Winter Energy-Saving Tips
on Tuesday, December 13, 2022
Guides and Tips
Winter's cool temps driving your heating costs up? Try these tips to help save energy.
Find and Seal Leaks
- Find and seal air leaks in your home. Common sources include utility cut-throughs and plumbing penetrations, gaps around chimneys and recessed lights, unfinished spaces behind cupboards and closets, window and door frames, and outlets and light switches.
Maintain Your Heating System
- Replace your filter every month.
- Have your furnace inspected by a professional every year. They will ensure everything is working as it should and can alert you to potential problems before they become an emergency.
- If you use a pellet or wood stove, clean the flue regularly.
- When it's time to replace your system, select an energy-efficient model.
- Vacuum your vents and registers regularly, and ensure that vents aren't blocked by drapery and furniture.
Maintain Your Fireplace
- Keep the damper closed when not in use. Otherwise, warm air will escape up the chimney.
- When in use, lower the thermostat and open the nearest window slightly.
- Install tempered glass doors and a heat-air exchange system that blows warmed air back into the room.
- Check the seal on the fireplace flue damper and make it as snug as possible. Also, add caulking around the hearth.
Use Ceiling Fans
- Set your fan to a low speed with the blades rotating in a clockwise direction. This will push the warm air collected at the ceiling around the room.
Lower Your Thermostat
- Turn down your thermostat by 10 degrees for eight hours, and you could save up to 10% on your heating costs. Consider investing in a smart thermostat that will automatically adjust temperatures for you.
Let the Sunshine In
- Open curtains or blinds on sunny days to let the sun help warm your rooms.
- Close blinds and curtains at night to prevent heat from escaping.
Visit energy.gov/energysaver for more tips on improving your home's efficiency all year long.