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Energy Efficient Home Heating Systems

During colder months, heating is often the number one energy expense for many people. In fact, heating your home can account for more than half of your total monthly natural gas bill, if you have a natural gas furnace (over 90% of furnaces are fueled by natural gas).  Heating can total over 40% of your electric bill, if your heating system is electric.

You can always save money and increase your comfort by properly maintaining and upgrading your heating equipment. Insulation, air sealing, and simple thermostat re-setting could lower your energy costs by as much as 30% while also reducing environmental emissions.

 

You can save about 2% of your heating bill for each degree that you lower the thermostat (if the turndown lasts a good fraction of the day or night). Turning down the thermostat from 70°F to 65°F, for example, saves about 10%.

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Tips For Lowering Your Home Heating Costs

Program your thermostat lower in the winter when you’re sleeping or away from home.

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Program your thermostat lower in the winter when you’re sleeping or away from home.

Clean or replace filters on furnaces once a month or as recommended.

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Clean or replace filters on furnaces once a month or as recommended.

Keep warm-air registers, baseboard heaters and radiators clean and clear of furniture, carpeting or drapes.

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Keep warm-air registers, baseboard heaters and radiators clean and clear of furniture, carpeting and drapes.

Eliminate trapped air from hot-water radiators every season

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Eliminate trapped air from hot-water radiators every season; seek a professional’s help if necessary.

Place heat-resistant radiator reflectors between exterior walls and radiators

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Place heat-resistant radiator reflectors between exterior walls and radiators.

Turn off kitchen, bath and other exhaust fans after you are done cooking or bathing

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Turn off kitchen, bath and other exhaust fans after you are done cooking or bathing.

When replacing exhaust fans, consider installing high-efficiency, low-noise models

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When replacing exhaust fans, consider installing high-efficiency, low-noise models.

During winter, open draperies and shades on your south-facing windows during the day

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During winter, open draperies and shades on your south-facing windows during the day to let sunlight in your home, and close them at night to retain the heat.

Select energy-efficient appliances and products when you buy new home-heating equipment. Your energy provider offers guidance on how to choose energy-efficient products, and contractors can provide fact sheets for different types, models and designs to help you compare energy usage. See the efficiency standards for information on minimum ratings, and look for the ENERGY STAR® when purchasing new products. 

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