Tips For Heating Your Home Efficiently

In the average American household, almost half of the annual energy bill goes to heating and cooling – more than $900 a year. This season, fall into energy savings with heating tips from ENERGY STAR and enjoy lower energy bills, increased home comfort, and the warm feeling that comes from knowing you’re helping reduce greenhouse gas emissions and making a difference in the environment for your family and generations to come.

6 Tips To Warm Savings

Keep The Cold Out and the Warm In

Sealing air leaks found around outer walls, windows, doors, etc. and adding insulation can save you up to 10% on your heating bills.

  • Simple fixes include installing weather stripping on doors and caulking around windows. Bigger jobs might include sealing leaks and adding insulation.
  • A good place to start is to check your attic insulation level. A good rule of thumb is that if the insulation level is just up to the top of the attic floor joists, you have less than half the recommended insulation levels for most locations in the U.S.

Heat Your Home Efficiently

Maintaining your HVAC system can save you big on utility bills and comfort.

  • Check your furnace’s air filter once a month, especially during the heavy-use months of winter. A dirty filter slows air flow, making the system work harder which wastes energy. If it’s dirty, clean or replace it. At a minimum, clean or replace it every three months.
  • Sealing and insulating air ducts, especially those in your attic or crawlspace, helps keep the heat where you want it and can improve your HVAC system’s efficiency by as much as 10%.
  • Consider a yearly professional tune-up of your HVAC system.
  • If you need to replace your HVAC system, ask your contractor about ENERGY STAR certified units. And make sure that your new energy-efficient unit is properly installed for maximum savings.

Smart Savings

Make the smart choice to control your temperature settings with an ENERGY STAR certified smart thermostat. It will help you save money and stay comfortable in your home.

Smart thermostats that earn the ENERGY STAR provide:

Convenience

  • Many smart thermostats learn your temperature preferences and establish a schedule that automatically adjusts to energy-saving temperatures when you are asleep or away.
  • Geofencing allows your smart thermostat to know when you’re on the way home and automatically adjusts your home’s temperature to your liking.

Control

  • Wi-Fi enabled thermostats allow you to control your home’s heating and cooling remotely through your smartphone.
  • ENERGY STAR certified smart thermostats quickly enter a low-power standby mode when inactive.

Insight

  • Smart thermostats provide equipment use and temperature data you can track and manage.
  • Periodic software updates ensure your smart thermostat is using the latest algorithms and energy-saving features available.

Light The Moment with ENERGY STAR

There are more than 3 billion light fixtures in homes across the U.S. with old, inefficient bulbs wasting Americans billions of dollars in energy costs and contributing to greenhouse gas emissions. You can do your part to save energy and protect the planet by lighting your moments with ENERGY STAR certified LED light bulbs. High-quality ENERGY STAR certified LED light bulbs are now more affordable than ever and, only LED bulbs that have earned the ENERGY STAR label are independently certified to deliver the quality and performance you deserve.

ENERGY STAR certified LED bulbs deliver:

  • Big Energy Savings: Lasting over 12 years, and saving you energy and money the whole time.
  • Environmental Benefits: Protecting the planet for the special moments of future generations.
  • Light Distribution: Lighting the small, intimate moments AND the big, busy ones with just the right brightness and color.
  • Highest Quality Performance: Perfect for maximizing the impact of all your special moments.

Save Energy While Enjoying Football Season

You can even save energy and money during the season while watching your favorite teams with ENERGY STAR certified electronics!

  • A home equipped with TVs, set-top boxes, a Blu-ray player and a home theater in a box that have earned the ENERGY STAR, can save nearly $140 over the life of the products.
  • If you’re streaming video, laptops and tablets use the least amount of energy. If you are using another device, like a Blu-ray player, choose equipment that has earned the ENERGY STAR.
  • And, don’t forget, holiday season is right around the corner and the best gifts do great things! ENERGY STAR products, including electronics, appliances and lighting make great gifts. ENERGY STAR certified products go beyond the latest features and functions to deliver great energy efficiency and they are good for the environment.

Warm Up to Water Heater Savings

Water heaters are the second highest source of energy usage in the home. If your water heater is over 10 years old, don’t wait for it to fail.  A new ENERGY STAR certified heat pump water heater can save $300 a year in energy costs plus even more with rebates now available from participating utilities. All this adds up to big savings for you and the environment. Warm up to savings with ENERGY STAR today!

Source: Energy Star: www.energystar.gov

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