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October is National Energy Awareness Month

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, October marks the 23rd annual observance of Energy Awareness Month.

The national campaign stresses the importance of conserving energy and making smart, clean energy choices. The month-long observation provides a time to raise awareness about how consumers use energy, where energy comes from and how individual decisions affect the supply and cost of energy.

Read on for a number of things you can do this fall to conserve energy in your home.

Energy Tips for Fall

  • Schedule an annual maintenance and safety check of your heating system.
  • Use caulk and weather-stripping to reduce air leakage around windows, doors, baseboards, exhaust vents and other openings where cold air can leak into your home.
  • Wrap your water heater with a water heater blanket, especially if itís in an unheated area of your home. The blanket could save you up to 10 percent on water heating costs.
  • Dry loads of clothes back to back to take advantage of heat built up in the dryer.
  • Check your refrigerator. Units more than 10 years old use up to 50 percent more energy than new energy-efficient models.