Manage Daily Use
- Turn down thermostats at night no more than five degrees.
- Close down rooms not in use: shut the door to the room and close radiator vents.
- Make sure that drapes, furniture, or carpets do not block heat vents or radiators.
- Keep the chimney flue closed when not in use.
- Limit the use of kitchen and bathroom exhaust fans.
Reduce Hot Water Use
- Avoid hand-washing dishes under running water. Use the automatic dishwasher or fill the sink.
- Operate the washing machine with a full load and use warm or cold water.
- Reduce hot water consumption in kitchen and bathroom.
- Turn down the thermostat on your water heater.
- Use low-flow faucets and shower heads.
- Repair leaky faucets.
Care for your Heating System
- Install an energy-efficient furnace.
- Insulate your water heater.
- Install energy-efficient heater (oil-fired heaters work fastest).
- Consider programmable thermostats.
Weatherproof Your Home
- Clean and seal the duct system annually; airtight ducts make all the difference.
- Good insulation means thermal high performance, protection against air filtration, and moisture control.
- Insulate attics, ceilings, exterior and basement walls, floors, and crawl spaces with high R-value insulation material.
- Annually caulk, seal, and weatherstrip doors and windows.
- Ensure that storm doors and windows have a good tight fit.