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  1. Robert MacDonald says:

    Using the pellet stove as much as possible, and ensuring the auto thermostat is working properly has made a significant savings to our heating costs. Also new caulking around doors and windows each fall is a good idea!

  2. Put some electric heaters in 2 rooms in the house one is close to the thermostat,this keeps the furnace from coming on all the time in a 6 bedroom house.

  3. Veronica says:

    Installing a heat pump at a cost of $3200. allows me to have a warmer home and the heat settings are actually lower than what I had for my electric heat…and although its not necessary the propane fireplace gives me that extra blast of heat in the evenings and great ambiance. And overall heating costs have decreased by almost 50%.

  4. Veronica says:

    I replaced my electric hot water tank with hot water on demand fueled by propane. I not only have considerable savings on my electric bill but now we never run out of hot water. . .and I never have to worry about having a tank replaced or have a leak.

  5. Jenny Acuna says:

    We live in a very large victorian revival house 4500 sqft. so heating is an issue. We have 42 windows and 4 doors. We have replaced half of them. We have insulation blown in and did the following things:
    1) Plastic over the windows we haven’t finished
    2)Sealed the chimneys we don’t use
    3)we put a blanket over our hot water heater
    4)insulated the hot water pipes
    5) foam insulators in any outside wall electrical outlets
    6)our thermostat is at 61 during the day and 58 at night. (we all like it cooler and wear sweaters and slippers when home and my husband is from South America)
    7)Our tv and vcr are on a power bar along with christmas lights and the outside lights are on a timer. 8) we have a front loading washing machine and use cold water. Drying on the line in the summer and by the wood stove in the winter. We buy one chord of wood a year.
    9) When I cook it tends to be on the weekend and I will make 4 dishes at once so we can just reheat during the week which saves on electricity. (leave the door open after it’s off it warms up the kitchen)
    Our power bill is 50 dollars a month and our oil bill from November to January was 1000.00 and from March to October was 1000. We are waiting to see what it will be from January to March:-)

  6. kim says:

    updating our 25 yr old dryer for a more energy efficient one.

  7. Richard says:

    Turn off lights when not in the room and lower all thermostats at night. When you open outside doors, do so for very short periods, close it as fast as you can preventing the loss of hot air. Last but not least, don’t let your hot water run for long periods, take short showers and wash clothes in cold water. We installed all new windows and doors a few years back. That really help reduce heating cost in our house. All these tips should help with energy cost. Merry X-Mas and a Happy New Year to all.

  8. Elizabeth says:

    Teach children to use energy wisely and they will be your biggest savers reminding YOU to turn down the thermostat and shut off the lights!

  9. Joe says:

    Turn down Hot Water tank. Set it so you can just stand it at that temperature when showering.

  10. Chuck Newton says:

    $10 worth of all-purpose calking of windows/doors and trim around windows/doors will bring a minimum benefit of 20x its cost over a warm winter – and more if its really cold!

  11. Joyce says:

    Check duct work to make sure everything is tight. Check for missing screws where heat might be forced out as well.

  12. Colin says:

    Most devices like tv’s and dvd players still use electricity when turned off ( to pick up remote control signals) , but if you plug these in to a power bar and switch it off when you are not using these devices you will cut down your electricity bill and won’t even notice a difference in your day to day life.

  13. Moira says:

    Using programmable thermostats is a must! We save by automatically turning the heat down during the hours we aren’t home. AND when going away for a weekend keeping the heat down the whole time is a huge money saver!!

  14. Peter says:

    If you have a basement that is unfinished get those walls up and properly insulate them. I saved huge last year as the basement was warm and that just transfered through out the house. I had no idea that I was losing that much heat down there.

  15. Jason says:

    I live in an older rented home. I put plastic wrap on the windows every winter and invest in wool sweaters to keep down my energy usage.

  16. Gail Weed says:

    Making sure your furance is cleaned every year, turn down the thermostat and I like to wear sweaters. I am going to replace all the thermostats in my house and rentals. I believe this will help a lot

  17. Katie Kenworthy says:

    Use energy saving curtains and drapes, especially over french or sliding doors and large windows. They really help to keep the cold out!

  18. diane says:

    I keep the thermostat at 66 all winter, this keeps the house comfortable, and save by maintaining a steady heat.

  19. Susan Hohmann says:

    We bought a Buderus Furnace(oil fired) a year and a half ago. Have already saved(on average per month per our electric bill)- at least $25-$30 per month. Also have saved on Oil, both in the summer to fire our hot water heater, plus this past winter with our total oil consumption. Great deal on this furnace!!!

  20. Brent White says:

    Plus, we replaced all the old drafty windows in the entire house!

  21. Brent White says:

    I swear by my programmable thermostat! When we leave for work, the thermo goes down to 63 all day, and is set to warm the house up shortly before we get home. I go no higher than 69 on even the coldest days. The old “set it and forget it” method! That and shutting off the shower while washing the hair or soaping up are two ways we save oil, propane and water!!

  22. Becky says:

    turn down the thermostat, you don’t need your house to be 70 degrees.
    every degree helps save money and fuel!

  23. Sherry says:

    When not using propane fireplaces, turn off pilot light. Each day the pilot light uses a 2 litre of propane if not in use.

  24. Rene says:

    I insulated every drafty window by covering them with plastic. We use electric blankets on our beds and cuddle up by a beautiful fire every night.

  25. Kim Buckley says:

    I set my thermostat at about 68 in the Fall and never change it until Spring. My installer once told me that the furnace has to work twice as hard in the am to reheat a very cool house. If it is kept at a consistent temp, then it never works too hard and you don’t use as much heat.

  26. JM says:

    Keep the temp. low and supplement with wood heat.

  27. Peter says:

    When not at home, turn the thermostat down so your house stays at 65 or so.. Then when you come home in the evening, take a warm shower after dinner then snuggle under a blanket with a loved one or favorite pet and leave the thermostat alone!

  28. Heather A. says:

    The mantra in the house is turn off the lights, shut the door, and put on a sweat shirt. We also have plasticed the windows that are drafty, put up lined curtins and replaced all possible light bulbs with the CFL’s. Also the house is kept between 60-65.

  29. Michael Scanlon says:

    Using the woodstove as much as possible and dropping the thermostat when the house is empty makes for manageable heating bills

  30. Dean says:

    Iam updating my old hot water heater to new more efficient.

  31. Jan C says:

    Insulate your attic ! We did and that combined with new windows and a new Irving installed energy efficient furnace has made a HUGE difference . We use all the other tips as well but just like wearing a hat in winter the attic ic a “BIGGIE “.

  32. Laren Hacker says:

    We always turn the heat down when we are not home and when we go to bed at night! We also insulate all of our windows and doors in the colder months. Aside from saving heating energy we use energy efficient CFL bulbs in ever light socket in our house as well as having all energy star appliances! These simple things have saved us a great deal of money!! Hope my advice is useful! Happy Holidays! 🙂

  33. George says:

    To save on heating oil, we installed a small propane stove and just use it in the mornings to warm up the downstairs as we get ready for the day. We save on oil by not heating the entire house.

  34. Dominique Lara says:

    We have big windows and sliding glass doors in our home, we have installed thermal protected heavy curtains that block out the cold at night and during the day we raise them to allow the sun into our home making the energy we use as green as possible. Our dryer is set on a minimum dry and we allow our blankets and towels to air dry.

  35. Ed M says:

    Close vents in rooms not being used. Adjust vents in rooms closest to the furnace to get a more even heating pattern.

  36. Marilyn Smith says:

    We always turn heaters in home down during the day when we are at work and also during the night. When we go home from work we walk in and turn the propane fireplace on in the family room and while we are preparing supper the room is all warmed up for the evening. Rooms that are not in use we close the doors during the winter as the heat is lowered.

  37. Alyson says:

    Tis’ the season we all love the pretty lights ensure you have timers on all your outdoor lights enjoy the festive season but ensuring they are turned off at appropriate time frames to conserve energy. Seasons Greetings.

  38. Shovel a barrier of snow toward your house when clearing a walk to cut down on wind chill.

  39. Sharon says:

    Have your furnace and oil fired hot water heater cleaned every year so they run more efficiently.

  40. Frank Dunham says:

    Leave your thermostat 2 degrees lower than your normal setting and put on a sweater.

  41. Mike says:

    therostat down to 65…all energy efficient light bulbs…wash in cold water…keep room closed off when not in use.

  42. Mike says:

    I usually try to leave the thermostat at 60/65 and if it is cold I put on an extra sweater or blanket on. We keep any unused rooms closed off or the door shut. Blinds kept down when it’s cold outside. We have all Energy-saving light bulbs. I wash my clothe’s in cold water and hang out my clothes to dry. I use power bars all the time.

  43. Bubba says:

    Shut the water off in the shower between washing and rinsing you save gas and water. You can easily learn to conserve when you are forced to with the rising costs of everything!

  44. Erica Allen says:

    I hang my clothes out on the clothes line as long as I can and then I use a clothes rack in the house to hang them on to dry once it gets too cold out. I put the clothes rack close to one of the heating vents.

  45. Robert Dicks says:

    Install programmable thermostats.

  46. Janet says:

    We use a many different methods to reduce energy. One of the simplest is to wear sweaters and slippers indoors instead of constantly turning up the thermostat.

  47. Tracy Loysen says:

    Either manually turning down the thermostats during periods when we’re not in or awake, or using the programmable versions is our usual strategy. We have done other things to our new home for long-term energy conservation – a solar water heater, high-effeciency hot water tank, energy-saving light bulbs, reinsulating the attic space, dedicated air intakes for the wood stove and fireplace, and high-effeciency storm doors.

  48. Doug says:

    We turn the shower water off while washing and shampooing to save on hot water since we use oil to heat our hot water.

  49. Wally S. says:

    Prevent getting cold to start with by investing in 100% wool sweaters, which will hold your body heat in. You can pick them up in thrift shops at a reasonable cost.

  50. Christina/ Gary says:

    Have your propane or furnace serviced each year to make sure your energy source is working at its optimum. Irving has great technicians!

  51. eileen says:

    get irving gold service and have them install seperate thermastats for different floors. . they will give you free advice when you have them service you…..

  52. Carole says:

    Turn the thermostats in house down to 15 degrees during day while no one is at home.

  53. shirley says:

    I wash clothes in cold water.

  54. Valerie Pryor says:

    limit higher temps to occupied rooms

  55. sylvie says:

    When it’s kinda chilly inside lite up the fireplace and wrapped yourself in a cozy blanket. we leave the thermostat at 65.

  56. Justin Tingley says:

    replace your old windows. When you do this make sure you insulate around them well with spray foam. Also insulating all your hot/cold water pipes saves energy. Another little thing most people overlook is there attic hatch. Remember heat rises, most people have a well insulated attic but they just have a peice of plywood covering there attic entrance. replace the plywood with an insulated box. As for thermostats, use a series around your house (depending on size). Most older houses have 1 or 2 thermostats. Have 3 or 4 and make sure there not right by the front or back door. Remember that everytime your thermostat is chilled the the heating source kicks in so it only makes sense to not have them by the entry ways.

  57. Linda says:

    Turn of propane to your indoor fireplaces during the summer months and when the fireplaces are not regularly in use.

  58. Mark says:

    We use a wood/oil combination and to save energy we hound the kids to close the doors and don’t let them touch the thermostats!

  59. Mike says:

    Heating your water uses a lot of energy. By insulating your water heater and your pipes can save you money on your hydro bill and save the environment as well.

  60. Darlene says:

    Get a programable thermostat

  61. Debbie L. Seaver says:

    In our home we try and keep any unused rooms closed off or the door shut. Thermal curtians in our windows make a big difference. We turn down the furnace when we all go to bed, but not too low, so that the furnace does not have to work extra hard to bring the temp. back up. Extra blankets on the beds and sweaters if needed. Have a safe happy and healthy winter.

  62. kelly says:

    I make sure that the lights are off in the rooms I am not using also the heat. I find this help’s out allot. I leave it at 65 and if it is cold I where extra cloth’s When I am not home I also turn the heat down.
    I use a programmable thermostat.
    I also unplug everything I am not using and the things I am using when I am done I unplug it. I wash my clothe’s in cold water. I also hang out my clothe’s. I use power bars all the time.

  63. Stephanie Mac Isaac says:

    My best tip is to turn down your thermostat down before you go to bed, you can always throw an extra blanket on your bed to stay warm.

