Give Fall A Warm Welcome

Quick Tips to Raise Your Smart Home IQ & Lower Your Heating Bill

It’s high season for football, family traditions, and last-minute guests who pop in for the holidays. Let Smart Neighbor help you give friends and family a warm welcome with quick tips for eco-friendly heaters, smart thermostats, and a DIY ENERGY STAR®  guide.

Give Fall a Warm Welcome with These Quick Tips to Raise Your Smart Home IQ Autumn's chill is here! Check your heat settings with a smart thermostat app. 



If your doors and windows are drafty, try installing clear thermal film or closed-cell foam or weather stripping to prevent winter wind from seeping in underneath thresholds and sills. Still chilly? Try 1000 watts of pure power from the pureHeat SNUG Wall Plug Heater. It warms up any room (up to 650 feet) and fits right into any 3-pronged electrical outlet. With no cord to trip over, automatic shut-off and a safe-to-touch external housing, this little beauty will have your toes toasty without taking up too much room.

If autumn’s chill, falling leaves and animal dander are causing your allergies to flare, try the portable pureHeat 3-in-1 Heater and Air Purifier, a space-age space heater that combines heater, humidifier, and air purifier into one compact, energy-efficient appliance that works with a wireless remote.



Space heaters in common areas may allow you to turn down the heat in other rooms, and with the new generation of smart thermostats, you can pre-program daily settings or swipe down temperatures for spontaneous entrances and exits.

Folks who use an ENERGY STAR® certified smart thermostat, such as the newest Nest Learning Thermostat will save about 10% of their heating and cooling energy, an average of $180 per year, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  Nest’s independent studies show the learning model saves people 10%-12% on heating bills and 15% on A/C.

Connect this little gem to your Wi-Fi and you can turn up the heat from your tablet, laptop or phone on your way home from work, warming up your space before you even open the door.

Turning the thermostat way up or down the minute you walk in from a long day at work won’t actually change the speed at which your home heats or cools – but it will definitely cause your HVAC system to work overtime. Set it and forget it for long-term savings. During cooler months, the EPA recommends setting an 8° drop in temperature when you are asleep or away from home.

Install your new thermostat away from heating vents or drafty doorways and be sure to change air filters regularly. Order a few air filters at a time and use a permanent marker on the edge to note the date you replace them, so there’s no squabbling about when it’s time to change them out again!


Chilly Weather Checklist

  • Flip the switch on your ceiling fans so the blades turn clockwise to push warm air down and keep drafts at bay.
  • Cover up cold feet. Research shows we are more sensitive to feeling cold when our toes are exposed, and women are more likely than men to have cold feet. Wearing comfy wool socks can help you feel warm all over.
  • Does your attic get an A for efficiency? It needs an R. Check out the EPA’s Energy Star® DIY guide to learn more about R-Values – the measure of how well each type of insulation conducts heat – and see if updating your insulation at the top might benefit your bottom line.
  • If your water heater tank is warm to the touch, believe it or not, it may need a blanket. Check with the manufacturer to see if it has an R value of at least 24, and if not, try adding a custom-made insulating blanket, which can reduce heat loss by 25%-45%.

To learn even more about running an energy-efficient home, log in to Alabama Power for your personalized energy checkup.


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