As we move toward the heating season, what are your top tips for homeowners to keep their energy bills under control?

ElectricityPlans.com and NaturalGasPlans.com are consumer shopping sites in deregulated energy markets. We also have content on energy efficiency. Would love to use some of the conversation on this forum to educate our readers on making their home more energy efficient. If we use your tips in our article, we'll backlink to your website!

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Fireplace Fashion by Beverly Cover your fireplace! It will make such a difference in your heating bills and in the feel of your room.

Thanks! Great idea!

Hi Rebecca,

There are a million articles on the topic you are looking to discuss. Here is a link to one (that is pretty well done) that I received just today: https://www.dailyprogress.com/realestate/smarthometechnology/diy-ai...

However, Just to keep things interesting...I think that tired topic should be turned on its head. What if you did an article about the misnomers and fallacies that the average homeowner believes about saving home energy? A click-bait title would be: "10 stupid things homeowners do to sabotage their energy bill."

I will list off a few of the reoccurring favorites:

1) I will use my wood fireplace or vented gas log to supplement my furnace heat on really cold winter days.

2) I will buy a new energy efficient fridge and turn my old fridge into a "beer fridge".

3) I will use my whole house fan all day long to keep the house cooler and less humid. 

4) The first thing I will do to fix my drafty house is replace the windows.

5) I have really high electric bills, so I will lease some solar panels on my roof to fix my bill.

6) I saw I had gaps around my pipes and wires where they entered the house, so I packed fiberglass batting in there. 

These are just a few off the top of my head, but I am sure other members will chime in.

Oh I love it!  First, thanks for the link. And second, love the click bait title idea! That's super original, thank you! I'll work on that article topic. And I'll include a backlink to you too!

Energy Efficiency Tips for the Heating Season.

https://www.ductless-mini-split-air-conditioner.org/

The strategies below will help you save energy, save money, and stay comfortable during the cool fall and cold winter months. Some of the tips below are free and can be used on a daily basis to increase your savings; others are simple and inexpensive actions you can take to ensure maximum savings through the winter.

If you haven't already, conduct an energy audit to find out where you can save the most, and consider making a larger investment for long-term energy savings.

Also check out no-cost and low-cost tips to save energy during the spring and summer.

Take Advantage of Heat from the Sun
Open curtains on your south-facing windows during the day to allow sunlight to naturally heat your home, and close them at night to reduce the chill you may feel from cold windows.
Cover Drafty Windows
Use a heavy-duty, clear plastic sheet on a frame or tape clear plastic film to the inside of your window frames during the cold winter months. Make sure the plastic is sealed tightly to the frame to help reduce infiltration.
Install tight-fitting, insulating drapes or shades on windows that feel drafty after weatherizing.
Find out about other window treatments and coverings that can improve energy efficiency.
Adjust the Temperature
When you are home and awake, set your thermostat as low as is comfortable.
When you are asleep or out of the house, turn your thermostat back 10° to 15° for eight hours and save around 10% a year on your heating and cooling bills. A smart or programmable thermostat can make it easy to set back your temperature.
If you have a heat pump, maintain a moderate setting or use a programmable thermostat specially designed for use with heat pumps.
Find and Seal Leaks
Seal the air leaks around utility cut-throughs for pipes ("plumbing penetrations"), gaps around chimneys and recessed lights in insulated ceilings, and unfinished spaces behind cupboards and closets.
Find out how to detect air leaks.
Learn more about air sealing new and existing homes.
Add caulk or weatherstripping to seal air leaks around leaky doors and windows.
Find out how to select and apply the appropriate caulk and weatherstripping.

Maintain Your Heating Systems
Schedule service for your heating system.
Furnaces and heat pumps: Replace your filter once a month or as needed. Find out more about maintaining furnaces or boilers and heat pumps.
Wood- and Pellet-Burning Heaters: Clean the flue vent regularly and clean the inside of the appliance with a wire brush periodically to ensure that your home is heated efficiently. Find other maintenance recommendations for wood- and pellet-burning appliances.

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