Ways to Save

Ways to Save

Prep Your Home for Winter

  • Have your appliances and heating equipment inspected by a qualified professional. Make sure all appliances and heating equipment, such as a furnace, water heater or stove, are operating properly. And, follow the manufacturer’s instructions when you use them. Consider taking advantage of our in-home energy audit for only $50 to get personalized recommendations from a home energy advisor.
  • Change your furnace filter. A dirty filter makes your heating system work harder, which uses more energy. Simply replace your filter every few months or opt for a washable one that can last up to five years. Don’t forget: changing your filters can even cut down on dust around the house. And, if you need a new furnace, you can get discounts for installing a new, higher efficiency furnace today.
  • Check your carbon monoxide (CO) and smoke detectors. The Red Cross recommends checking the batteries and testing your detectors when Daylight Savings Time starts and ends.
  • Check your windows for gaps. If there’s a gap between siding and the window frame, make sure to caulk the gap to prevent a draft of air. Even if there’s no visible gap, consider installing window insulation kits to cover entire windows with a material like shrink wrap. The kits are an inexpensive and effective way to stop air leaks. Purchase these at your local home improvement store.
  • Turn off exterior faucets and disconnect garden hoses. Turn off the faucets with the shut-off valves in your home. This will help prevent frozen pipes from bursting during cold months.
  • Before you use your fireplace for extra heat, get your chimney cleaned. A clean chimney will prevent a fire or carbon monoxide from building up in your home. Call a certified chimney sweep to clean your fireplace.