1. Caulk and seal
    all openings into the house especially around doors and windows.
  2. Leave curtains open
    during the day to let sunlight in.
  3. Cover drafty windows
    on the inside with clear plastic sheeting to help reduce infiltration of the cold.
  4. Adjust the thermostat
    as low as possible. When you are asleep or out of the house, turn your thermostat back 10-15 degrees.
  5. Make sure your heating system is operating efficiently.
    Replace furnace filters once a month or as needed.
  6. Turn down the temperature of your water heater
    to the warm setting.
  7. Wrap your electric hot water tank
    with jacket insulation. This is especially valuable for older water heaters with little insulation.
  8. Shorten your showers.
    Showers can account for 2/3 of your water heating costs.
  9. Turn off lights in unoccupied rooms.
    Turn off TV’s if no one is watching them.
  10. Unplug electronics
    that continue to use electricity even when they are switched “off”.
  11. Change out incandescent light bulbs
    with fluorescent or LED lights.
  12. Consider increasing your insulation
    up to R-38 to reduce heating costs by 5-25 percent if your ceiling is scantily insulated.