  64. Shelley says:

    Keep thermostats low when not at home during the day.

  65. Paul B says:

    I find putting the thermostats out of reach of my wife works best.

  66. Paula L says:

    We do several things to conserve energy including getting the furnace regularly maintained, installed timers on the thermostats and set them for 68 when we are usually home and 55 for when we are not home, put shrink plastic on the windows, installed new energystar doors and increase the amount of clothing worn indoors during the winter months.

  67. Robert Anthony Wood says:

    Use peal-able caulk around drafty windows then use plastic to seal them. Use lined curtains– close at night to keep heat in. Seal all seams in your heating duct work with silver heating duct tape. Use pipe insulation. Up-date your thermostat, and have your furnace maintained regularly.
    Check weather stripping around your doors. Turn heat down at night and add extra blankets to your bed. Use foam gaskets around light switches and wall plugs.

  68. Scott S. says:

    I have upgraded all my windows, skylights and sliding door to low-E models and use a 7 day programable thermostat. When we are home during the day it is set at 70. When we go to bed it is set at 67 and 64 when we are away. When we want some serious heat we just start the wood stove.

  69. JOE L says:

    Keep it set at 68 and save

  70. Thom Corbett says:

    I installed a high energy efficient Irving Furnace and had the technicians divide my house into four heating zones (with four thermostats) to ensure that different areas are only heated when people are scheduled to be in that zone. There was a bit of fine tuning but it has saved us a bundle during the past two years.

  71. Mallori says:

    Make sure the temperature on your water heater is turned down so you dont waste oil/propane on making the water too hot. Turning it down to a reasonable temperature gives your hot enough water for showers but lower heating bills!!!

  72. Charlene F. says:

    I service my heating system every year , which helps ensure that it runs more efficiently.

  73. I combine my forced air furnace and propane stove for alternate heat. We leave heat off in the evening and turn it on first thing in the morning. If it is cold thru the day we use the propane fireplace as an added form to keep house warm. We conserve fuel and energy.

  74. Denise says:

    We keep our thermostats at 65 or lower and last year we installed a high efficiency wood stove to supplement our heating system.

  75. Shirley S says:

    We I get chilled when watching TV, I turn on my propane fire place to warm up the room, not the whole house. Otherwise I might be turning up the furnace in an attempt to warm up the one room.

  76. Nick says:

    When you have a 160 year old farm house conserving energy is always an issue, we set the thermostat a bit lower, use shrink film on the older windows, seal up unused doors, replace old worn out weather stripping, otherwise the best thing to do is put another log on the fire, put on a wooly and make a hot coco, and grab a good book.

  77. Mark Dantos says:

    With the Irving Gold Protection Plan, I have my boiler checked and serviced annually to ensure optimum performance and efficiency.

  78. Anne Hall says:

    I leave my thermostats at 65 or lower. If chilled I add a layer of clothing.

  79. Carol B says:

    Energy-saving light bulbs make an amazingly huge difference in electric bills. When in doubt of turning up the thermostat, I light a fire in the fireplace. It provides heat as well as atmosphere.

  80. Lisa says:

    Install and use a programmable thermostat!

  81. anne hanlon says:

    since we built home in 1978 we have done all suggested by many in their emails ,last winter I bought a unit which one puts under doors which will stop drafts also bugs in summer . I use in all doors including the closed rooms. Have heavy winter drapes , installed a cover in the bathroom skylight and do hope it will help me conserve oil at this high price.

  82. Jeffrey Hubley says:


    One of the best energy things you can do for your home is to open all curtains and blinds on a sunny day. Letting the sun come into your home to help heat it is free and can save you loads of heating costs. Once the sun has gone down close all the blinds and curtains to help keep the heat in and it also stops the cold from coming in. If you have ceiling fans in your home turn them on to help circulate the heat the sun has provided for you for free. Also if you have a air exchanger put it on circulate. This will help circulate the heat evenly throughout your home. By taking the screens off your windows will also help the sun heat up your home even faster. Also by keeping the windows clean helps the sun shine in and heat your home. This has proven to help us save loads of dollars on our heating costs. It will also work for you.

  83. Heather says:

    We use cold water for washing and hang clothes outside on the clothesline all year as long as the sun is out. It just means planning laundry around the weather forecast.

  84. Louise says:

    I have a raised ranch and “live” mostly on the second floor, so the heat downstairs is set at 50. The pipes are insulated and I always bring down the heat while I am at work and before I go to bed.

  85. My home is a 2 story with full basement. I’ve done all the seal’em up things I can do But have found a way to save a lot of fuel when I am away yet keep the house safe from freeze up due to extended power failure or extreme cold. Our boiler and base boards run yearround with anti freeze (especially made for this purpose). Draining the water system proved a time consuming nusance and very risky when we have let frends use the home for skiing when we cannot be there. I replaced all the thermostates with new ones that can calibrate well below 50 F.. I set the 2 main floors at 35F and the basement zone at 55F and leave the cellar door and floor grids over the wood stove open. Heat rises over the pipes which are kept warm and raises th 1st floor 5F and 2nd floor 7-8F. Don’t forget to shut the pump off just in case a pipe dose burst and you will limit the outflow to a puddle and avoid an inside skating rink. Shuting the heat off entire will result in shrinking, cracking wood, plaster and mortar, this is an economical compromise for us.

  86. John says:

    Make the kids take shorter showers and do all cloths in cold water

  87. Kate says:

    I unplug the light-sensitive night lights when I get up in the morning, since they would stay lit all day when we’re not even home. I then plug them in again when I get home at night. I’ve seen a difference in our light bill since I started doing this.

  88. Rob Robichaud says:

    Look under you sinks to see if the areas around where your drain pipes enter the wall are open. If so, use a small amount of expanding foam to seal these areas. It will prevent heat loss in the winter and warm air from entering in the summer.

  89. Stuart C. Stone says:

    Turn heat down, at night, and when out of the house, dress warmer. Be aware of any drafts coming in and fix them.
    Also if you have outside oil barrels, enclose them and stuff insulation around tank or run heating ducks from house to the enclosurer.

  90. Denyce says:

    Most of my energy saving tips have been previously mentioned above, except for a few. When doing laundry, always throw in a large dry towel – this will cut drying time almost in half. Keep the air in your home moist. High-humidity will keep your home warmer, longer. Think high humid days “hotter/warmer” than low humidity. So, we dry our clothes, big and heavy wet ones, on the backs of dining room chairs facing southern windows, while at work. Fluff as needed in dryer. Also, after cooking/baking, leave oven door open. We adjust heat (on a timer) on nights we plan to use the oven. And finally, we installed a “Monitor” type heater on the main living level. This can be turned on for 30 min. in the am, instead of heating the entire house. (Same goes for an a/c unit installed in the family room-do not have to run central a/c for entire house on most days.)

  91. Karen says:

    Use fluorescent light bulbs and put them in rooms where the lights are frequently on.
    Take note of the age of your furnace. If it is 15 years or older ,it is most likely 50% efficient. A new furnace would be more than 90% efficient.
    Also, ensure it is cleaned on a yearly basis.
    Older appliances ie: refrigerator, washer, dryers,and stoves are less efficient.
    Insulate your attic. Insulation to the top of your space warms up your whole house..just like wearing a toque on your head keeps your whole body warm

  92. Louise says:

    Timers on the thermostat and hot water heater; open the windows on sunny days and the the warmth in; and i wear lots of fleece so we can keep the thermostat temp a little lower

  93. Shirley says:

    Energy saving is a way of life, environmentally and financially. It has to be multidimensional–regular maintenance of furnace & fireplace; a programmable thermostat; as soon as available had an energy audit, & followed up with new well-insulated windows & doors;insulate electrical switches; check & maintain weather-stripping each fall; use solar panels on the roof to augment water heating; insulated drapes–closed after dark & open during sunlight hours; do laundry in cold water; use a clothesline when possible and use dryer only in coldest part of the day(evening or early moening; heat only rooms being used; use energy-efficient light bulbs; use a down duvet on beds to conserve body heat; wear slippers in the house; wear a sweater.

  94. Judy says:

    Install a programable thermostat. When sitting still in the evenings while watching television, grab a blanket and cuddle up instead of turning up the heat.

  95. Pearl Brown says:

    We turn down heat to 50 at night,58 during the day and run our wood fireplace as much as possible to off set fuel. Rap in blankets at night & morning, use hot coals in our (hot pot) to warm our bed before we get in.We keep simple exercise equipment in the living room.When sitting watching Tv,ect. and we get cold,we just hop on the bike or stepper and work a little. This gets the blood flowing,gives a little workout and keeping active isn’t all bad.I also wash clothes in cold water and hang clothes to almost dry,then fluff in dryer for softness.We use energy effiecent bulbs,cook in larger amounts so we only have to reheat for a day or 2,rather than long cooking times everyday.We keep our freezer out in the garage where it is cold , so it doesn’t use as much energy. Keep showers to 10 min.. Energy costs are as much electrical as oil,ect.We shut down rooms that don’t have plumbing in them.People should be careful to keep their floors warm enough so their water pipes don’t freeze ,by wrapping them w/insulation and having heat tapes installed. You should also wrap heat ducts if possible w/insulation so the hot air that is being transported from the furnace stays warm long enough to get to each room. This makes a huge difference in how much your furnace has to work to get heat to you.And also vacuum out ducts and registers so heat can get out better.There are so many ways to help w/ energy costs. It is good to see lots of different ideas.

  96. Nick says:

    In older homes it is not always possible or economical to replace inefficient windows. Using shrink wrap kits to insulate problem windows makes a huge difference during the cold months.

  97. Sheila Lilley says:

    Only run a full dishwasher…

  98. Louise says:

    Keep doors closed in unused rooms, bring thermostat down during the day

  99. Kerry says:

    Only turn on light in room I am in. Open all drapes over windows on south side of house in daytime in winter to use sun to hest house then close them at nitght to help keep heat in.

  100. Jeremy says:

    I keep my programmable thermostats set to 60 degrees during every time block. If anyone is home, s/he can get up and manually activate the heat; however, it will always revert back to 60 every six hours. Thus, the heat only gets used when someone is definitely home and is feeling chilly.

    Using this method, we never have to remember to turn down the heat; this saves us energy in the long run. Unlike the traditional use of a programmable thermostat, in which one would normally program a designated “heat ON” cycles, there is no automatic “heat” cycle that could ever kick on during a period when no one is home. Every cycle is set to 60. Unintuitive, yet simple.

  101. elvis says:

    weatherize doors and windows. wash in cold water. electric heaters.

  102. Shannon S. says:

    good old fashion slippers and winter clothes in winter. If you’re wearing a tank top in the house in winter you need to turn down the heat and get dressed.

  103. valerie says:

    If you are renovating your house, start from the outside. Get the house insulated properly, and spend a little more money and time in getting the right materials you need to make it efficient. (ex: insulate under siding,bringing up the R-value, Use low e windows, and spray foam around window and doors to stop any draft.

  104. Heather says:

    For our family the best energy saving tip we would pass on to others is to employ the expertise of a professional. Many utility companies will conduct energy audits for free or a small fee. Even hiring a professional contractor can be worth the fee they charge when you consider the money saving benefits of their expert analysis. They can use special equipment to find leaks and drafts that you would not detect on your own. After completing a full study of your home they will make cost-effective recommendations for energy improvements. With this information you can then create a house efficiency plan by prioritizing your home improvements based on what will save you the most energy and the most money.

  105. DANNY says:

    I’ve done all the usual things like air sealing around the foundation, doors & windows but the tip I want to tell you about is this:
    My wife has mentioned that the bedroom seems comfortable even though we keep the thermostat turned quite low. After hearing this comment for the third time I was starting to get a bit annoyed, so I decided to check the thermostat and believe it or not, it was not working properly. I replaced it immediately and so I guess my tip is : “You should listen to your wife”. (that was hard to say).
    But I’m sure our new thermostat which was very inexpensive & simple to install, will save us $ this winter.

  106. Arch Wilson says:

    Our wood-burner burns twenty four seven from say mid October until mid April and on it last winter for the first time we placed two stainless steel kettles [$40+taxes total] holding four litres of water in total. We use this almost constant hot water supply for incidental use throughout the day, in doing so our oil fired water heater that we use for showering and the dishwasher [washing machine cold wash] does not come on anywhere near as much as it used to.
    We think in that first year we saved 25% [$150] on our oil consumption and the kettles will last 10 years because after one year they are still like new. These kettles also serve to moisten the dry air in the house.

