Your furnace accounts for about 30% of the energy used in your home. These energy saving tips can help cut down on the heating costs during colder months.
Thermostat: Install a programmable thermostat to save you money by reducing your heat when you don't need it. There are many models out there to choose from in order to find one that fits your lifestyle the best. Set your thermostat at 68 degrees and program it to decrease the temperature by 6-8 degrees when your away from home or overnight.
Air Filter: You should always change out your air filter on a regular basis. This helps prevent your furnace from overworking and keeping out dust and dirt that can lead to costly repairs. During winter months you should check your filters every 30 days.
Windows: This energy saving tip can be very costly up front but installing ENERGY STAR windows will significantly improve your home's enery efficiency. If you can't afford to upgrade your windows you can still save money by sealing gaps, adding storm windows and using window coverings that hold in heat.
Insulate: Make sure your home is properly insulated. Air leaks are a huge waste of energy in the colder winter months. Check your attic to make sure it has a proper amount of insulation. If not the attic is generally the most cost-effective place to add insulation. If your home is still feeling chilly you might want to add insulation to your exterior walls or basement.
ENERGY STAR models: Purchasing an ENERGY STAR model furnace is costly but it will be paid back to you over time through lower energy bills. An ENERGY STAR furance can save you an average of $95 annually.
Ceiling Fans: Ceiling fans can help keep warm air circulating and allows you to set your furnace lower. Again, choosing an ENERGY STAR certified model with lights will save you the most money in the long run.