Lower your thermostat a few degrees in the winter
You can save 5-15% on your heating bills by simply turning your thermostat down 10-15°F for eight hours.
Step by step:
Go the extra mile:
- Set your "home occupied" temperature to 68°F in the winter. When you are awake and at home, the U.S. Department of Energy suggests setting your thermostat no higher than 68°F for heating.
- Set your "away from home" temperature. When you are away from home, set the thermostat to an energy-saving level. Setting the temperature at least 10°F lower in the winter is a good rule of thumb.
- Stay comfortable. Use an extra blanket to stay warm in colder months.
- Only heat the zones you occupy. If you have separate thermostats on different floors or in different areas, adjust the thermostat to avoid wasting energy in the area you are not using.
- Program it. Consider installing a programmable thermostat for added convenience.
To save even more energy, set your thermostat at least 10°F lower in the winter when you're asleep.