Lower your thermostat a few degrees in the winter
You can save 5-10% on your heating bills by simply turning your thermostat down 8°F for eight hours.
Step by step:
- Set your "home occupied" temperature. When you are awake and at home, the U.S. Department of Energy suggests setting your thermostat to 68°F for heating.
- Set your "away from home" temperature. When you are away from home or sleeping, set the thermostat to an energy-saving level — 8°F lower in the winter is a good rule of thumb.
- Stay comfortable. Use an extra blanket to stay warm in colder months.
- Only heat the zones you occupy. If you have separate thermostats on different floors or in different areas, adjust the thermostat for energy savings in the area you are not using.
- Program it. Consider installing a programmable thermostat for added convenience.