Heating Energy and Savings Tips

Heating and cooling are the largest energy expenses in most homes, accounting for 55% of home energy costs in the Southeast. In colder parts of the country, heating costs alone can account for anywhere from 35-50% of annual energy bills. Reducing your heating and cooling energy use is the single most effective way to save money and reduce your home’s contribution to global climate change. Sealing your home from the weather can reduce your heating and cooling costs by 15 to 30%. It will also make your home more comfortable inside. You might want to consider conducting a do-it-yourself energy audit, hiring a professional, or checking to see if your city or utility offers free or reduced-cost programs. Check out the Local Resources section to find services available in your area.

You can save 10% or more on your energy bill by stopping air leaks in your home.
The water heater can be set manually to 120ºF, reducing fuel consumption by 5-10%.
In most homes, you can save about 2% of your heating bill for each degree that you lower the thermostat for at least 8 hours each day.
Replacing windows can save you money in reduced energy bills and many utilities provide rebates for such purchases.
Old gas furnaces that have a pilot light are typically only about 65% efficient, while the least efficient systems made today are 80% efficient.
Heating homes in the Southeast accounts for about 20-30% of home energy costs, up to 35-50% in colder parts of the country, and is often the largest energy expense in our homes.

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