(CNN) — In many parts of the country, as temperatures drop, energy bills rise. Already this fall, some regions have seen winter-like temperatures, meaning it’s time to start thinking about weatherizing your home.
The government has some tips to get your home energy ready so that when fall fades into winter your wallet won’t suffer.
It’s that time of year to start thinking about how you can keep utility bills lower, when temperatures fall faster than the leaves.
The U.S. Department of Energy says start with your thermostat.
If you haven’t upgraded in a while, it might be a smart investment to swap out that manual device for a programmable one.
These newer thermostats allow you to program a schedule of temperature settings, according to the hours you’re home.
The “Set it and Forget it” technology means you don’t have to remember to adjust several times a day.
The government’s energy experts say you can save 5 to 15 percent on your bills, just by dialing back that temperature 10 to 15 degrees for 8 hours a day.
You might also want to consider a do-it-yourself home energy audit.
It’s a simple checklist that looks at the energy efficiency of specific aspects of your home.
This includes looking for air leaks, checking insulation and making sure light bulbs are not running up your electric bill.
You can find the full checklist and do-it-yourself solutions at www.energy.gov.
Most of these projects are pretty budget friendly, but if weatherization just isn’t an option for you because finances are tight, government programs are available to help get your home ready for winter.