Energy Saving Tips For Winter

The average New England household spends more than $1,500 a year on energy bills, half of which goes to heating and cooling. Here are some simple steps you can take today to keep costs down: 

  • Install Wi-Fi thermostats. Wi-Fi thermostats allow you to control your home temperature settings from your smartphone or tablet, so you can adjust and save energy whenever, and wherever, works best for you. You can save up to $145 per year on your heating and cooling costs with a properly programmed Wi-Fi thermostat, and we offer instant discounts on popular models
  • Heat water in a tea kettle instead of an open pot. Looking to warm up with some tea or coco? Boiling water in a tea kettle is faster than using an open pot and uses less energy.
  • Eliminate air-leaks and drafts near doors, windows, attics, and basements by weatherstripping and air sealing. Sealing drafts in your home will help keep you comfortable, and seal warm in air so you do not must heat your home as much. Visit energy.gov for tips, safety advice and more. Or, sign up for a virtual Home Energy Assessment and let our professionals do the air sealing for you 
  • Dry two or more loads in a row to take advantage of the heat from your dryer. Get more done with less energy by throwing in a second load of laundry right after the first. Your dryer has already generated a wealth of heat during your first load, so take advantage of that heat to save money, energy, and time.
  • Reverse your ceiling fans. Normally, ceiling fans spin counterclockwise, allowing you to feel cooler in the warmer months. However, most ceiling fans have a reverse switch that will force them to turn clockwise, producing an updraft and moving the warm air that collects near your ceiling down into the rest of the room.
  • Consider installing a heat pump. Heat pumps are an all-in-one heating and cooling system that use electricity to efficiently heat (or cool) your home. During the chilly winter months, the unit collects heat from the outdoor air and transfers it to the inside your home. You may be eligible for $15,000 off the installation of the heat pump
  • Make sure your home devices are set to save power. Check your computer, monitor, TV and other electronics to make sure they are set to conserve energy. If you are looking for a new device, check for the ENERGY STAR® logo.
  • Use advanced power strips. Advanced power strips are an easy way to manage your energy usage when it comes to the electronics in your home. An advanced power strip only costs about $30 on average and can decrease your energy usage by 20-48 percent. Shop our online marketplace to browse popular models

Looking To Save More This Winter?

Consider a no-cost virtual Home Energy Assessment. Homeowners, renters and landlords can all save with rebates, home energy advice and more. 

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