Heating Energy and Savings Tips

Heating is the largest energy expense in most homes, accounting for 35-50% of annual energy bills in colder parts of the country. Reducing your heating energy use is the single most effective way to save money and reduce your home’s contribution to global climate change.  There are many ways to get started – from no cost actions like changing the temperature of your water heater, to larger investments in energy efficiency heating systems. 

You can save 10% or more on your energy bill by stopping air leaks in your home.
The water heater can be set manually to 120ºF, reducing fuel consumption by 5-10%.
In most homes, you can save about 2% of your heating bill for each degree that you lower the thermostat for at least 8 hours each day.
Replacing windows can save you money in reduced energy bills and many utilities provide rebates for such purchases.
Old gas furnaces that have a pilot light are typically only about 65% efficient, while the least efficient systems made today are 80% efficient.