Get fired up about savings
with these winter heating tips.

General home tips:

  • Have your furnace and ductwork inspected annually. Loose, broken AC ductwork accounts for 15-35% of a home’s energy loss.
  • Change furnace filters every month.
  • Caulk, seal and weatherstrip openings from your home to the outside.
  • Increase your attic insulation if the joists are showing. Recommended level: R-38 or 10-16 inches blown.
  • Repair and weatherstrip air leaks in the home. About 10-25% of energy used to cool homes escapes through air leaks.
  • Unless it is equipped specifically for home heating, use your fireplace sparingly. Warm air escapes through the chimney. Close the damper when you're not using your fireplace.
  • Install a humidifier and set it at 35% to 40% humidity in the winter. This will help your home feel warmer at a lower temperature setting.
  • Keep your heat pump clear of obstructions, including snow.
  • Check throughout your home to make sure air registers aren’t blocked by furniture or other obstructions.
  • Vacuum or dust air registers regularly.

Your thermostat:

  • Be consistent with your thermostat settings.
  • Install a programmable thermostat. Customers with heat pumps should use programmable thermostats or gradually change their settings to avoid putting the heat pump into costly emergency heating mode.
  • If you use a programmable thermostat, lower the thermostat during the day when no one is home and even lower overnight while you are sleeping.

Windows and vents:

  • Shade your windows. Possible savings: 10-25%.
  • Open draperies and shades on south-facing windows to allow more sunlight and heat during the day. Close them at night to conserve heat.
  • Move furnishings away from floor or return air vents.
  • Use bathroom and kitchen exhaust fans sparingly. They can quickly pull warm air from your home.

Behaviors:

  • Encourage members of your household to layer clothing rather than turn up the heat.
  • Take shorter showers. Open bathroom doors after taking a shower to allow warm, moist air to circulate.
  • Take the ENERGY STAR pledge to make your home more energy efficient.