As you prepare your home for colder temperatures this winter season, use a few of these easy, energy-efficient tips from Energy Star and the U.S. Department of Energy to save both energy and money.
- Set the thermostat comfortably low to save big – for instance, resetting your temperature from 72 degrees to 65 will save 10 percent on your heating bill.
- Save on hot water by setting your electric water heater temperature to 120 degrees Fahrenheit and taking shorter showers.
- Open window coverings during the day to allow the sun’s warmth in and close them at night to keep the chill out.
- Make sure your home is leak-free – check all the nooks and crannies around windows, doors, plumbing and more.
- Insulate your hot water heater and hot water pipes to prevent heat loss.
- Install storm windows to reduce heat loss by 25 to 50 percent.
- Keep your heating equipment in tip-top shape and replace all filters regularly.