Fall into Autumn with These Quick Energy-Saving Tips Let the sunshine in Take advantage of heat from the sun by opening window shades and curtains on the south side of your house so those warm rays of sunshine can heat up your home. At night, close the curtains to keep the heat inside. Prep your heating vents Make sure the dampers on your heating vents are open and not blocked by furniture or drapes, so the heat can freely flow through your home when the cold weather kicks in. While you’re at it, vacuum out any dust or pet hair from the registers and air returns that may have collected throughout the spring and summer to ensure your furnace runs efficiently. Check your chimney There’s nothing quite like snuggling up in front of a warm fire with family and friends. Fall is the best time to have your chimney cleaned and vent systems checked, so when winter rolls around, you’re ready for that blazing fire. When fireplaces are not in use, dampers should be closed to keep warm air in and cold air out. Seal your leaks Heat from your home can escape and cold air from outside can creep in through any spaces around your doors and windows. Sealing with caulk or weather stripping before any winter weather arrives can save you up to 10% on your energy bill. Upgrade to a smart thermostat Fall weather can be unpredictable in Illinois, so recruit a smart thermostat to balance it out. A smart thermostat provides many new benefits and can simplify your life while saving you energy. Smart thermostats can learn your schedule and automatically drop and raise your home’s temperature while you come and go. Your smart thermostat can also be controlled through your smart phone. Coming home early from work? Heading home from the airport? Still in bed and wish it was a bit warmer? If you’ve got your smart phone handy, you have control of your thermostat! Best of all, you can even save money when you purchase an ENERGY STAR® certified smart thermostat with these available rebates. Remove window air conditioners When cooler weather rolls in and you no longer need your window air conditioner, remove it and store it safely away. If you’re not able to move it, seal it up with caulking or tape and cover it to prevent any debris or moisture from sneaking inside. When you’ve checked all of the fall projects off your to-do list, find ways to save energy in the winter!