  107. jana protzman says:

    Bundle up and dress in layers!

  108. Jason says:

    hang the laundry out on the line rather than use dryer.

  109. Patrick lefebvre says:

    I keep the heat down and bundle up the kids and my self cause oils crazy priced for a single dad of two.

  110. Christopher says:

    Our digital/electronic thermostats are very handy, and also wash dishes at night(usually after midnight)

    We live in a old house, so one of the first things we did was to replace all the windows. They will definitely pay for themselves — best thing we did.

  111. Johann says:

    I never have a light or a tv or radio in a room where I am not. Also I have convection type heaters so that I can localize heat and only heat certain rooms, much more efficient.

  112. Dustin says:

    Keep the heat low during the day and put it to a compfortable tempature at night and the water cool for the washing machine when doing laundry.

  113. Mike Bragg says:

    We have an older Farm House and when we first moved in we could not believe how high our fuel bill was. But we have made changes to the place that has brought out fuel usage down a bit. We use to have the old Granny Style windows and you could feel the draft coming from them. So we changed over to newer windows that were insulated better and had multi panes. Just this change alone helped reduce the fuel usage a bit. WE then changed our house siding from shingles to aluminum siding which had a 1/2 inch base board that was put up first. This under siding helped make the house more air tight. We also do the old stand by every winter and that is bails of hay around the base of the house to help cut down on any drafts that might manage to get under the floor. So these changes along with the new roof we added have helped cut down on our fuel usage. So I hope that some of the changes we made might help someone out there.

  114. Always turn my furnace down at nights, have the house relly well insulated. Doesn’t hurt to shower with a friend

  115. Daniele says:

    I was always cold and would turn the heat up higher and higher. Then, one year I cut my hair above my shoulders. It felt so drafty that I began wearing a hat. Now my husband and I both wear hats in the house and we are much warmer, and the heat stays down lower!

  116. Larry Keniston says:

    Eliminate air conditioning costs next spring. Prepare now by eating better and getting more activity. You’ll be a healthy weight and you’ll embrace the short New Hampshire summer. You’ll save on food and healthcare too.

  117. Nancy Orkish says:

    When you need a warm facecloth, rather than running the hot water, dampen the cloth and pop it in the microwave for 10 or 15 seconds, then carefully toss it from hand to hand like a hot potato for a moment to distribute the heat and make sure there are no hotspots… that’s ESPECIALLY important for infants, as they burn so easily. You heat a few teaspoons of water rather than the liters you heat when you let the water run.

  118. Brenda J says:

    We have upgraded our furnace to a new energy-efficient model that uses less oil and we caulked around the windows, doors, house sill, etc to stop air leakage in our older home. This has made a huge difference in our energy consumption.

  119. nick H says:

    use window kits to add a few extra R in the structure and remember new windows are not always the answer a lot of times the draft is coming from the frame around the window being poorly insulated a quick cheap and easy cure for that is to remove the casing and spray in slow expanding insulating foam make sure its slow expanding the fast stuff may break your window

  120. michelle says:

    i try to use the fireplace after dusk and on weekends,and turn the heat to 62 at night….letting the pet’s sleep with you add’s to the the warmth.(footwarmers )they are !

  121. Turn down heat when going to bed as low as you can bear it! Having a down comforter is a great way to stay warm.

    Leave heat down all day when at work and only increase heat while at home, use blanket throws and warm socks to help keep warm.

    A wood stove is a great supplement to oil or propane heat. Ideally a wood stove downstairs and let the warm air waft up and heat you upstairs.

    Use a fan in reverse mode to keep the warm air flowing up to the ceiling and back down along the walls. prevents the warm air from flowing up and out.

    Curtains on all windows should be drawn at night. Open during the day to let the sun in.

    Use high-E energy-saving dishwasher/dryer/washing machine and more.

    Turn out lights once you leave a room.

    And a good Irish hot-water bottle is great to keep the little toes warm!

  122. Geno says:

    Plastic on the bedroom windows, a programmable thermostat and regular tune-ups. Just the basics.

  123. Sandra Denis says:

    Here is a tip for burning cresole on a wood stove. My husband’s mother use to put potatoe peeling in the wood stove. This would help clean the chimney and save on the chimney guy cleaning. Is was still a good idea to have them check the chimney though, once in a while.

  124. Sandra says:

    Use programmable thermostats and program them to reduce the temperature during times you’re away or sleeping. Wear a sweater and lower the temperature in your house.

  125. Phil says:

    At night when we go to bed, and during the day when no one is at home we turn the thermostat down about 5 degrees. We also wash clothes in cold water. We also use a clothes line to dry some of our clothes outdoors. We got rid of an older freezer and refrigerator and purchased low energy models.

  126. Tim says:

    Two words in the cold months…….”Fleece Socks!”

  127. suzanne says:

    #1 ENERGY STAR labelled compact fluorescent light bulbs use 75 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs.
    #2 Installing a water-saver flush kit in your toilet can save you thousands of litres of water per year.
    #3A low-flow shower head saves as much as 60 percent of the water used by a conventional fixture
    #4 Your refrigerator accounts for 11 percent of your household’s total energy consumption, so buying an energy-efficient model makes good sense
    #5Front-loading clothes washers use about 40 percent less water per load and 50 percent less energy than top-loading models
    #6You will get the most out our your clothes dryer if you clean the filter before every load.
    #7 Chest freezers are more energy efficient than upright models. Cold air stays in better when the door is opened.
    #8Using a dishwasher saves energy. Five minutes of pre-rinsing dishes under the tap can use up to 115 litres of water
    #9You can buy years of energy savings by choosing appliances that carry the ENERGY STAR® symbol
    #10 Heat recovery ventilators (HRVs) improve indoor air quality by expelling stale indoor air continuously and using its heat to pre-heat the incoming fresh air
    #11 A carbon monoxide detector should be installed near all fuel-combustion appliances. If your gas fireplace has a continuously burning pilot light, it should be turned off during the summer or when you are away for a long time.
    #12 By installing a programmable thermostat, you can save 2 percent on your heating bill for every 1°C (2°F) you lower the thermostat.
    #13 Setting the thermostat of your room air conditioner at 25°C (77°F) provides the most comfort for the least cost
    #14 Switching to a high-efficiency water heater could save you up to $100 on your energy bill every year.
    #13 A bathroom fan with an automatic humidity sensor runs the fan just long enough to remove excess moisture and then turns itself off to save electricity.
    #14 You can save up to 50 percent of your cooking energy costs by using a microwave oven instead of a conventional oven
    #15 Cleaning your electric kettle regularly with boiling water and vinegar removes mineral deposits inside it that reduce its energy efficiency.
    #16 To operate a toaster oven energy efficiently, make sure that air can circulate freely around the aAn electric frying pan requires less electricity than a range top to cook the same quantity of food.
    #17Programmable timers with an automatic on-off switch help extend product life and minimize energy use.
    #18 Aluminum tape wrapped around joints in heating and cooling ducts can help reduce costly air leakage.
    #19Aluminum tape wrapped around joints in heating and cooling ducts can help reduce costly air leakage.


  128. RYAN MURNAGHAN says:

    I own a few houses. I have topped up all the attics with blown in insulation, this saves approximately $50 per month on the heating bill. I also use pre set thermostats, short showers and only use the dishwasher when it’s full.
    Instead of turning up the heat I use a sweater or blanket instead

  129. kris says:

    i am a sixth grade teacher. i have always had a line leader and a door holder. this year i have a caboose whose job it is to make the sure the lights are out when we leave the classroom for lunch, for unified arts classes, assemblies, etc.
    the students also know that we close blinds on shady days and open them on sunny ones in the winter.
    we aslo just planted shade trees on the south side of our building to keep the heat out of the building in the summer. the building was renovated not long ago and when the budget was tight the landscaping was eliminated. however, we taught the students that the landscaping was part of the energy plan, wrote a grant, and planted those missing trees. we know the first graders will grow up with the trees and that they will not need as much energy to keep the rooms cool in the summer heat.

  130. Pierre says:

    I have a few tips for you energy saving people out there. During the winter you could be throwing out the heat you produce inside your home when it comes to your laundry nights. There is a 4″ x 5′ Indoor Dryer Vent Hook-Up Kit you can buy at Kents for your dryer that locks off the vent pipe that goes outside of your home. The hot air is then sent directly into your household, and will save you some oil or electrical bills this winter. You can add nice different scented dryer sheet to the load which will make your house smell nice and fresh and clean. While this is happening you are also sending humid hot air into the home which will help make you feel much warmer and will help with the dry air which affects many dry skinned people out there. Another thing i strongly recommend is getting a digital thermostat that you can also buy at Kents or any other home improvement stores that you can use to control the times your heat is on or off. You can set the thermostat to keep the heat low while your away at work, and turn on 30 min before you come home so you are walking into a warm home. Another big tip is for you people out there with older storm windows. The cold air drafts that come from the old windows are severe. The best way to get rid of this problem is to use a peelable caulking around the windows where any possible air could be escaping, and also where any hot air can be as well. Doing this to your attic hatch is very important since heat rised and you will lose a significant amount of heat . What’s good about this peelable caulking is that you can actually peel it right off in the spring leaving your windows looking clean again and able to open while keeping a strong bond during the winter. All you will need is a cheap caulking gun and the peelable caulking tubes. Last but not least if you have alot of windows in your home u should be using them to your advantage. Leaving your blinds shut could mean the sunlight you get in the winter isn’t heating your home so leave those blinds wide open. With a little elbow grease and a couple items at the hardware store you’ll be on your way to a more affordable comfortable winter for you and your family.

  131. Shari says:

    I am a single mother of 2 boys, and unfortunately I am told I make too much to get any heating assistance…so here are a few ways that I try to conserve energy. I wash clothes with cold water, and only will wash with a full load. I run my dishwasher at night on light wash, and only when it is full. I use paper plates for the boys so we don’t dirty as many dishes. I keep my fridge temperatures and freezer kept at the minimum for coldness. I have my boys shower every other day…as long as they aren’t too dirty 🙂 and when they shower, they know to keep it short…2 to 3 minutes. I turn off lights that aren’t being used, and at night I use a small lamp in the living room. I turn my thermostat down to 58-60 at night and during the day when we are not at home, and we have electric blankets on our beds, so about 30 minutes before bed, we turn them on medium to warm our beds, and shut them off when we go to sleep. My boys and I wear warm socks and slippers and sweatshirts at home to stay cozy. My boys are 12 and 9, and it has been the 3 of us for quite some years, so they also are very aware of mom trying to save money, and rarely do I have to remind them to shut off a light or take a quick shower. We also will all 3 curl up on the couch with a blanket and cuddle when we watch tv. It may not seem like much, but every little thing helps!!

  132. Cara says:

    I lower the heat at night and use cold water for the washer

  133. Gerald says:

    Turn down the thermostat at night and when you are not home. Turn off your water when you leave for more than 24 hours. Use those snuggies when you are sitting around to cuddle up in and read. TEACH YOUR CHILDREN to turn off lights etc. when they leave the room.

  134. Jim says:

    Open all your blinds and shades during daylight hours to take advantage of the passive solar effect. Close the blinds at dusk to retain the heat.

  135. John says:

    Take advantage of passive solar gain. I open blinds and drapes fully on sides of house facing the sun during periods of sun shine and close them over at night to retain the heat gain.

  136. Peggy says:

    My husband and I always place a rug up against the bottom of the doors to block any possible drafts. We had all our windows replaced that leaked cold air with thermal pain windows. All outlets on outside walls now have insulated pads in them. We only use cold water in our laundry now. Use the dishwasher only when there is a lot of dishes, otherwise we wash by hand. We also started using pellets as a backup heating source.

  137. tammy says:

    I keep the thermosat at 68 and wear a sweater if I feel cold. The sun shines in my living room window during the day and keeps the. house warmer through the daytime

  138. anne hanlon says:

    Ifollow many of the tips people have suggested. I think most people are aware and follow all the rules to keep warm in our cold climate. One tip is not enough .

