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Turn Back Time, Turn Up Energy Savings
Six ways to save energy in the 60 minutes gained when daylight saving time ends
It’s time to turn back the clock and turn up your energy savings. When daylight saving time ends on Sunday, November 3 you gain an hour - along with longer nights, shorter days and cooler temperatures. It’s a perfect time to get your home ready for winter, which can help you save energy while you’re waiting to spring forward again.
Six Ways to Save in 60 Minutes
Spend those extra 60 minutes to winterize your home inside and out with one – or all – of these six tips:
- Hire a qualified professional to clean and inspect your furnace or boiler.
- Change your furnace filter. During heating season, you should change filters once a month, or consider switching to a permanent filter.
- Check for colder air near doors and windows. Get a draft guard, weather stripping or caulk to fill any gaps.
- Run your fans in reverse. A clockwise rotation will circulate warmer air pooled near the ceiling back into your living space.
- Turn down your thermostat. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends wintertime temperature settings of 68°F during the day, and 60°F to 65°F at night.
- Schedule an energy audit through our READI Program if you’re an Entergy customer. An energy analyst will visit your home and help you identify more ways to improve your home's energy efficiency and reduce your energy costs.
Light Up the Night
It may get darker earlier, but you can light up the night. Outdoor security lighting increases visibility and safety outside your home or business. Entergy offers outdoor security lighting for residential and business customers for a low monthly fee, which includes installation, maintenance and repairs. Entergy customers can visit our security lighting website for more information.
Fall Back, Safely
Indoor safety is just as important as outdoor safety. As you fall back, be sure to heed the National Safety Council’s advice and replace batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. It’s also a good time to cover your home emergency plans with family. Smoke detectors should be replaced every 10 years and carbon monoxide detectors should be replaced every five years, but batteries for both should be replaced every year.
Visit entergy.com/savemoney for more ways to reduce energy costs, including a variety of energy-saving tips, videos and energy calculators that will help you determine the best cost-cutting options for your needs.