Gas & Oil
Learn how to cut back on your natural gas and/or heating oil usage. Find the very best ways to help the environment while lowering your monthly bills.
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- Keep to a constant 65-70 degrees
Keeping the house at a constant temperature is a good way to maximize savings on heating costs. Turning it up or down too much means it will just have to work harder to get the house back to the ideal temperature. A good guideline is 60 to 65 [...]
- Install door sweeps and draft stoppers to minimize heat loss
Small, insulating door sweeps installed on the of bottom doors can help hold heat in a room or heating zone. This is especially important for outside doors to keep the cold weather out. They are easy to install and cost less that $10. Also consider [...]
- Keep the doors and vents of any unused rooms closed
A great way to save on heating costs is to keep doors to unused rooms closed. This way the heater won't work to unnecessarily heat rooms that are not in use. Likewise, where possible, close the vents to those rooms as well (unless you have forced [...]
- Don't get caught by variable rates
Generally speaking, as the price of oil rises and falls, so does the price of heating oil. Some companies adjust prices accordingly, while others ask customers to lock in a rate before winter starts. In this case, make sure there is a clause in the [...]
- Go tankless for 30% savings
When in need of a new hot water heater, consider a tankless, or on-demand hot water heater. Instead of running all the time to keep a full tank of water constantly hot, it switches on only when the hot water is turned on, and can cut bills by more [...]
- Choose ENERGY STAR rated water heaters and furnaces
Energy efficient appliances are key to saving money on utility bills. ENERGY STAR rated water heaters and furnaces are a smart buy and will pay for themselves through cheaper heating costs. Look for energy efficient water heaters in the following [...]
- Maintain the furnace for 10% savings
Getting the furnace tuned every two years will save more than 1,000 pounds of carbon dioxide and lower the energy bill. Wash the air filters regularly for additional savings. Make sure you have an adequate supply of oil before winter starts, so you [...]
- Lower the heater to lower your heating bills
Keeping a thermostat at 68 degrees or less is a great way to save money on heating costs. If you're walking around the house in a T-shirt, the heater is up too high. It's winter, so put on a sweater and a pair of slippers to keep warm. Also, [...]
- Use a fireplace to keep warm
A fireplace is an effective and frugal way to heat a house in winter. You can often find wood for free on Craigslist.org or buy it cheaply elsewhere. If it won't completely heat the house, it will at least supplement the electric or gas heating. [...]
- Seal up air leaks to prevent heat loss during winter
When warm air escapes and cold air comes in, heaters need to work harder to maintain a comfortable temperature in the house. Before winter starts, inspect your house for air leaks. For windows, replace any moldy or rotten areas. For doorways, place [...]
- Use nature to save money on heating and cooling costs
One of the greatest and cheapest sources of heat is the sun. In winter, make sure to open blinds and curtains to let as much sunlight in as possible. Also consider using a wood fireplace or wood-burning stove instead of gas or electric heat. These [...]
- Turn off the heater and fill up a hot water bottle
Hot water bottles are great for keeping a bed nice and toasty warm at night. Wheat bags can work the same way - just place in the microwave for a few minutes and they'll hold heat for hours. With a warm bed, it will be more tolerable to turn off or [...]
- Install Storm Doors to save on energy costs
Storm doors are a very effective way to prevent energy loss. Install one on each exterior door. Also check for government tax credits.
- Weatherize a home with double pane windows and extra insulation
Double pane windows are a wise investment for winter climates. They help hold warm air in the house and keep cold air out. If they you can't afford them right now, buy a cheaper, do-it-yourself kit from the hardware store to seal the inside of the [...]
- Insulate a hot water storage tank, heater and pipes to conserve heat
Wrap a blanket around your hot water storage tank or heater to help insulate it. The extra warmth means less energy will be required to keep it warm. Newer models will likely be properly insulated, but older models will need more insulation. If it's [...]
- A heat-recovery system may be a wise investment
While this is a task that requires a plumber and up-front cost of up to $500, it can save on hot water costs in the long term, with energy savings of up to 30%. A drain- or grey-water heat recovery system will capture the heat from hot water pouring [...]
- Keep the attic stairs closed to prevent air transfer and heating or cooling loss
Make sure pull-down stairs to an attic are always closed. Additional insulation may be necessary if a large amount of air passes through while the stairs are closed. Insulated covers can be found at most hardware stores.
- Cover a hot tub to hold heat in and reduce heating costs
For regular hot tub users, consider a thermal cover which goes under the hard top cover. For about $25, this will help insulate the hot tub to prevent heat escaping and will require about 1/3 less energy to get going again.
- Use a heavy plastic sheet on windows to keep heat in
A heavy-duty clear plastic sheet is an effective tool to keep heat inside in the winter. Just be sure to properly seal the entire window so no leaks are present.
- Lower the temperature on a hot water heater to lower your gas bill
Turn the thermostat on the hot water heater down to 105 degrees instead of the usual 115. This reduction in temperature will save a few dollars each month on the gas bill. Also consider only turning the heater on when it is in use, instead of [...]
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