Energy Saving Tips

14 TIPS TO REDUCE HEATING COSTS

  1. Reduce Thermostat Setting to 68 Degrees
    Winter heating costs are closely related to interior temperature.  Reducing your thermostat setting can save substantially on heating costs.  Adding a sweater and a warm pair of socks can go a long way to increase comfort in a cooler house.
  1. Set Back Thermostat at Night and when House is Unoccupied
    Setting the thermostat back 10 degrees at night or when the house will be unoccupied can save up to 15 percent on heating costs.  While it is true the furnace will have to run more to reheat the house, the energy saved while the home is cooler more than offsets the extra run time to reheat the home.
  1. Install a Programmable Thermostat
    Programmable thermostats provide the ability to automatically lower the home temperature at night and during the day and still have the home warm when you get up or arrive home from work.  If you have a heat pump, a special setback thermostat is required for maximum savings.
  1. Change Furnace Filter
    Dirty, clogged furnace filters lower the heater’s efficiency by preventing proper airflow through the furnace.  How often you will need to change filters will vary, but you should check the filter monthly.
  1. Have Furnace Cleaned and Tuned
    Having the furnace cleaned and tuned helps assure a safe and efficient furnace.  Tuning may involve resetting the fuel air mixture for proper combustion, and cleaning of the blower and burners to assure maximum airflow and complete combustion.
  1. Let Sunshine in South Windows During Day
    Open drapes on the south side of your home during winter days and close them at night.  Sun angles are low in winter, allowing substantial solar heating through all south windows.  You may want to trim vegetation that shades south windows.  East, west, and north windows do not contribute to the winter heating effort.
  1. Check and Replace Weather Stripping on Doors and Windows
    Air leaks around faulty weather stripping on doors and windows contribute to making interior spaces of your home uncomfortable and increase heating costs.  Check for drafts and repair or replace worn weather stripping and brittle caulking or consider adding some insulating material.
  1. Close Storm Windows and Doors
    Storm windows installed over primary windows are almost as good as double pane windows for reducing heat loss buy only if they are kept closed.  Make a check of all your storm windows to assure you have closed them when cold weather arrives.
  1. Operate Kitchen and Bath Vents Minimally
    Bath and kitchen vents exhaust heated air and moisture to the outside.  If your home is dry during the winter you may not need to operate these vents at all.  However, if you have condensation on windows, operate the vents to remove cooking and bathing moisture but be sure to turn them off when they are not needed.
  1. Lower the Thermostat Set Point on Your Water Heater
    Water temperatures above about 125 degrees are not needed for most tasks.  A simple way to check your water temperature is to carefully place the back of your hand under a steady stream of hot water – if it is too hot to keep there, it is too hot.  This condition would allow you to lower the thermostat setting and save.
  1. Reduce Hot Water Use
    Reducing hot water use is effective in reducing the cost of heating water.  Low-flow showerheads reduce water and energy costs.  Take showers rather than baths since showering, in general, takes less water than baths.  Repair leaky faucets.  This will save on water and water-heating costs.
  1. Check Fireplace Damper
    If your home has a fireplace that you aren’t using, be sure the flue is closed and glass doors are in place to minimize heat loss.
  1. Insulate Exposed Ductwork
    Seal and insulate any exposed ductwork that runs through unheated areas, such as crawl spaces and attics.
  1. Proper Insulation Offers Big Saving
    Insulation is not just for attics and outside walls.  Insulation should also be installed in other areas of your home such as ceilings with unheated spaces, basement walls, and floors above vented crawl spaces, Cathedral ceilings and floors over unheated garages or porches. Click here to view a fact sheet for proper insulation information.

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