Heating Tips

General Home Tips

  • Have your furnace and ductwork inspected annually. Loose, broken AC ductwork accounts for 15-35% of a home’s energy loss.
  • Change furnace filters every month.
  • Caulk, seal, and weatherstrip openings from your home to the outside.
  • Increase your attic insulation if the joists are showing. Recommended level:R-38 or 10-16 inches blown
  • Repair and weatherstrip air leaks in the home. About 10-25% of energy used to cool homes escapes through air leaks.
  • Unless it is equipped specifically for home heating, use your fireplace sparingly. Warm air escapes through the chimney. Close the damper when you're not using your fireplace.
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Seal Ductwork

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Seal Air Leaks

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Understanding Your Heat Pump

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Seal Off Fireplaces

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Change Furnace Filters Monthly

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Weatherstrip Doors and Windows

Your Thermostat

  • Be consistent with your thermostat settings.
  • Install a programmable thermostat. Customers with heat pumps should use programmable thermostats or gradually change their settings to avoid putting the heat pump into costly emergency heating mode.
  • If you use a programmable thermostat, lower the thermostat during the day when no one is home and even lower overnight while you are sleeping.
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Lower Your Thermostat

Windows and Vents

  • Shade your windows. Possible savings: 10-25%
  • Open draperies and shades on south-facing windows to allow more sunlight and heat during the day. Close them at night to conserve heat.
  • Move furnishings away from floor or return air vents.
  • Use bathroom and kitchen exhaust fans sparingly. They can quickly pull warm air from your home.


  • Encourage members of your household to layer clothing rather than turn up the heat.
  • Take shorter showers. Open bathroom doors after taking a shower to allow warm, moist air to circulate.

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