- Have your heating system professionally checked once a year and change filters regularly to keep your unit running efficiently. Also, check your heating system's ductwork to ensure that it is well insulated.
- Make sure heating registers and vents are not blocked by draperies, furniture, rugs or clothing. These vents should also be cleaned regularly with a vacuum or a broom.
- For every degree you lower your thermostat during the winter, you save between 3-5% on your heating bill. On average, you should set and keep the thermostat on a gas or electric heater at 68 degrees when the home is occupied, and 55 degrees at night or when it's unoccupied.
- A programmable thermostat will automatically adjust your heat so you don't have to remember to change it and can save you up to $100 a year.
- Take advantage of the sun’s energy and warmth by removing window screens during the winter.
- Don't close doors or shut off registers in rooms. This puts added strain on your central heating system.
- If you notice little or no air coming from some registers - or that some rooms are colder than others - this could indicate a problem with the ducts.
- Open drapes and shades on sunny days to let in the sun's heat. Close them at night and on cloudy days.
- Place a small thermometer on the wall next to your thermostat and compare readings. If there's any difference between the readings, adjust your thermostat.
- Close outside doors as quickly as possible. Just a few seconds with the door open lets in a lot of cold air.
Keeping Yourself Warm
- Wear heavier clothing indoors during cold, winter days and nights because layering clothes helps trap heat near your body.
- Instead of increasing the heat at night, add an extra blanket to your bed.
- Don’t stay in one place for too long. Exercise and other activities generate body heat.