  139. Lowell says:

    I open and close blinds and drapes to help minimize solar heating in the summer, and maximize solar heating and minimize overnight heat loss in the winter. Also during the summer, open most windows overnight to allow as much cooler air as possible to circulate through the house.

  140. Sandra says:

    Keep your furnace well maintained.

  141. cathy says:

    I use baby proof plug covers for the outlets on the outside walls. It really helps!!

  142. Teresa says:

    To save heat and energy I keep the thermostat on 15 so it doesn’t run all the time and 2nd turn off the lights and us my cans a bonus to the candles are the room smells nice..

  143. T-RoY says:

    Washing your laundry in cold water, which keeps it just as clean, saves you 90% of the energy used with hot cycles.

  144. noreen mcguigan says:

    I always turn off burners before food is done cooking it will finish cooking with a lid on the pot .
    I bake a lot so bake right after your done using your oven for your meat for supper its preheated and ready to go . I also have furnace off before supper and then leave oven door open as its cooling it heats quite an area

  145. Tracey MacLeod says:

    I make sure I always stay with Irving to bring me oil to heat my coldest days and keep the thermostat on at the same temperature to keep it running when it should.

  146. Bill G says:

    In a shower with a hot and a cold water tap, I turn on the cold water first (just enough to have good pressure) and then regulate the temperature with the hot water. This way I use the minimum amount of hot water required to achieve a good water temperature for a shower.

  147. Stevenson says:

    Wear lots of cloths and layers while at home. Heavy socks and slippers, a sweater. Even wear a cap or hat inside. Then the thermometer set at 60 degrees feels toasty. Get it down to 50 if you can, just don’t kill grandma.

  148. Kay says:

    Our family has always been energy conscious in the simple ways, always turning off lights and appliances when not in use, hanging clothes out on the clothes line, only washing full loads of clothes, using cold water, the hot water tank is turned down, also we use a wood stove to help with the heating in winter. We as a family are very aware of energy and trying our best to conserve energy.

  149. Denyse says:

    We dress warmly in the house so we can keep our furnace turned down to 12 Celcius all the time. We also heat with wood when we are home, which I bought by the 8 foot length and had a friend cut with the chainsaw, then I split it myself. Yes, It is a lot of work, but its also really good exercise and I’m accomplishing something while I work out, and not paying someone else 😉

    We also have insulated curtains, and draftstoppers.

  150. Jay says:

    Timer on the thermostat keeping the house cool when not home or sleeping (58 degrees at night, 62 degrees during the day). Oh, and put on some slippers and a sweater or something… it’s WINTER!

  151. Craig H says:

    On the coldest days one couls use an additional heating source like a fireplace with a insert airtight box and burn dried and clean wood. This would lessen oil use.

  152. I too wash clothes in cold water, hang on rack to dry then tumble to remove wrinkles, i installed energy effiecient light bulbs, put up winter curtains closing to keep cold out, run only lights in room i’m in and turn down heat when leaving house and going to bed.

  153. when going away for a day or longer lower the temperature to 12

    seal window and door drafts.

    wear warmer clothing and slippers when home, while lowering the thermostat.

    pay your oil bill before any interest accrues and always use Irving products whether it is for the
    home or car.

  154. Terry says:

    We use a propane fireplace to heat out rec room – but we don’t use the rec room all the time. We leave the pilot light turned off until we want to use the stove. Saves a ton on propane.

  155. Dan Coneen says:

    We turned our hot water thermostat down 5 degrees and do not notice a difference.

  156. Bob Ruopp says:

    Invest in a proggramable thermostat

  157. Brenda says:

    We turn the heat down to 16 degrees when we’re sleeping at night. We have our outside light on a timer, it turns off when we’re gone for work and turns on when we come home.

  158. NancyB says:

    We put new weather stripping around our doors. We put new insulation in our furnace room. We sealed drafts using spray foam insulation…and we sleep with the dog to stay warm at night!

  159. John says:

    I have a prgrammable thermastat but i usually lower it manually because i find i get more savings that way i can put it up or down pending how comfortable i want it. Lower in the morning and slightly higher 2-3 degrees when we get home just to take the chill off then i lower it again and cuddle under a nice blanket and turn the electric fireplace on which gives a nice obveous and i get to snuggle with my better half. We have insulated lined curtains in the living room which keeps the heat in and cold out and i open all the curtains when the suns out and it does warm the house for free a few degrees. Keeping your furnace in tip top shape with regular once to twice a year and or replacing an old furnace make significant cost savings…take it from me i saved over $1000 dollars in one year just from replacing the old furnace and doing some air sealing around the house.

  160. Jennifer says:

    I’ve read thru the tips to see there are a lot of smart folks out there,… well worth the read.
    I’ll just add that after all the shopping & research I’ve done for propane, Irving is by far one of the best resources you can find here in NH. Become an Irving Propane customer & you will not regret it.

  161. Karen says:

    I have change from a electric hot water heater to a oil hot water heater you save a great deal on your powder bill.you dont use much oil & you have hot water in 10 mins.

  162. Alana says:

    I only wash in cold water and always turn off the lights when I they are not needed. I put on an extra sweater instead of turning on the furnace. Also, I only turn on dishwasher when it is completely full.

  163. Stephanie says:

    I bought an inexpensive dryer vent that allows me to either vent outside or inside. In the winter, I vent the hot air from my electric dryer into my basement. And because my furnace heat is forced hot air, it helps bring needed moisture back into my home.

  164. amy says:

    I managed to cut my electricity bill from around 300.00 plus a month to 107.00 last month. Installed pull chains on all florescent lights in garage and basement so that when I turn on the lights only one comes on. Insulated areas of basement. Turned off heat in basement. Shut off a zone about my garage and drained the pipes. Used all CFL light bulbs. Shut off all lights. Installed two pellet stoves so I rarely use oil. Turned down my hot water heater and replaced a faulty wire. Shut off all computers everynight.. and basically turn on very few lights at night..

  165. Debbie Abbott says:

    I really good hint to save on your energy bill is to unplug everything when not in use, yes even the T.v and the computer. Before you go to bed unplug the lamps, toaster, kettel….etc. Also My family and I turn on the fans when we turn on the propane fireplace, it helps to circulate the heat.

  166. Colleen says:

    Making sure I turn down the heat to 60 degrees before I leave for the day. And at night, lowering the heat to 63 degrees.

  167. Jennifer Fitzgerald says:

    When we replaced our furnace we got a automatic thermostat that can be set for up to 4 different settings at 4 different times throughout a 24 hours period. The fact that I don’t have to remember to turn the heat down before I leave for work is awesome and it saves alot of money!

  168. Matt Caron says:

    I use digital set back thermostats to save heating energy when we are not around automatically!

  169. I live in a home that is 150-160 years old so drafty areas were always a problem that seemed un solvable. When my mother in law owned the home she spent at least $3000 just for the winter heat. We have trimmed that back to $1200-1400 just by closing doors to unused rooms, blocking off vents in the unused areas and we have an old pantry off the kitchen and 2 years ago I borrowed a bright idea from my daughter. I took and old wool blanket a nailed it up blocking the cool air from pantry getting into kitchen. Needless to say we use plastic on the windows as well as using foam and silicone where ever we can. It is amazing what a little thinking can do!

  170. keep your temperature at 68 degrees and wear a sweater and close all doors to rooms not being used.

  171. Lee says:

    Programable thermostates for each heating zone.
    Modern efficient lightbulbs for each room
    Since installing them I have reduced my heating bill and conserved energy

  172. Linda says:

    There are many little things a person can do, but here is one that I always do. When I bake a Roast, Chicken or Turkey for a meal or Bake Bread, I always do other baking at the same time so that I use the already heated oven and don’t have to reheat it just to make cookies, etc. This helps a little.

  173. Kathy MacIntosh says:

    We turn the heat off at night when sleeping and while we are at work and school during the day. We may turn it on first thing in the morning to warm up the house and with good insulation and lots of fleece sweaters and blankets we spend under a 1000$/year in oil. Why have heat on in the house when no one is home???

  174. Joe says:

    Turn the heat down at night and when you are at work.

  175. Susannah H. says:

    Best Bet Energy Saving Tips:

    1. Keep your furnance well maintained. A clean furnance is an efficient furnace!
    2. Use insulated drapes to cover glass sliders during winter nights and hot summer days.
    3. Wash clothes in cold water in the evening; dry on drying racks infront of those glass sliders during the day

    Also, exercise is a great way to generate your own energy. tidying up a play area, sweeping the floor or dancing with the kids are easy ways to move your body and warm yourself- and your family- up in the evenings.

  176. rick says:

    Keep the thermostat at 68 during the day and one hour before going to bed, put it down to 60. You’ll sleep better and save money

  177. Sandy says:

    I have thermal drapes on all my windows year round. Not only keeps cold air out, but keeps heat and sun out during summer-less use of air conditioners. Get in the habit of turning off lights as you leave each room. Shut off water as you brush your teeth. Also, when hand washing dishes, fill sink once with hot, soapy water and rinse all at once. If you have one “cold” room in your house, hang a thermal drape on an inexpensive tension shower rod in doorway and keep closed. You’ll be amazed at how that room stays warm We did this with our den – now it’s the warmest room in the house!

  178. Chris says:

    I heat with both oil and wood. When no one is at home, I turn the thermostat to 50 or 55. When we get home we turn the forced hot air to 75 to quickly take the chill out of the house while we light the woodstove. Within 1/2 hour the wood stove is heating the living space and we can turn the heat back down to 55 for the night.

  179. Margo says:

    We all have (cozy) down blankets on our beds and keep the heat in our upstairs turned down to bear min.

  180. Ann says:

    Using a programable thermostat, our most used room in the house warm at 67 degrees for 2 hours in the morning as we all get ready for work. Back down to 60 til we get home at night, then it is back to 67 for 3 hours til we go to bed. We have made curtains to divide the kit/dining room from the rest of the house which is set at 60. There is no sense keeping furniture and objects warm. I want to be warm so we dress to stay warm. We made the curtains to close off our kit/dining from the rest of the house with a natural wheat color fabric drop cloth from Lowes for only $20. It paid for itself quickly because our house is very open between rooms. For the weekends we use our woodstove in the living room when we are home. 500 gals for a 2100 sf house including hot water.

  181. Nancy says:

    Lucky enough to take advantage of great passive solar exposure in Vermont. So the blinds and curtains can be opened on the sunny days to gather the warmth from the sun and closed at night to hold onto the warmth….stay warm..:) peace

  182. Jennifer Cloutier says:

    In the morning before leaving home, i make sure that all of my blinds and curtains are open. It lets the sunlight in and warms our home a couple degrees during the day, and the heat doesn’t come on as often.

    We also have a rule in our house… if you are chilly put on a sweater. We keep the thermostat set at 65 degrees and very, very rarely turn it up any higher.

  183. sarah says:

    Place double sided draft stoppers on all the windows and doors, especially those facing the wind prevailing direction!

  184. wes macewen says:

    Put lots of insulation in your attic.

  185. Roger says:

    * Have your house and/or garage furnace cleaned and serviced at least every other year.
    * Install a programmable thermostat to lower the temperature when you are at work or away for an extended period of time.
    * Wrap water pipes with tube insulation, both to protect the pipes and to help retain the heat.
    * Check for drafts around doors, windows, other entry areas, around any furnace pipes leading to the outside, etc.
    * Ensure that caulking around windows and doors is in good shape. Put new caulking in any areas where cracking and/or filler is needed.
    * Use energy-efficient lighting for inisde lamps and overhead lighting, and don’t forget to also replace the lights in your outside entry areas.
    * Use a thermos butler or other suitable container to keep the liquid hot after brewing your pot of coffee, etc. This is very helpful to eliminate the extra electricity otherwise used to keep the warmer plate on.

  186. Sarah French says:

    One easy way to cut down on drafts coming in from under doors and even old windows (which can steal 5-30% of your home’s energy according to the U.S. Department of Energy) is to make a few inexpensive draft stoppers (also known as draft snakes or draft dodgers).

    You only need a bit of fabric from an old towel, jeans, or the end of a project and some sand (or rice or even kitty litter!) to fill the tube up with. Best of all, draft stoppers require minimal sewing skills, there’s room for lots of creativity, and it’s a project that kids can get excited about.

    There are some great pictures of cute and clever draft stoppers that people are using at this site:

  187. connie says:

    I put plastic on my windows, it keeps the warmth in and have purchased insulating foam and have
    foamed all my windows…..a bit of work but oh what a difference.

