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® qualified furnaces.
ENERGY STAR qualified 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 tune-ups.
Schedule yearly tune-ups 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%|