- Keep your air ducts free from obstructions.
- Turn off everything not in use: lights, TVs, computers, etc.
- If you have baseboard heating, keep the baseboards free from obstructions.
- Rearrange furniture that is blocking air ducts or heating registers.
- Dust or vacuum air ducts, registers, radiators and refrigerator coils regularly.
- During winter months, keep shades and blinds open during the day to allow sunlight and heat into your home.
- At night close shades and blinds to slow heat loss through the glass.
- Set your thermostat at 65°-68° F during the winter while you’re home during the day. Lower it at night or while you’re away to 55°-58° F. Please note that people with medical problems may require a higher setting.
- If possible, use a humidifier in the winter. Moist air feels warmer and you can set your thermostat lower.
- Replace damaged weather stripping around doors and windows.
- Seal windows with plastic film to keep out drafts.
- Keep furnace filters clean. A dirty filter increases heating costs.
- If you have a fireplace, make sure the damper is closed when not in use.
- Have your heating unit checked to see if it's running properly.
- Run dishwashers only when they are full. This will help reduce water and energy heating expenses.
- Whenever possible, wash clothes in cold water. Most laundry detergents work effectively in cold water.
- Here is a link to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Consumer Guide to Energy Efficiency. The guide contains additional energy saving tips. www.eere.energy.gov/consumer