  188. Jamie Young says:

    I run a wood furnace, oil is my back up. It saves alot of oil every year.

  189. Michelle says:

    A quick ans simple thing to do is “close the doors to rooms whenever possible”. This little act helps prevent the heater in each room from being on all the time tying to heat the rest of your house.

  190. Cindi says:

    By turning lights off as we left a room we saved $40 in one month! We will put more clothes on & a robe before touching the thermostat, & we never turn it above 65.

  191. Johanna says:

    I have two sets of drapes… light and airy for the summer and heavy for the winter. Just closing the drapes each night cuts down on drafts. I also have a heavy drape for the mud room and basement doors.

  192. David says:

    I unplug all accesories at night before I go to bed. The microwave, the powerstrip for our computer system, the coffee maker etc.. It’s a pain in the neck but but it made a HUGE difference on saving energy and money :).

  193. Candace rogers says:

    I am a single mother that will take all measures to save …I just put plastic up on all the windows , and used weather stripping where the draft was still coming in.. Used insulation covers inside the light switches, and outlets.. I live in a 2 story Appartment and I’ve never turned the heat on upstairs because heat rises and my Appartment is well insulated .. To keep the main level
    Warm I keep the heat at a minium, and try to cook with my son which gets us doing actinides together and keeping the house warm, if we get chilly then it’s straight over to the couch for Disney movie cuddling.. I also only run my dryer in the morning because it gets the morning chill out of my home…. Last year with these simple steps I saved hundreds of dollars in heating cost ….

  194. Anne Arsenault says:

    Tonight, the wind was getting kind of cool, so I took out my corking tube and corked small cracks and openings around the doors and on the bottom of doors. I will also be checking around our windows. Keep the cold air out and the warm air in!

  195. susan says:

    I have found the best way to save on energy costs was to insulate to the maximum, taking special care to do the nooks and crannies, using spray foam insulation in small spaces where regular insulation was not usable. I have cut my energy consumption by over 50%.

  196. JP says:

    We replaced old metal garage doors with new insulated garage doors last fall — I couldn’t believe the difference in our home the following winter.

  197. Nathan says:

    I have a wood stove that I use to offset oil burning costs. Keep the furnace on 60 degrees and buy warm fleeces.

  198. Wayne says:

    When your not at home turn down the heat!

  199. andrea shaw says:

    I have gotten used to keeping my thermostat set at 61. Although some nites seem chilly, I’ve learned some tricks. After my shower, I wear heavy pj’s and socks, also a fleece bathrobe. I make a cup of hot tea, and heat up my home made heating bag in the microwave. It’s made of rice, lentils and herbs that I put in a fabric bag. It retains the heat for a long time. It is also good for soothing aches and pains as well as heating up cold feet, etc. I made one for each of my 5 daughters and they love them. My youngest just had her 1st child and took her bag to the hospital with her which helped with her pains after delivery.
    Nice heavy drapes keep the cold out and heat in. It really makes a huge difference. I also place bags of leaves around my foundation for the last couple years. It really helps to keep the cold out..

  200. Frank Carmichael says:

    We have always treated energy with the respect it requires. The costs are always a factor, but it is mostly non renewable, therefore we need to use as little as possible.

  201. This time of year think about switching to LED Christmas lights. Replacing just one strand of incandescent lights with LEDS can save you about $40 this Christmas alone! (estimates that lights will be on for 6 hours a day from Dec. 1 – Jan. 3. , and based on New Brunswick residential power rate)

    Imagine if you switched out all your Christmas lights!

  202. Donald Bonnar says:

    Since we installed a programable thermostat that has helped in savings

  203. Tara says:

    Use programable thermostats!

  204. Ron says:

    I invested in programmable thermostats. The heat is turned down throughout the house during the day them brought back up while we are home. Then the rest of the house is turned back down at bedtime except the bedrooms. We also have dinners on most of our lights including outside.

  205. John says:

    we always wash the clothes in cold water but the hot water is very hot, too hot to use undiluted resulting in much less hot water used. The bathroom heater is on a timer switch so it cannot be left on by mistake. We use a wood stove in the kitchen for heat in cool weather to save the furnace.

  206. Kathy says:

    We use a timer on the thermostat so the heat comes on and goes up at preset times. We also use lap blankets when just sitting around. Plus it helps to lwt the sun shine in mid afternoon to warm up the room- and give kitty a nice place to sleep!

  207. Jodi Noye says:

    I used to leave the heat at 20* when I left for the day—in case the pets were chilled—-finally realized they have fur coats for a reason– ;S Now I leave it at the overnight temperature of 15* until we get home in the evening….

  208. Jeremy Merrill says:

    We leave the propane heater on low when we leave and 68 when we’re home and it keeps our monthly bill at a reasonable price! 🙂

  209. Janice Nussey says:

    I suggest wearing a sweater and a pair of socks – makes an unbelievable difference in how high the heat must be put up

  210. Nancy says:

    I sent my son to college! Best energy savings I have had in years. The thermostat is programed. No more changes in the thermostat with it being bumped up by a chilly teenager. No more lengthy hot water showers. Pulled all the plugs on things that don’t need to be plugged in. Only 1 TV needed in the house-got rid of the other 2. Plugged up the fireplace flu with insulation. I added a styrofoam sheet, cut to fit, to keep out the draft. I have put birch logs in the hearth with candles.
    I don’t need the fireplace sucking out the heat in the house.

  211. Margaret says:

    We keep the thermostat at 60 degrees and wear heavy sweaters in the house. We supplement with a wood stove and have pocket doors to keep the heat in the rooms we use most.

  212. Margaret says:

    We keep the thermostat at 60 degrees and wear heavy sweaters in the house. We also supplement our oil heat with a wood stove and have pocket doors to keep the heat in the rooms we use most often.

  213. Anna Provencher says:

    Along with having your furnace cleaned yearly, give it a check monthly for dust. And chancge the filters at the same time. Hint-If you have pets, this is a very important task. We have dogs and the hair gets sucked under the furnace door and gets into the lower filter in the door. A quick vacuum keeps it free from pet hair and the air flowing freely.

  214. norm clermont says:

    Install programmable thermostats. in the summer, shut off the power to a tankless hot water boiler when hot tap water is not needed.

  215. Karen Lesko says:

    Make sure the storm windows are down and locked.

  216. Carmen says:

    We have programmable thermostats to keep the temperature in our house at a comfortable level when we are home and down low when we are out. Combining that with a heat recovery system, we have used an entire tank less of oil in the last few years than we did before we installed the devices.

  217. Debi Whiting says:

    I unplug everything when I am not using it. Use lights only in the room I’m in. Have storm windows secured and shades down unless it is sunny out. Get the furnace cleaned regularly and keep the heat at a steady conservative temperature and only turn it up occasionally to take the chill off. I also use weighted door snakes on the inside and the outside to keep as much cold out as possible.

  218. Elizabeth says:

    My top two would have to be our programmable thermostat and my favourite…my clothesline!

  219. Juanita Morrison says:

    keep the furnace turned down as much as possible. Use a portable heater in the room being used at the time

  220. Ted says:

    As my dad always said, “Come inside or go outside but don’t stand there with the door open”.

  221. Dora says:

    I only turn on the lights when it gets dark out. I only turn up the heat at night. I only wash full loads of laundry. We all shower one after each other so the water is already heated and it doesn’t have to keep coming on to heat up at different times during the day. I make blankets in the winter 🙂

  222. Sherry says:

    We noticed a huge difference once we purchased new doors, windows and siding. We lost so much heat from drafty windows and doors. It is amazing the difference even though we couldn’t afford it I know it will save us in the long run.

  223. insulate ALL your water and heating pipes. take your time and do a nice,neat,tight job ! not hard to do or expensive !

  224. Art Mchugh says:

    A few years ago I replaced our old switch & plug wall plates with new ones with a insulated back on them on all the walls facing outdoors & energy eff digital thermostats. It was a huge difference in drafts & the bill $25 to $35 dollars off my bill in winter months. Another thing try to conserve energy all year round where ever possible.

  225. Kelly says:

    I will not turn the heat on the roomsI am not using. My heat is only on in the room I am in. I also turn my heatdown when I go to bed or out.

  226. Angela says:

    I do all our laundry in cold water and make sure it is always a full load. We keep the thermostat set at a constant temperature. I also make sure all our windows are covered with curtains or blinds. Insulated our basement.

  227. portia fairfax says:

    Portia says

    November 10, 2011 6.20 pm

    i have always been conscious of ways to preserve enegry,when doing laundry I use cold water. The thermostat down stairs is always a few degrees higher than up stairs because heat rises. At bedtime we lower the thermostat. I hang my cloth on the line during the warm season, and i un plug anything that is not being used, and use low enegry bulbs and make sure any lights that are not being used are turned off.

  228. debbie says:

    turn down your heat at night or when leaving the house

  229. Gloria Fitzgerald says:

    Do laundry in cold water use dishwasher after nine pm. When I go away water is turned off and so is the power.

  230. I Use cold water to wash most clothes.I turn the heat down at night when we all go to bed. shut lights off in rooms that aren’t in use, and use energy efficient light bulbs.Having our home heating system serviced annually

  231. Dawne Knockwood says:

    I just had new windows installed, new weather stippingg around my doors and only use cold water for laundry. As well we only take showers no baths! Saves us lots throughout the year!
    We also use a power/bar surge protector for electronics and a flex fuel vehicle.

  232. Jeremy Hern says:

    We keep our curtains open in the day time to let the sunshine in and keep our thermostat at one temperature!!!

  233. peter dunphy says:

    I love when the sun shines it warms the living room for free. Heat down at night n laundry is get Hung out as much as possible

  234. Angela Doiron says:

    I installed digital thermostats and have them all set to down down in the evening when everyone is asleep,We seal all the windows with plastic,put insulator in the light and plug switch boxes and use all energy star appliances

  235. Ellen B says:

    We are just testing this out so I hope it works. We are shutting off the propane to the stove and turn on only when we need to cook a lot of stuff. I use a hot plate if I only need one burner. We have a very old stove, I’m guessing 25 years old and it has 5 pilot lights. I am hoping that this saves us some money and we won’t be wasting fuel. If this was my house I would have replaced that stove a long time ago.

  236. sandra says:

    We always turn down the heat when we are not at home and when we go to bed at night! Washing in cold water is also key!

  237. cc says:

    I turn my dishwasher off before the dry cycle and let the dishes air dry; I think it cuts down on my electricity consumption.

  238. Ardith says:

    I turn the heat down at night. Close the insulated drapes in the large windows at night, open to let the sun in during the day. I only use the dishwasher if it is completely full.. Use energy saving bulbs. Service our furnace each year. Hang out my wash on the clothesline most of the year instead of using the dryer. Use cold wash/cold rinse in the washer. Turn off the lights not being used. Now this year for our outside Christmas lights, they are using all LED instead of the larger old lights and this will be saving Energy for sure!

  239. Dirk says:

    Tip for mini-homes/trailers. After the first snowfall, pile the white stuff around your skirting of the home to prevent heat loss. Eventhough it is not directly in the home, the temperature under your mini-home or trailer will remain higher with the added exterior snowy insulation, decreasing the need for heat on the main floor.

  240. Anita says:

    replaced all thermsats with programable ones

  241. Ron Grant says:

    computerized thermostat

  242. Brenda says:

    I use a timer on my Electric hotwater heater so it only comes on morning and evening. Have lots of insulation in my home. Use cold water to wash most clothes. Only run the dishwasher a when I have a lot of dishes, wash dishes by hand in sink. Use an alternative type of heat when possible. Only use oil when I have to because the price has gotten so high!

  243. Natasha says:

    I used to shut the breakers off to my electric heat in the summer, now that we have hot water heating only, we turn the heat down at night when we all go to bed. We also shut lights off in rooms that aren’t in use, and use energy efficient light bulbs.

  244. wanda says:

    Only run the dishwasher when it is full.

  245. Rachal says:

    The number one thing that I do is……I have power-bars connected to all my electronics and small household appliances. I turn the bars off when that particular appliance/electronic is not being used to conserve phantom power. Having things like computers TV’s and microwaves etc, plugged in is such a waste of money and energy.

