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.

  1. 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.
  2. Save on hot water by setting your electric water heater temperature to 120 degrees Fahrenheit and taking shorter showers.
  3. Open window coverings during the day to allow the sun’s warmth in and close them at night to keep the chill out.
  4. Make sure your home is leak-free – check all the nooks and crannies around windows, doors, plumbing and more.
  5. Insulate your hot water heater and hot water pipes to prevent heat loss.
  6. Install storm windows to reduce heat loss by 25 to 50 percent.
  7. Keep your heating equipment in tip-top shape and replace all filters regularly.