Published September 11, 2023
Cooler temperatures flowing into Minnesota will probably be a major relief for your energy bill after the fourth hottest summer in Minnesota history. There’s hope in site: on average, Minnesotan fall brings with it some of the most temperate temperatures and clear skies we experience throughout the year. As you start the switch from shorts to sweaters, here are our tips to keep your energy bills low, and our strategies to prepare for the winter months ahead.
- Adjust your thermostat. The Department of Energy recommends setting the temperature at 68 degrees when you are awake and turning it down by as much as 10 degrees while you are away or asleep.
- Use a programmable or smart thermostat to control when your furnace turns on and off throughout the day.
- Service your furnace to make sure it runs efficiently as the weather starts to cool down.
- Use the sun. Open your curtains and blinds throughout the day to allow sunlight to naturally heat your home.
- Check windows and doors for leaks and seal leaks before the cold weather arrives.
- Layer up. Bundle up during the colder months to stay comfortable and reduce energy costs.
- Cook and bake efficiently. Use lids on pots and pans to reduce cooking time. Bake multiple things at once. Use crockpots, toaster ovens, and microwaves to save energy.
- Keep fridge and freezers full, but not crowded. If your fridge or freezer is empty, fill milk jugs with water to fill up space, and throw out old food if it’s too full.
- Inspect and clean your fireplace. Make sure your fireplace is safe. Close fireplace dampers when you are not using the fireplace to prevent heat from escaping.
- Redirect ceiling fans. Switch the rotation of ceiling fans to clockwise and operate them at a slow rate to circulate warm air down from the ceiling.