  246. Heather says:

    Cook with your family. Ever notice how warm and cozy it gets in the kitchen? That must help reduce your heating bill a little. Make a chicken dinner-then stock and soup for your family! Homemade oatmeal tastes a hundred times better then the stuff in the microwavable bags! So gather the troops, make a homemade meal, warm up the house a little-and if that fails, well keep a big basket of hats handy!

  247. Julie McGuire says:

    I always wash in cold. And, to save on drying time for heavier loads, I run the load through the spin cycle a second time. One of my favorite things to do is, I supplement evening light with candles. I love candle light. It may not be a big saver, but it’s cozy and looks very nice. Every little bit is a help. 🙂

  248. Michele says:

    Check windows and doors for air leaks. Caulk around them on the outside and line windows with plastic on the inside. This is for older homes. Use lined drapes to keep the heat in during the night. Wrap your water pipes so they don’t freeze. Good idea if you live in a trailer.

  249. Victoria Thomas says:

    keep furnace maintaned every year

  250. Shelley says:

    Turning off lights that are not required. Turning down the thermostat when you aren’t home and at night.

  251. Melody says:

    Heat down by no more than 3 degrees C at night or away – so it doesn’t take much energy to warm up when needed.
    Turn off lights when leaving a room
    Rinse soap suds down the drain with cold water – uses less water as the soapy water dissipates faster.
    Turn off computers/printers when not in use.
    Run dishwashers/washers only when there is a full load.
    Turn down hot water tanks especially while away on vacation.
    Outdoor lights on only when needed or for a pre-prgrammed timer – especially at Christmas
    Turn off pilot lights on gas fireplaces during the summer (as we found out the hard way) as they can use 1 ltr per day each fireplace

  252. Michelle MacKenzie says:

    I run my dishwasher at night when we go to bed and I use speed wash on my washer . We keep the temp down and wear extra sweaters and slippers. I also keep the shades open when it is sunny out to warm the house then close them at night when it gets cold.

  253. nancy Waltos says:

    keep you furnace and water heater maintained

  254. Rod says:

    I have a number of zones on my heating system and I keep the rooms that I am not using regulary at a low setting to save on heating energy

  255. Lauren says:

    I use a programmable thermostat so that when we are gone for 8-10hrs a day working the house is cooler and programmed to warm-up right before we get home. It also is set to be cooler at bedtime + heat up before we crawl out of bed in the morning!

  256. Mark says:

    When going on holidays turn of your hot water heater, electric or otherwise and especially in the winter turn your water main off as well.

  257. David Person says:

    I have installed atime clock on my my propane hot water heater Goes off at 10:00 pm and comes back on at 6:oo am. during the summer when we are working I do it during the day when we are working.

  258. Lindsay Perry says:

    I always turn the heat down whenever I leave the house. I also find that having a purring kitty laying in my lap makes me feel nice and cozy, and reduces the need for an additional heat source 🙂

  259. Dawn Pettiglio says:

    Lower the temperature on your hot water heater.

  260. Dawn Pettiglio says:

    Lower the temperature on your hot water heating tank.

  261. Art says:

    Install “Lined” drapes and curtains to be closed at night and during cold temperatures. Pay particular attention to glass surfaces facing north and west

  262. Charles says:

    To conserve electricity, I unplug the TV when it is not being watched, and I wrap a blanket around myself when I am watching the TV to stay warm. To conserve oil, I keep the thermostat set at 67 – 68 degrees F at all times, and I wear a sweatshirt to stay warm. I have the furnace maintenance done by Irving each Spring to keep it in top operating condition.

  263. alice says:

    It is worth buying heavy window shades. I prefer alot of light during day to let sun in and @ late dusk I draw the shades. I find I can keep the heat at a lower temp. at night. I also burn a wood stove in the lower level on week ends and keeps the upstairs floor warmer. I do a rinse cycle but, only run the dishwasher once per day. I use a wooden clothes dryer rack to dry many of of the clothes like jeans, polartec items etc. therefore my dryer gets less use.

  264. Lisa says:

    Our Best savings is that we use the timer with our thermostat and turn it down to 60 at night and during the day when we are at work. We usually use under 500 gal per year to heat an 1100 Sq Ft house

  265. stephen says:

    I turn down the heat at night to 65,and heat the rooms that are being used. Let the sun shine in on sunny days. Wear long john’s in the house, and use extra blankets.

  266. Mark says:

    Having our home heating system serviced annually ensures that it is in good condition when heating season starts.

  267. Cindy Fahie says:

    We all wear slippers on our feet and sweaters if needed. When we’re just sitting and watching TV or reading, we use blankets for extra warmth. We turn the heat down to 15 at night and keep at 20 in the day just until the house heats up and regulate as needed

  268. Don says:

    I save both water and the cost of heating it by turning off the shower while I’m soaping and scrubbing and applying shampoo, then turning it on again to rinse. A few minutes a day adds up.

  269. NM says:

    I use programmable thermostats that are set to run on programs. I also supplement the heating with a portable fan type of heater for quick warmth. I keep the heat low in the bedrooms & use a heated mattress pad, which I heat up before I get in bed and turn down for the night. It all seems to be working!

  270. sue says:

    turn down your heat at night!!

  271. IRENE WALSHE says:

    I very rarely use my clothes drier. I wait for fine days to hang my clothes on the clothes line, it is so nice to get in bed and smell fresh air on my sheets. I have the advantage of living in the country, neighbours don’t complain as they do in many subdivisions.A little bit of extra work but hey that doesn’t hurt anyone, reduces my heating bill and energy consumption as well as preserving my dryer [which is about 30yrs. old, and is in good working order]

  272. Cindy P says:

    I got the energy savers audit through PSNH, & had them come over & sprayfoem the sill of my house & add insulation to the attic. PSNH paid half.

  273. Shannon Clough says:

    turn down the heat

  274. Lily says:

    My Best Energy Saving tip is: I first of all do a good set up. I only open the fan (where the heat come out) in the rooms where my family spend most of time at, and also only the big rooms. I slitly open the fan in thoes small-space rooms, like our half-bath located on the 2nd floor, and I close the fan in the room where we barely go, like our storage room (even you close the fan, there will still a little bit heat come out to keep it not too too cold there). I also set most of our out-door time, for example from 9AM-4:30PM, to only 12 degree, which will make sure the coldness does not damage anything at home, without really using any oil, since heat does not need to be turned on much to keep the inside of house above 12 degree.

  275. Sarah says:

    I use energy effeicent light bulbs and turn out lights when there not in use. Unplug chargers when not in use and turn heat down when I am gone for the day. I do my laundry in evenings , not during prime time during day light hours.

  276. jean scott says:

    The best way i found to conserve energy is to get all new insultaed
    windows and doors insulate around your floors and pourch with
    insulation, also the attic.

    and actually good carpet and underlay keeps the floors a lot warmer
    also use sky lights to let the sun in

    For the beds lambs wool blankets are superior . and keep you very warm
    wash your clothes in cold water and use cold water soap.

    If you are not alergic to fumes you can use a wood burning stove.
    which is ideal.
    and of course you can wear therminal underwear , under your regular clothing.
    regards jean

  277. Mary says:

    First set up budget plan for your fuel,have your funace serviced every year, plastic the windows. Invest in so good insulated curtains. Turn down the heat in the day, open the curtains during day to let the sun in. 🙂 make sure to close them at night to keep in the heat. Weather strip all doors going to the outside, use draft protector at bottom of door. Change out all light bulbs to more energy efficient ones. Turn off or uplug any and all appliances not being used. Have LOTS of cozy blankets, available to cover up with if just sitting around. Close doors to unused rooms in the house. OH Man the list goes on and on.

  278. Robert Gage says:

    Install programmable thermostats. Set them to maintain lower temperatures when you are not home or are sleeping (suggest 60 to 62 degrees) and set them to 67 degrees when you are awake and at home. When at home wear warm clothing. If you go away for a few days or more, set the thermostat to 55 degrees. If using gas logs, turn the gas log off when the temperature reaches 67 degrees. If you have high ceilings and have ceiling fans, use the fans to circulate the heat that rises to the ceiling.

  279. Bev says:

    We use our electric fireplace in our lower family room and keep the thermostat down in the bedroom areas.

  280. Jacque says:

    I use the delayed wash on the dishwasher to come on after midnight when it is cheaper to run…also do the same with the washing machine…wake up in the morning to clean dishes and clothes..then I hang them on line to dry. (not the dishes of course!)

  281. Shaunna says:

    My family has always been energy conscious, first as children we all wore ( woolsted) wool socks and slippers that my mother knit by hand.
    Even though there were 18 children we all had socks and slippers that we wore faithfully at home and even to bed on cold nights.

    Today, even though our heating is much better than the wood stove my parents had, my family still wear our knitted socks around the home and on really cold nights to bed. This combined with cuddling on the couch with a blanket while watching tv, is the best way to keep heating costs down and energy consumption low.

  282. Julie says:

    Use energy efficient blinds & drapes to cut down on window drafts.

  283. L E says:

    Even though I have triple pane windows I retained my triple track (2 glass, 1 screen) storm windows. Boy, does that make a humongous difference. In the cold weather, if I leave just 1 storm sash open there is a huge difference in temperature in that room. The storm doors also make a humongous difference. I like it cold so I maintain a temp of 63*-65*, sometimes lower at night. I hang my good clothes, sheets (dry in 20 min.), sweat sets, etc., and only put in the clothes dryer: underwear, socks, towels, etc. I never iron, I only buy clothes wash & wear. All my light bulbs are spiral, (int & ext). I too take advantage of the extra heat from the just emptyed oven. All appliances are energy efficient. I unplug appliances that are not in use, groupings are plugged into surge protector strips. I just push the main surge protector switch to off. Rooms that are not used we keep the doors closed. If noone is in a room the lights, tv, radio etc., are off. I have a small cape. In the summer evenings to stay cool, 1-2 windows are open down stairs on the north side of the house and 1 window up stairs on the south side has a large fan sealed in the window blowing out. The cool air is dragged through the house shoving the hot air out. Heat naturally rises, so on a lot of days, the fan doesn’t need to be running, the air circulates all by it’s self. The hot water heater temperature is turned down as low as I can possibly get it & still have hot water. In the winter I put on a sweater instead of jacking up the heat, even the dog gets a sweater when he needs it. I have a wood stove to help & heat water/soup & cook on it instead of turning on the stovetop/microwave/toaster oven.

  284. Dana says:

    Keep the heat at a consistent temperature, plastic any drafty windows, and cover windows with heavy energy efficient curtains/blinds.

  285. .Claire Jones says:

    We use oil to heat our water.Therefore cold water is used brushing teeth and doing laundry and we use the light wash and cool rinse cycles on the dishwasher. Any excess water from the electric kettle is used to pre soak and wash dishes in the sink. I will put an oven proof pot in when baking and use the hot water in my clean up!Shorter showers are the norm in our house as is lowering the thermostat when out and while sleeping.We put child proof covers on electric outlets when not in use as they can be a source of incoming cold winter air.

  286. Matt says:

    Air dry clothes!!! Hang them over registers or if you have a wood stove,get a rack and put them on it! A dryer uses so much energy.

  287. Ann Richards says:

    Add moisture to the air by using a humidifier, placing a container of water near registers/radiators, and even hanging your clothes on a drying rack instead of using your dryer. Having the right level of humidity in your home in the winter makes you feel warmer. It can aid in breathing and decrease nose bleeds, dry skin, chapped lips and sore throats. It can reduce static electricity. And it can help prevent your wallpaper from peeling and your paint and furniture from cracking.

  288. Judy says:

    Wear warm socks…and turn the thermostat down a few degree’s

  289. David Kipper says:

    Keep the thermostat low or off during the day, and keep lights and appliances off or unplugged when not in use.

  290. Susan says:

    We use our propane fed “gas log” stove and turn on our paddle fans throughout the downstairs of our home. This keeps the heat downstairs when we are home relaxing or enjoying dinner. At night the the central heat doesn’t kick on as often which keeps the upstairs comfortable for sleeping.

  291. Kyla says:

    Use a blanket to stay warm and turn the heat down. Or, do like I do and snuggle with the dog to stay warm!!!!

  292. George says:

    Having an older house, I’ve found the plastic window kits do cut down on drafts coming in from windows. I also use folded newspapers at the bottom of the windows when closing them. That tightens them to close tightly.

