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Winter Energy Savings

Your indoor environment is important when you spend almost all of your time at home. Learn how to save energy without sacrificing comfort.

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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. For a limited time, Home Energy Solutions is available at no cost. Plus, you may receive a rebate that covers up to 100% of an insulation project.

Stay warm and comfortable with these energy-saving tips.

  • Utilize high efficiency space heaters. Use a portable space heater in high-traffic areas like the living room and bedrooms to keep overall heating costs down throughout the season. Just be sure to choose an energy efficient ENERGY STAR® certified model.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Humidifiers. Using a humidifier in your home might make your space more comfortable at lower temperatures. Remember to choose an ENERGY STAR® certified model for performance and energy efficiency.
  • Lay down a rug. Adding a rug to your space not only adds a nice design to your home, but also adds a layer of insulation to your floors, keeping you warm during the winter months.
  • Use the right curtains. Quilted and other heavy, insulated  curtains do a great job of keeping cold air from leaking in through drafty windows.

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.
  • LED Holiday Lights use 90% less electricity than regular lights. Upgrade your lights to save money and energy.
  • Christmas Tree lights. Turn off the lights in your room and use your Christmas tree as your source of light to save energy. Remember to turn off the Christmas tree lights when you aren’t in the room or set them on a timer.
  • 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.