Surprised at how much higher your heating bills are around this time of the year? Are you always looking to save a little and make your house as energy efficient as possible?

Here are some simple and low cost energy saving tips:

  • If possible, program your thermostat to keep your house comfortable when you’re there but turn it down when you’re gone.
  • Put on a sweater and turn down the heat. Turning your heat down just 5 degrees can save up to 20% on your heating costs.
  • Check your furnace or air conditioner filter each month. Dirty filters block air flow through your heating and cooling systems, increasing energy use.
  • During winter, open curtains on your south-facing windows during the day to allow sunlight to naturally heat your home and close them at night to help keep the heat in.
  • In the average home, 75% of the electricity used to power home electronics is consumed while the products are turned off. Plug home electronics into power strips and turn the power strips off when the equipment is not in use.
  • The next time a bulb burns out replace it with a fluorescent or LED light bulb.
  • Air dry your dishes instead of using the dishwasher’s drying cycle.
  • Clean your clothes dryer vent. Not only will this help with your energy costs, but it will help you prevent fires.

Also contact your local electric and/or gas company to see if they offer a free home energy audit.

Looking for more tips? Check out the US Department of Energy