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A look at the calendar confirms fall is here. Mums and pumpkins are starting to adorn every stoop, and there’s a heap of NFL games on Sunday, too. So, yes, it’s definitely fall! As many of you turn off your air conditioning, you discover that fall might be the best season to save on your cooling or heating costs. The weather isn’t cold enough to turn on your heater so you can open the windows and enjoy those crisp, fall temperatures.

As you head into pumpkin spice everything and sweater weather, these simple tips can help you keep your energy bills at bay, all while making another small change to help the climate:

Set your thermostat to 68 degrees. According to the U.S department of Energy, you can save as much as 10% on heating and cooling by turning your thermostat back 7-10 degrees for 8 hours a day from its normal setting. And right before bed, you can lower it by 3 degrees, making it easier on your HVAC to regulate the temperature in your home, allowing you to save money. Too much to keep track of? A smart thermostat can adjust the temperature of your home on a schedule or as directed from your mobile phone.

Harness the power of the sun. Blinds and curtains are an effective method for cutting heating and cooling costs. On fall days when there is a slight crisp in the air, let the sun do some of the heating for you. Open your blinds to allow sunlight to pour through and warm your home while you are at work or running errands. Once it gets dark, close them tight to lock in the heat.

Seasonal transitions are a perfect time to do an energy audit. Seriously, when was the last time you had a home energy assessmentHome energy checkups help homeowners find where their house is losing energy. And if your home is losing energy, you are losing money. A professional technician can give your home a checkup, but you can also hash out some of the steps yourself by checking for leaks, examining your homes insulation and inspecting your furnace.

Tap into a Nexamp community solar farm. Consider tapping into one of our local community solar farms! Our solar farms are generating plenty of power year-round. Community Solar with Nexamp is the perfect option for those who don’t have the right roof for solar panels, find the installation prices too high, or just don’t like the look. It doesn’t matter if you own a house or rent an apartment, anyone can sign up. Our subscribers receive credits on their bill that are directly linked to the production of our farms, saving them on their annual electricity bill.

So, brew some hot cider and get a head start on your energy savings. Connect with us today to learn more on how you can tap into a community solar farm in your area!