It’s the season where cold and snowy days are more common than not. When you come home you want to walk into a warm, cozy area to get out of the chilly weather without paying a lot in utility costs. Here are a few things you can do to help keep your energy bills down while keeping your home warm.
Check the furnace filter
Filters should be changed out every month to keep your furnace running smoothly. Doing this will increase airflow, up your heaters performance, and improve the air quality in your home.
Get a programmable thermostat
Having a programmable thermostat allows you to lower the temperature of your home while you’re away or asleep. Doing this will help cut costs on your energy bill since your home won’t be heating all day.
Close the fireplace damper
This is a place that is often forgotten when it comes to sealing up drafts. Be sure to close the damper so cool air does not come in through the chimney.
Check doors and windows for air leaks
Even the smallest cracks can cause drafts that will bring the cool air in your home. Use weather stripping and caulk to seal up your doors and windows.
Turn the water heater down
There is no need to keep your water heater at the highest temperature at all times. Turn it down to a warm setting to save on energy costs.
Summer is coming to an end, but there are still fun things to do on the weekends with your family and friends. Get outside, have fun, and support Utah’s local vendors by visiting a farmers market near you. Here is a list of farmers markets across Utah:
Bountiful City Farmers Market
Location: 400 N 200 W (2th North Park)
Times and dates: Thursdays, 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. from until October 13 Cache Valley Gardeners’ Market
Location: 199 N. Main St. in Logan
Times and dates: Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. until October 21 Farmers Market Ogden
Location: 25th Street and Grant Avenue in Ogden
Times and dates: Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. until September 16 Syracuse City Farmers Market
Location: Shadow Point Shopping Center South/West corner (1200 W Antelope Dr) in Syracuse
Times and dates: Wednesdays, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. until September 27
Park Silly Sunday Market
Location: Historic Main Street in Park City
Times and dates: Sundays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. until September 17 Heber Valley Farmers Market
Location: Main Street Park (250 S. Main St.)
Times and dates: Thursdays, 4 p.m.-9 p.m. until August 31
It’s a holiday weekend and you’re probably headed off for a mini vacation with the family. Before you head out, there are a few things you can to do to ensure that your home is safe while you’re away. Here’s a quick pre-vacation checklist that you can use to put your mind at ease!