How to Lower Your Winter Energy Bill

  • Install adequate insulation in your attic, walls, basement, crawl spaces and floors. Insulate and weather-strip the accesses to your attic.
  • Install weather stripping and caulk around windows and doors to seal cracks.
  • Wrap insulation around heating ducts and water pipes that run through basements, garages or crawl spaces.
  • Close off unoccupied rooms and shut off heat vents in those rooms.
  • Clean air registers and intake vents regularly. Make sure they are not blocked by furniture, carpeting or draperies.
  • Close fireplace damper tightly when not in use and make sure it fits properly.
  • Open draperies, blinds or shades during the day on windows that receive direct sunlight. Close them when the sun goes down or during unoccupied periods to retain heat.
  • Set your ceiling fan motor so the blades push air up toward the ceiling, where hot air normally rises. The fan will drive the warm air back down around the edges of the room, which will result in more even distribution of heat.
  • Place foam gaskets behind light switches and outlet covers to prevent air coming in from the wall space.
  • Clean or replace furnace filters monthly. Have your heating systems inspected and, if necessary, adjusted annually.
  • If your furnace is more than 15 years old, consider replacing it with an ENERGY STAR qualified furnace.
  • If you use electricity to heat your home, consider installing an energy-efficient heat pump.
  • Install a programmable thermostat to automatically adjust your home’s temperature when you are away or sleeping.

ENERGY STAR is an international standard for energy efficient consumer products originated in the United States. Devices carrying the Energy Star service mark generally use 20% - 30% less energy than required by federal standards