5 ways to save during cold weather

Tips for saving on your winter heating bill

Take some easy steps to lower your home energy bills. In winter (and summer, too), sealing air leaks and managing your thermostat can pay you back. These tips can help keep your home economically toasty this winter.

  1. Check your furnace filter monthly and replace it when it appears dirty.
  2. Lower your thermostat temperature to the lowest temperature that is comfortable to your family. You may save as much as 3 percent on your energy bill for each degree you lower your thermostat. Reduce your thermostat setting at night and when you are away.
  3. Air infiltration can account for one-half of your heating costs in a leaky home. Seal air leaks with caulking, weatherstripping and sheets of plastic on large areas.
  4. Close and seal heat registers that attempt to heat a cold, uninsulated garage, porch or attic storage room.
  5. If you have ductwork in the attic or garage, be sure it is covered with at least 6 inches of insulation. Seal seams and joints in ductwork with duct sealing compound.

More energy-saving tips

These links offer many more tips for keeping warm and lowering energy costs: Duke EnergyEnergy.gov.