Like most South Texans, you’re probably ready for the cool, crisp fall weather that seems to be heading our way. It’s the ideal time to get back outside — work in the yard or take a walk to see some fall colors.
It’s also a good time to make sure your home is safe and energy efficient for the approaching winter. So while you’re sipping on that pumpkin-spiced latte, take a few moments to check out these five tips for a happy and safe fall season.
1. Schedule a fall maintanence check for your heating and air conditioning system – Your heating and air conditioning system should be inspected and cleaned twice a year (spring and fall, preferably) by a licensed professional. Check out our licensed contractor section on cpsenergysavers.com to find a reputable contractor. Also, get ready for winter by taking our online Do It Yourself Energy Check Up to discover additional ways to save. If you want to do a more thorough evaluation, schedule an energy audit company to test your home’s energy efficiency.
2. Weatherize your home with CPS Energy rebates – Fall is a good time to make your home more energy efficient before the first blast of cold winter weather hits. Having an energy efficient home is like having a warm winter coat on a cold day. Does your home have a “light jacket” or a “comfortable coat” for the cold weather? Improving insulation in your home, reducing air leaks and adding caulk around window frames and weather-stripping around door frames is like giving your home a new “comfortable coat.” The best part is it will keep you warm and help you save on energy costs. We also have a whole range of rebates to choose from on cpsenergysavers.com to help you make your home more energy efficient for winter. We offer a variety of rebates for insulation, air flow performance and natural gas appliances. Eligible homeowners or renters may receive free weatherization measures designed to improve the energy efficiency of their homes through the Casa Verde program.
3. Call Before You Dig – Before you grab a shovel for a gardening project, pick up the phone and dial 8-1-1 to get all underground utility lines in your yard located and marked. Call Before You Dig is a free service that will help you make sure all CPS Energy electric and natural gas lines as well as cable and phone lines will be marked so you can steer clear of them. Within 48 hours (two working days) of making the call, utility companies will send someone to your home to mark utility lines. Calling 811 before every digging job (regardless of depth) is the law.
4. Safely light gas pilots – If you’re a little nervous about lighting a pilot on a furnace, we can help! CPS Energy can light and adjust your natural gas appliances, water heaters and furnace pilots for just $24 plus tax.
5. Check carbon monoxide and smoke detectors – Fall is a good time to check the batteries in your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors to make sure they’re operating correctly in case of an emergency. Also, check if detectors are located in the right areas of your home. Carbon monoxide detectors should be installed in a central location outside each separate sleeping area. According to the National Fire Prevention Association, smoke detectors should be installed on each level of your home, outside each sleeping area and inside each bedroom.