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Don’t block heating outlets with furniture or other objects
In winter months keep window shades and drapes open during the day to naturally warm your home. Close them at night to help insulate against heat loss.
Keep traditional fireplaces closed and the dampers shut when not in use.
Shorten showers; cutting shower time in half can cut your water heating costs by 33%.
Turn off all unnecessary appliances and lights and keep them unplugged and put your computer and monitor to sleep.
Start using energy saving settings on refrigerators, dishwashers, washing machines and clothes dryers.
Wash only full loads of dishes and clothes
Insulate hot water pipes and ducts.
Make sure your water heater has an insulating blanket.
You can also install low flow showerheads, again saving on hot water expenses.
Replace your furnace’s air filter before every heating season begins.
A programmable thermostat can save you up to 15% on your heating bill.
Replace incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent lamps.
Long Term Investments
Replacing your windows and siding with high-efficiency windows and siding can reduce your heating and cooling costs by more than 15%.
Purchase Energy Star qualified products and appliances for your home.
Only 20% of homes built before 1980 are efficiently insulated, increase your home’s insulation and reduce heating and cooling costs by more than 15%.