Dear Resident, provided by 100% IOWA
Fall is officially here, which means it’s time to gear up for cooler weather and more time indoors.
While spending more time at home can lead to higher energy bills, it doesn’t have to! There are simple steps that you can take to help reduce energy waste, which allows people to keep their utility costs down, helps low-income individuals and families pay their bills, and makes housing safer and more comfortable for everyone.
Here are a few tips for reducing energy waste this fall that can help you become more energy and cost-efficient at home:
- Weatherstrip windows and doors to seal leaks and gaps
- Make sure furniture items aren’t obstructing heat vents
- Turn down the water heater a few degrees
- While you’re cooking meals at home, use the dishwasher! It can save your home dozens of gallons of hot water per day
- Replace furnace filters on schedule
- Swap out old light bulbs for ENERGY STAR® rated LED light bulbs
- Keep lights off during the day and prioritize natural lighting
- Install a programmable thermostat (and get a rebate!)
In addition to these basic energy-saving tips, MidAmerican Energy has expanded some of their rebate offerings to help reduce energy costs. Click MidAmerican Energy to find out how you can save money by installing new, energy-efficient equipment in your home through the end of the year.
For an exhaustive list of ways to make your home more energy-efficient, visit the ENERGY STAR® ways to save page, and be sure to like 100% Iowa on Facebook for more home energy tips as we head into fall!
100% Iowa Team