Service your heating system regularly.
Dirty units and filters drive energy costs up. Have a qualified professional service your system regularly to ensure that you are getting its full potential.
Program your thermostat to lower the temperature while you’re at work or sleeping.
This conserves a considerable amount of energy without affecting your personal comfort.
If you do not own a programmable thermostat, invest in one.
There are many brands ranging in price from around $50 to $125, and Honeywell, a leader in control technology, estimates that homeowners can get one to three months of free heating/cooling just by installing a programmable thermostat.
Add weather stripping around windows and doors.
In a drafty house, a $25 do-it-yourself investment can save up to 20% on energy bills!
Rearrange your furniture.
If furniture is impeding your vents, you are not benefiting from the full potential of your heating system.
Make use of the power of the sun.
During the day, make use of the sun’s free energy by opening your blinds or drapes. When the sun goes down, close the blinds and drapes to hold the heat in.
Use compact fluorescent light bulbs.
With winter comes less daylight, meaning more use of light bulbs. Not only do fluorescent bulbs use less energy, but they can last up to 5 years. Electric companies across the country suggest that replacing the 5 most used lights in your house can save up to $60 a year on your bill!
Use bathroom exhaust fans sparingly.
These fans can suck all the heated air out of a house in less than an hour. If you use the fan, be sure to turn it off when you leave the room.
Heat the rooms you use.
If there are rooms in your house that generally go unused, such as a spare bedroom, close the vents to direct heat to the rooms that get the most use.
Repair/Replace leaky toilets.
A leaky toilet can waste up to 200 gallons of water a day. Plus, new toilets are more efficient, using less water per flush than older models.
Got a drippy faucet?
Save money by keeping that water in the pipes. Drippy faucets can waste up to 2,000 gallons of water a year!