This is the time of year when a 60 degree morning feels chilly and many of us are waking up to a dark, pre-dawn sky. We’re ready to put on sweaters, watch football, think about buying Halloween candy (just for the kids, of course) and enjoy the taste of pumpkin spice-flavored everything. But it’s also the right time to think about weatherizing your house for autumn because those cold temperatures tend to sneak up on us when we least expect it.

That’s right; it’s time to think about properly heating your house. It may have been 80 degrees out yesterday, but before you know it, it will be in the ‘50s, with the digits in your thermometer beating a steady retreat downward. Learn more about keeping your house warm for comfort and safety  while also saving money on heating bills with Energy Saver's extensive page on home heating systems

The best furnace in the world won’t help much if your house is drafty. Make sure that you take the time to install proper insulation and air sealing. Something as simple as adding weather stripping to your doors and windows can save you money on your energy bill.

If you aren’t sure what your house might need to be energy efficient, you can also do an home energy assessment either using a professional service or using our DIY checklist. Home energy assessments help point out where and how you could be losing energy and how best to fix it.

If you want to learn how you can save even more year round, the Energy Saver website is loaded with great suggestions, information, and help for those who want to save money without sacrificing comfort. And if you’re a regular reader of the Energy Saver blog, you might really enjoy the EERE Blog as well.

So get ready for cooler weather, autumn is here and winter is coming!