Cold Weather Tips:
- Have your heating system tuned. A well-tuned boiler or furnace burns 5% less fuel.
- Upgrade your heating system. Homeowners who have older Oilheat systems can lower their fuel costs by 30% or more by installing a new, high-efficiency system.
- Sunshine! Open shades and drapes during the daytime and close them when the sun goes down.
Warm Weather Tips:
- Keep drapes, blinds and shades closed during the day to block out the sun.
- Clear furniture away from air conditioning vents.
- Plant shade trees due west of west windows. It could reduce your air conditioning bills by up to 25%!
- Install a digital programmable thermostat. It puts your heating and cooling systems on an automatic schedule: full heat or cooling during hours when the home is active, and less when the house is empty or the family is asleep. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) says that setting back a home's temperature by 10 to 15 degrees for eight hours a day can reduce total heating and cooling costs by 5 to 15%.
- Reduce water heater temperature setting to 120 degrees F to save fuel. (You'll also reduce the risk of scalding.)
- Repair and weatherize your storm windows.
- Close off rooms you don't use - and remember to shut the vents inside.
- Install water-conserving fixtures, such as showerheads, faucets and toilets.
- Fix leaky faucets, especially hot water faucets. One drop per second can add up to 165 gallons per month - more than a person uses in two weeks.
- Take showers instead of baths. A five-minute shower will use about 7.5 gallons of hot water; filling a bathtub can use up to 20 gallons.
- Don't leave the fridge door open! Every time you do, up to 30% of the air inside can escape. The same can be said for your oven.