Save with Home Energy Solutions
A no-cost Home Energy Solutions visit can set you up for savings success. An Eversource-authorized technician will provide on-the-spot improvements and recommend energy-saving upgrades tailored for your home. Plus, take advantage of a limited-time offer of up to 100% off insulation costs and much more.
Home Heating Tips
Stay warm and comfortable with these energy-saving tips.
- If you have a simple open masonry fireplace, make sure you close the flue. The flue can pull warm air up the chimney and out of the home.
- Check for drafts around windows and doors. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, air leaks around doors account for 18-20 percent of heat loss in a typical home; drafty windows account for up to 30 percent of heat loss. A 1/8-inch gap under an exterior door lets as much cold air in as a 2 ½-inch hole punched in the wall. A no-cost Home Energy Solutions visit includes air sealing and can help to minimize drafts and heat loss.
- Sunlight shining in windows adds heat to homes. Open the drapes, shades, and blinds during the day to warm up on sunny days, then close them at night to keep out the cold air.
- Energy efficient windows are an important consideration for both new and existing homes. Single-paned windows should have storm windows. Wood or metal frame storm windows provide a second layer of glass and a barrier of still air that reduces heat transfer. Double-paned windows cut heat transfer by 40 to 50 percent. In extremely cold regions, triple glazing should be considered. Eversource offers a $100 rebate per window for each window replaced with an ENERGY STAR® certified triple-pane window between May 19, 2020 and December 31, 2020. Visit EnergizeCT to get started.
- Install Programmable Thermostats. You can save as much as 10% a year on heating and cooling by simply turning your thermostat back 7°-10°F for 8 hours a day from its typical setting. Programmable thermostats allow you to easily set your home’s temperature in advance to avoid coming home to a freezing house. A smart thermostat takes that a step further by allowing you to set your temperature from your smart phone or tablet. Some even learn your habits and adjust accordingly – saving you even more.
- Check Your Attic for Air Leaks. An unfinished, poorly insulated attic is another common area where homeowners experience significant heat loss. Adding insulation to the attic floor and sealing any air leaks can help stabilize the temperature inside your home, prevent ice dams, and save on energy costs.
- Keep your fridge and freezer running efficiently. Fridges and freezers are high energy users. Keep yours running efficiently by vacuuming the coils regularly, closing the doors quickly and keeping it well-stocked but not overloaded. Inefficient refrigerators and freezers typically use three times more electricity than today’s energy-efficient models, too. If that extra fridge or freezer in the basement isn’t really needed, a rebate for no-cost pick up and recycling is available.
Home Lighting Tips
Keep your home bright and your costs down with these easy lighting tips and tricks.
- Remember to turn lights off before leaving a room. If you own voice-controlled assistants like Alexa or Google, use them to turn lights on and off with ease.
- Put lamps in the corners of rooms so that light reflects off two walls. This way, you won't have to use as many light sources.
- Whenever possible, use ENERGY STAR certified LED lightbulbs. Traditional incandescent bulbs release 90% of the energy they use as heat. LED's are much more efficient, emit very little heat and last 10-25 times longer.
- Switching your outdoor porch or post lamp to an LED bulb, especially one with a motion sensor, can help save energy and cut down on costs.
Visit our lighting page for more information and pricing on energy-efficient lighting.