Heating tips

Increase your home's heating efficiency

Your furnace is responsible for about 29% of the energy used in your home. There are ways to make yours run more efficiently and minimize energy costs.

Heating tips Skill level Cost range Savings
Buy ENERGY STAR® certified furnaces.
ENERGY STAR certified natural gas furnaces are up to 16% more energy efficient than standard natural gas furnaces.
Basic to professional $2,300+ Up to $94 annually
Install a programmable thermostat.
Save on your energy bills with a properly programmed thermostat.
Advanced $25-$250 Up to $180 annually
Get preseason tuneups.
Schedule yearly tuneups for your HVAC system to improve its efficiency and life span.
Professional About $100 + parts Up to 10%
Change your filter.
Clean furnace air filters keep air flowing efficiently, and can lower natural gas consumption by up to 2%.
Basic $6-$35 Up to 2%
Install a ceiling fan.
An energy-efficient way to warm your home in the winter months (and cool it in summer, too.)
Advanced $100-$200 $165 over 10 years
Insulate your home.
Adding or upgrading insulation helps keep your home warmer, so your furnace can run less.
Advanced to professional Varies Up to 10% on annual energy costs
Install energy-efficient windows.
Properly installed, ENERGY STAR energy-efficient windows make a home more comfortable by reducing drafts and maintaining even temperatures.
Professional $150-$500 each + installation $146-$501 annually
Seal and insulate ducts.
Keep your HVAC ductwork sealed and insulated to improve your system's energy efficiency.
Advanced to professional $2-$3 tape rolls 20%
Properly seal leaks by weatherstripping.
Weatherstripping is a cost-effective way to save money on energy costs and improve your household's comfort by reducing drafts.
Basic to advanced $50-$350 Up to 20%