With the end of daylight saving time in the U.S., we have shorter days and temperatures are looming. That’s the time to check a few important items to protect your home and family and to save money on energy bills. Just fall back and check three:
1. Check the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
Your smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detectors are only as good as the batteries that power them. Check the batteries twice a year. It’s easy to remember, if you test when the time changes. So the weekend you turn your clocks back an hour, take a moment to push the test button on your detectors. If they respond with a loud siren or flashing light, they’re good to go. If not, replace with fresh batteries and retest.
2. Adjust the time back one hour on your programmable thermostats, appliances and clocks
Just as you change the clocks, remember to change the timer on your programmable thermostat. If you don’t , your heater will kick on one hour early and begin blowing warm air while you are still asleep, wrapped up in your blanket and comforter. There’s no reason to pay for that extra hour of heating. Likewise, adjust the timer on your kitchen appliances and clocks to make sure your alarms and programmable cooking timers are correct.
3. Adjust the time back one hour on your sprinklers and security lights
Don’t forget your outdoor timers! Make sure your security lights turn on at dusk, which arrives an hour earlier when we go to standard time in the fall. Also, adjust your irrigation sprinklers to ensure they turn on at the correct time of day.