Money saving Heating tips:

  • Maintain your heating system. Have it checked by a professional at least once a year and change the filters regularly.
  • Adjust thermostats; keep it 65 degrees during the day and 55 degrees during sleeping hours or when the house is unoccupied.
  • Replace old thermostats with programmable thermostats.A programmable thermostat allows you to adjust the heat on a predetermined schedule, so you can lower the heat when you’re not home or when you’re sleeping.
  • Open drapes and blinds on the south side of your home during sunny days, close them at night and on cloudy days.
  • Do not block registers and hot water radiators.
  • Place foil-covered cardboard between cast iron hot water radiators and the wall to reflect the heat into the room and away from the wall.
  • Install storm doors and windows. The space they create makes an excellent insulator.
  • Have adequate insulation throughout the house and around your water heater. Seal cracks and holes around windows and doors.
  • Keep your doors and windows shut when the heat is on. If your home has a fireplace that you aren’t using, be sure the flue is closed and glass doors are in place to minimize heat loss. In addition to those bathroom ventilation fans, turn kitchen ventilation fans off when they aren’t needed.
  • It’s also not likely to be noticeable if you turn down the thermostat on your water heater to, say, 120 degrees from about 140 degrees
  • Warm-air supply and return registers should be kept clean and should not be blocked by furniture, carpets, or drapes.
  • Bleed trapped air from hot water radiators. Follow prescribed maintenance for steam heat systems, such as maintaining water level, removing sediment, and making sure air vents are working. Check with your heating system technician for specifics on these measures and use caution: steam boilers produce high-temperature steam under pressure.
  • Keep baseboards and radiators clean and unrestricted by furniture, carpets, or drapes.
  • If your furnace is improperly sized or if the fan thermostat is improperly set, the fan may operate longer than it needs to. If you're getting a lot of cold air out of the warm-air registers after the furnace turns off, have a service technician check the fan delay setting