  293. Margaret says:

    Unplug all electronics, heaters, appliances, etc. that have a “standby red light” when not in use. All savings add up.

  294. change filters regularly

  295. Heidi says:

    I have purchased inexpensive ($15) insulated drapes which help a great deal with keeping the cold out.

  296. michelle says:

    We keep thermostat down and snuggle in front of TV. Shut lights off when leaving a room. Unplug appliances and chargers. Use 3M products to seal up 80% of windows and make sure stripping on bottom of the entrance doors is in good shape.


  298. colin macdonnell says:

    Turn down the furnace when you are work.

  299. Emily says:

    Turning down the thermostat when we are at work during the day. We always dress appropriately when we are home so we don’t need to crank the heat unnecessarily.

  300. We had an energy audit to pin point the areas that needed attention: programmable thermostats, storm doors, garage door weatherstripping, new windows, door weatherstripping, yearly furnace service, super store hot water tank, rate 11 off peak electrical use, power strips for television, blue ray, computer, Keurig Coffee brewer.

  301. Carol Saunders says:

    Irvings’ great service= both deliveries and keeping the furnace /hot water heater running at its best , is the best I experienced over all these years .

  302. Donald Small says:

    With south facing windows you can use dark drapes/window coverings to reap the heat from the sun through the day which helps reduce the load on your furnace and pocket book.

  303. Cindy says:

    Be sure to check around doors and windows for air escaping. Fixes are available at most hardware stores.

  304. Amanda says:

    I put up plastic to block drafts from windows.

  305. Don Mallard says:

    Seal all outside vents and pipes.
    You can all seal windows easily with Draft – Attack

  306. Be energy wise, save dollars and protect our environment by lower your thermostat, using CFL’s for lighting, insulate and seal penetrations in your home, maintaining your heating and AC units and turning off unnecessary electronic devices.

  307. Ken Macdonald says:

    adding extra insulation to your home but specifically to your attic if you are short of an r 50

  308. Chris says:

    Send your kids to college. There is no one at home to play with the thermostat. I saved on the fuel bill but there are those pesky tuition payments.

  309. Lisa Doner says:

    I close off the upstairs rooms when they are unoccupied to prevent all the downstairs heat from drafting upstairs. This allows me to keep the thermostat downstairs at an economical 66°F. If the upstairs rooms are open, I need to push the downstairs heat to 68°F to stay comfortably warm there.

  310. I have a stairway from my attic with a door which opens into the main level of the house. Although the cracks around the door were fitted with weather stripping, cold air was still getting through. As the attic is used for storage, and access to it was required, I designed a piece of plywood to fit the attic floor over the entrance and covered it with over-lapping polystrene insulation. This sealed off the entrance, yet still permitted easy access to the attic, by simply sliding the plywood off to one side. What a difference it made !

  311. Rolf says:

    For all energy sources (heat, electricity) start with zero and use only enough to survive. You might suffer a little, but you’ll save a lot. No need to carry things to the extreme however. Make sure you are comfortable but at the same time develop the habit of continuously monitoring the situation to ensure you reduce energy usage the moment you become too comfortable. All of the other tips in this blog will enable you to succeed with this tip.

  312. Doug Laffin says:

    Close all window blinds at dusk and make sure all south and west facing windows are open to accept passive solar heat during daytime hours.

  313. Holly says:

    We save energy when we turn off the “pilot light” on our propane fireplace from April until November!

  314. Charles says:

    In addition to turning thermostat down , or off, during mild days, we take care to clean the filters on our Venmar air exchanger and this reduces the need for the furnace to circulate air.

  315. Peter Heilemann says:

    Use a humidifier to ‘help’ your heating system keep you warm. Most homes in the Northeast are dryer than the Sahara Desert during the heating season. Good humidity helps you feel warmer because your body will not evaporate water excessively through your skin. In fact, 68 degrees at 75% humidity actually feels warmer than 72 degrees at 50% humidity.

  316. Donald Steere says:

    Please don’t laugh! I received a Snuggie last Christmas and the darn thing works! Don’t wait for bedtime
    to turn down the thermostat. Turn it down early while watching TV and put on a lap robe of some sort. A
    few degrees can save significant fuel.

  317. Arvilla says:

    We purchased “Shrink to Fit window Insulation Kit”. So easy to do, even some one not handy could do this. Just hold it to the window sill and heat with a hair dryer. It is so clear you wouldn’t even know it is on the windows and it cuts down on all the drafts.

  318. Tina Sctt says:

    Keep the heat at a normal temperature and keep the doors closed to the outside. Every time you open the door the heat lost is unbelievable. Unplug appliances and hang clothes on the line instead of dryer. Use energy efficient light bulbs and keep the lights to a minim when needed.

  319. Drew Nickerson says:

    We unplug the flat screen TV when not in use.
    We caulked and put plastic over our windows.

  320. Roger C. says:

    As my Dad use to say keep it simple stupid. I’ve purchase 4 rolls of rope calking, very important because it works best,(sticks well) purchase them at Aubuchon Hardware. It cost me $6.99 a roll. For only $27.96 I’ve sealed both in an out all my windows and doors. Totally eliminating all drafts coming into my home. Easy to remove in the spring. I also made it possible to air out the home on warmer days with simply unsealing one door and 1 window on each floor. I have absolute 0 drafts coming into my home. For the interior doors I put at both top and bottom metal door strips with rubber edge to eliminate drafts here. I’ve check drafts with the old candle trick and believe me when I say this is very effective. Make sure you have storm doors for each door entrance. I also use sticky foam on the inside edge of garage door. So for about $60 I eliminate all drafts coming into the home. From what a clerk at Aubochon Hardware indicated to me in sales I purchase about 20% of rope caulking sold in a year. Goes to show you how very few people know or consider using this as a method of eliminating drafts.

  321. Andrew says:

    Have an Energy Audit done for your older home. Insulation settles over time and additional insulation might be needed to properly insulate your home.
    Replace those incandesent bulbs, especially in high use areas.
    Turn lights off when you leave the room

  322. Richard D Barany says:

    Make should you have your furnace servest every year.

  323. Thomas Jensen says:

    Decreasing household temperature during night time when people are sleeping or when away for extended periods of time will result in a reduction in Energy consumption and subsequent savings for the homeowner.

  324. Miguel says:

    Having recently moved to Canada from Asia, these measures are new to us. However, have learned to do the following:

    – turn the thermostat down during the daytime
    – ensure that cold air stays out of the house
    – close air vents and doors of rooms that are not used
    – etc.

    All of these measures have helped us reduce our heating costs each year for three years now.

  325. Andrew says:

    I use an internet enabled thermostat so i can leave my heat set low during the day and turn it on from my cellphone when i leave work. That way the house is only heated when I am home, even if i get home at different hours every day.

  326. James Mason says:

    Install a programable thermostat to lower heat at night and when you are away from the house.

  327. Chelsea says:

    Crack the oven open when your done cooking to heat your house… extra heat. Also, turning down the heat at night when your sleeping!

  328. elaine g. smith says:

    Turn the thermostat down to 50 degrees and put on wool clothing. Shades down at night and open when sun is out. Suffer and beat the system.

  329. tiffany says:

    We caulked all the windows to get down on drafts.

  330. Jeremy says:

    Unplug appliances when not in use.

  331. Howard says:

    Where a sweater and keep the thermostat a degree or two lower during the day.

  332. Rafael Diaz-Alvarez says:

    My wife and I close all registers’ and doors in the rooms not being used. We lower the heat down to 65 during the day both 1st and 2nd floor. At night we bring the heat up to 68 in our bed room. We ONLY turn the heat up to 69 MAYBE 70! if the in lawns come up to visit….as soon as they leave, BACK down to 65 baby!!! Oh!, I almost forgot…my wife has our dog a Doberman sleep with us in the winter to gives us another 1-2 degrees more in bed….I think he’s on to us! 🙂

    Happy Winter, Happy Thanks Giving, Merry Christmas AND Happy New Year to ALL!!

  333. John says:

    By replacing all our windows with new ones (not replacement slip-ins, but entirely new windows in complete frames) which have double glazed gas-filled panes and special coating, we have reduced our heating oil consumption by one third.

  334. Pat Tobey says:

    We use plastic on our windows to avoid drafts, we also use insulated curtains, insulated and filled all cracks and holes including insulation pads in the electrical outlets. Make an effort to wear extra clothing in our home rather than turn up the heat. Trying to be more efficient with hot water, using more cold water to do laundry, (whenever possible). Hanging clothes out to dry wheneve we can. generally returning to the old methods of doing things.

  335. colleen farmer says:

    I save oil when I turn off the boiler when not in use this way it does not run for no reason and I sealed windows and doors for winter . I open all shades during the day so the sun warms the house keeps the heat off just a little longer . and in the evening I use the oven and bake to warm up the house works for 2 benefits diner and heat at the same time keeps that boiler from turning on when it does not need to be also dry your cloths late at night when rates are lower and usage is lower in your grid

  336. William Abbott says:

    We have radiant floor heating installed in our floor trusses of our home and it is already an efficient system. However, to make it more efficient, I installed heat plates that integrate into the PEX and absorb the heat energy which spreads it over its surface area and retains that heat allowing it to maintain warmth for a longer time than without the plates. In addition, I insulated the truss with reflective and fiberglass insulation to keep that heat within a closed and contained area vs. open to the basement. The result has been a savings of about 15% fuel usage and an increased feeling of warmth as the floor doesn’t cool as quickly. Simple project for the do it yourself person and will provide a return on investment within on to two years!

  337. Tony Furina says:

    When using oven leave door open after removing food.

  338. Lee says:

    After taking a long hot bath let the water sit in the tube until it cools. The heat from the bath water helps heat the house and the extra humidity is an added bonus.

  339. k room reck room uses propane. we use plastic storm wwewe put up new storm doors put door to the recindows in side they put in with a hair dyrer.

  340. wewe put up new storm doors put door to the reck room reck room uses propane. we use plastic storm windows in side they put in with a hair dyrer.

  341. Esther says:

    Turn off your computer modem, satellite receiver, coffee pot, etc. when not in use. Saves on your electric bill!

  342. Anna says:

    Put on a sweater and crank the woodstove!

  343. C. Stecklare says:

    A humidifier should be operating all during the heating season. Adding moisture to the air contributes to a healthier indoor environment and promotes comfort when the thermostat is kept at a lower temperature.

  344. Enid Chandler says:

    Close off unused rooms in house; set temps between 50-68F depending on what rooms are in use. During winter months, we live in a small area that is heated at 68 deg. Farenheit, unless entertaining. Use cellular shades on windows, large glassed areas have triple insulated drapes, energy efficient light bulbs, cold water wash for laundry, hang and dry some clothes in warm furnace room. Our home has westerly exposure and provides some “free” over all unused electrical outlets with safety inserts. Air house out only during the warmest part of the day. Be sensible and aware of energy efficiency!

  345. Ray& JoAnne says:

    We installed an outdoor sensor tied into our boiler control to shut the heat off when outside temperature is above set point, adjustable from 35 degrees to 70 degrees. When your not around, the set point shuts the boiler so your not maintaining hot water in the boiler when not needed. This works well for people who travel for an extended period of time or on vacation for a week.

  346. Ron H says:

    Even with weather stripping drafts can enter the house under doors and windows. A draft blocker will prevent drafts from entering and cooling down the air in the house. It is cheap and effective – and they can be made to look apealing.

  347. Pat Cloutier says:

    Lower our hot water temperature in the summer and elevate it in the winter months.

  348. Vanessa says:

    My water heater used to sit on the floor of my basement. Being that basements floors are REALLY cold I decided that I would have an insulated platform built for it to stand on thus the water heater would not need to come on to heat the water as often as it was not sitting directly on a cold surface. I noticed a significant difference in my electric bill. 🙂

  349. Mel says:

    Consider running your heating system at a slightly lower temperature, perhaps 64 instead of 72. Drop one degree every two or three days so that your internal body heat set point can get used to the change which may also cause you to dress warmer without conciously noticing the change. This should also help you loose weight in a subtle way as your body will burn more calories as a natural adjustment.

  350. Al says:

    Just purchased a boiler jacket for my hot water boiler/furnace, which encloses the whole unit with fire retardant insulation. Now instead of residual heat escaping and warming up the air in my garage just to have it all escape outside when I push on the remote to open the door…the heat will remain in the unit making it easier to maintain the hot water temperature needed for the house.

