When winter temperatures start falling and heating systems run for longer periods of time, follow these energy-efficiency tips to save money on heating:
- Lower your thermostat to the lowest comfortable setting. If you have a heat pump, adjust your thermostat in small increments to keep the heat strip from turning on. This will keep your house comfortable while minimizing the use of the less energy-efficient resistance heat strip.
2. Switch your central heating unit to “auto.” Leaving the fan on “on” can add to monthly heating costs.
3. Install the thermostat on an inside wall, away from windows and doors.
4. Get an energy-efficient heat pump and you could cut your heating costs in half. Duke Energy Progress offers rebates up to $300 to help you upgrade.
5. Set your thermostat to 68-70 degrees during the day in the winter, and 65-68 degrees at night to keep your home comfortable and save on heating costs.
6. Use ceiling fans in winter to distribute heat around a room.
7. Close your fireplace damper when not in use. Consider glass doors to help prevent heat loss when your heating system is on.
8. Keep registers unblocked by furniture or draperies.
9. Use insulated or heavy curtains on windows facing the north side of the house. Keep curtains and shades closed at night or on cloudy days.
10. When entertaining, lower the thermostat a degree or two before the guests arrive. That way, you won’t overheat.