  351. laurel says:

    I replaced all the light bulbs in my home with LED bulbs. My electric bill dropped by half!!!!! Excellent way to conserve energy.

  352. Louise Jameson says:

    Buy insulated curtains and close them on those blustery days and in the evening, saves on the draft

  353. Ken says:

    Couple of things I can think of is dress warmer while in house and keep thermostat at temperture where you are comfortable not toasty or freezing. I use automatic digital thermostats on two floors and heat is lowered/shutdown at night while we sleep and during the day when we are not home. The heat retains for sometime and if I happen to be home during the day when the thermostat is program to lower temp and I feel a chill, then I raise it a bit to get the chill off. Limiting time in shower helps, but try and tell that to my kids. All I can do and flash the bathroom light on and off from outside switch to remind them to get out.

  354. Young says:

    Dry clothes on a drying rack next to heating vent

  355. Brendan says:

    One of the best things we did was to replace our PROGRAMMABLE thermostat with a simple dial one. it used less electricity by not having a lighted display. Also we set the temp at one number ( we use 64) Uses a lot less oil to heat up a couple degrees than by heating up the whole house for ten or more depending on the setting for the down time twice or three times a day. ( we did do the progressive heating when we had it it so the furnace didn’t run as long each time.) sleep 55, wake 62 , day 60, evening 64…

  356. Debby says:

    I use flamless candles to watch tv instead of having a blaring light on. Its cozy and doesn’t use any electricity.

  357. Kelly says:

    I have a heated water bed, which is not as common any more, but a safe electric blanket would do the trick as well, so the thermostat can be turned down at night and one can still be warm and cozy. I pile lots of blankets on top of the water bed, to keep as much heat in during the day so it doesn’t take as much energy to keep it warm. This is convenient for when the power goes off as well, at least for a short duration it can be kept warm enough to crawl in it and be nice and cozy!

  358. Donna says:

    I turn my heat down during the day and before going to bed, also turn down the water temperature on the furnace.

  359. Jane says:

    Get a lambswool fitted bottom sheet (called a jumbuck in Australia). It keeps you nice and warm – and no more getting into a bed with cold sheets.

  360. Karen Corbin says:

    1. When cooking with the oven and you are finished, open oven door as it cools for extra heat.
    2. I always leave a knitted blanket near the couch so that if you are watching TV you can use the blanket instead of turning up heat.
    3. Wash clothes in cold water
    4. Extra blanket on my bed.

    I find the little things are what helps the most. It is easiest to put on a sweater. If its to hot then you end up opening a door or window.

    I think everyone could use a tank of oil, especially so close to Christmas. Good luck to everyone.

  361. Karen says:

    In the summer we turn off the thermostats and we also turn off the heating/water tank system when we are away. When we return home we turn the system back on and within 20 minutes we have hot water. We only use 1/4 of a tank of oil from May to November. In the winter we leave the thermostat at 68 in the kitchen/livingroom/and bathroom and in the bedrooms we leave it at 64. We use about 600 gallons of oil per year. We live in the central/ northern part of Vermont.

  362. Dawn says:

    As a recently divorced mother of 2, I like to cuddle with the kids at night. Lots of bonding time and natural heat. Feather blankets work well and are light weight. I turn down the thermostat before going to bed and add extra blankets for comfort. I love sleeping in a chilled room and the kids love the time with me.

  363. Sarah says:

    Let the dog and cat keep your feet toasty and warm by sleeping at the foot of your bed. They generate warm, friendly heat!

  364. Karen Harris says:

    We installed an automatic digital thermostat in our house – heat comes on just before we get up in the morning and turns down as we leave for work. Same thing in the afternoon, it comes back on just before we get home, and turns down overnight. We don’t have to think about a thing, and never accidentally leave our heat on all day when we’re not home…

  365. Hilary says:

    Use a blanket.

  366. Jon Marines says:

    During the winter months move to Florida!

  367. melissa ayotte says:

    put seating and beds against internal walls only.u then can stay warmer in cooler temp

  368. Ryan says:

    It’s hard to pick just one! We avoid using the dryer, choosing to hang our clothes on a line outside. In the winter, we hang them inside, continuing to save energy AND solving low-humidity problems!

  369. Carl says:

    Install a timer at the hot water heater and set it to turn off at 11:30 pm and on at 6:00 am. It can also be set to remain off during extended absence from the property.

  370. Tammy says:

    Heat with wood

  371. Janis Del Pozzo says:

    I put a prophane gas stove in my family room fireplace, that has a small fan in it. This is additionall heat as my home is total electric. When the power goes out due to storms the down stairs and my pipes are protected.

    The biggest engery SAVING TIP is my home is a split entry and I have a ceiling fan in the entry way that pulls the heat from the down stairs saving me alot of electric on my bills. The temperture up stairs goes up 10 degrees in about 1/2 hour after I put the fan on. The entry way fan, in the colder weather, runs all the time.

  372. Barb says:

    Turn down the heat when you are not home and at night. Also turn off lights when not in a room.

  373. Michael Drooker says:

    Close window blinds at night and during the day in unused rooms. This works best if the window blinds have some insulating value such as the “cellular shades” available from Comfortex (www.comfortex.com). You will notice the difference instantly if you stand next to a window and open a closed blind. (I do not work for Comfortex. I have purchased their products and use them in my home.)

  374. Gina Hooley says:

    My house energy savings came after I properly insulated my windows.
    I have fairly new vinyl windows in my 1973 home. Even with newer windows, I always had a draft. So after trying plastic and tape with no success, i decided to go right to the source. I tore the trim off the ‘pretty’ windows. Well was I surprised, I could see daylight though my wall. I went to my local hardware store where they hooked me up with expanding foam. It a special insulation made just for windows, trims etc. I used a can of foam on every window (the stuff is messy and stinky, but it works). The next cold night I had no breeze, I actually had to wake up and turn my heat down. Was I ever happy for this.
    After I begin my energy saving I wanted to do it all.
    I replaced all my ‘cheap’ light bulbs with the fancy low 13 watts.
    I traded in my antique dehumidifier for a new up to date energy star.
    I bought a new washer and dryer with extremely low watt usage.
    I replaced an old jet pump with a new one, I upgraded a few breakers in the box.
    I stopped using the 1500watt surround sound, and started using the tv volume.

    My savings were worth evry penny!
    My 2008 annual power was over $1500 year.
    My 2010 annual power was under $1000 year.

    I went from using 2800 litres (2008) of oil a year,
    to using 2200 litres (2010).

    I am so happy with my savings, and to think it all started with a little draft. 🙂

  375. Monica says:

    Let your dog sleep in your lap while you sit on the sofa! Makes a wonderful heating blanket, memorable bonding experience, and you can keep the thermostat set lower.

  376. Heather says:

    We always wash the laundry with cold water — to save the cost of heating the water — and then fold everything while it’s still warm so don’t need to use the iron — more savings!

  377. Dave Wade says:

    Putting plastic over any windows that are older or large glass sliding doors for the winter to keep the heat in

  378. Steven says:

    An indirect fired water heater has saved us on average 75-100 gallons of oil a year since we’ve installed it, versus a tankless coil in the boiler.

  379. Art says:

    Make sure your house is well insulated, you have to be able to hold heat in

  380. Marcy Innes says:

    Instead of heating your home at night, just heat your bed. I bought an electric blanket and put it under the bottom sheet and mattress pad. Before I go to bed I turn it on to warm up my bed, then I turn the heat way down and sleep warmly all night. This is much more energy efficient than keeping the heat up higher than you need it to be.

  381. Theresa Erb says:

    I turn off the pilot light on my fireplace when I am not using it, and when I am away to save propane.

  382. Karin says:

    Train your dog to lay down right in front of your door – this works great as a draft stopper!!!!!

  383. gregg faber says:

    turn down thermostat when you are not in the house for a long period.

  384. Sarah says:

    Using a programable thermostat- especially during the day when we are not home- has been a nice energy saver!

  385. Anita Webb says:

    Be sure to have your furnace serviced every year to make sure it is working efficently.

  386. Amy Poirier says:

    Change all the light bulbs in your home to energy saving bulbs. They save energy, work just as well as “old fashioned” bulbs and last much, much longer.

  387. Alisa Harris says:

    Get an energy audit and actually do what they tell you to do to make your house more energy efficient. We did that and have saved quite a bit of money!

  388. Anita Webb says:

    Have a programmed thermostat to have heat setting low while the house is not occupied and remember to reduce heat during the night when it is healthier to have cool temperatures for sleeping.

  389. Shelby Lang says:

    A great energy saving tip is to turn the heat down and snuggle with a blanket – if only for a couple of hours. Also wash clothes with cold water only – we have been doing this for years and saves so much on warm/hot water!

  390. Scott Dearden says:

    Keep your hot water heater at 120 degrees or you are throwing $ out the window.


  391. Nancy says:

    weather striping around doors & leaky windows

  392. Denise Russell says:

    The account is in my mothers name (Alvina Pothier) but I look after paying the bills.

    My best tip is to get her to stop opening the windows and turning up the heat because she has forgotten that she has opened the windows.

    We could really use a free tank of oil!!!

    Thank you. Denise Russell for Alviva Pothier

  393. Linda says:

    Put in automated thermostats with preset times so you don’t waste the heat when you are not there.

  394. Here is my tip for saving energy to all my fellow users:

    Hug your family 11 times a day, turn down the heat a couple degrees and think how much warmer you feel inside.

  395. Jessica says:

    When we moved into our new home, not only did we purchase all new appliances that were energy star rated, but we plugged all our TVs, Blue Rays/DVDs, Cable Boxes and Computers on power strips. This allows us to shut down their power completely when we go to bed or leave for the day. This has proven to be a large cost savings for us.

  396. Jon Graton says:

    shutting off lights, burning wood, extra blankets, close garage door at night

  397. Carol Angowski says:

    I keep my thermostat at the same level and it maintains a comfortable level in the house. It is kept at 66. I only used 660 gallons last winter so it worked. – Carol

  398. Bruce Dennison says:

    Try to stop as many cold air leaks as possible….lock down windows, check condition of draft sweeps on doors, add insulation to electrical sockets if drafty, etc.

  399. Donna Chard says:

    My fav tip is to use a progammed thermostate and use less oil while sleeping or away from home,also covering your older windows with plastic during winter also will cut down heat loss.Tks

  400. Rachael Cohen says:

    Put on a sweater, socks, even a hat inside and keep the thermostat a little lower.

  401. Kevin Hughes says:

    My wife and I turn our thermastat down at night while sleeping and if needed in the AM turn it up to enjoy the warmth. We turn it down again while at work during the day. This saves us dollars and allows us to enjoy the heat when needed.

  402. Heather says:

    We are a family of 7 so our biggest money saving tip is to make sure all of the lights are shut off once you leave a room and during the day we open up the curtains and blinds to save from turning on a light. We also will have all of the lights off and use flashlights to play, the kids enjoy it, it’s like camping in the living room.

  403. Mona Campbell says:

    I leave my furnace on a comfortable setting.

  404. Melissa Dixon says:

    Replace you old windows with new energy efficiant windows.. You will be saving on heat, and energy ever month!!

  405. doug says:

    programable thermostat

  406. Jeremy Merritt says:

    The furnace is designed to heat your whole house. On those late winter nights, when you’re watching a movie, turn down the furnace and turn on a space heater in your living room.

  407. Steve Currie says:

    Make sure your furnace and heating system is tweaked and kept in optimum working order
    by leaving your upper floor zone at 16, the midddle zone at say 18 and the lower at 20 your house will heat most efficiently at minimum cost.

    Now just sit back and enjoy your cozy home!

  408. Austin says:

    Make sure all windows and doors have a good tight seal.

  409. Darlene Gautreau says:

    We keep our thermostat @ 62 pretty much all the time and occasionally turn it up to 67-68.

  410. Steve Greiner says:

    Have Irving Oil tune your furnace

  411. christine hamel says:

    I keep my thermostat set low because to me it is easier to get a blanket and warm up than it is to cool off a room that is way too warm.

  412. jessie bunten says:

    Get a programable thermostat. We have ours programed so the heat is at a specified temp when we are home. Also programed much lower for when we aren’t home and when we are sleeping.

  413. Melanie says:

    We keep the thermostat at one temperature rather than adjusting it to extremes when we enter or leave our home.

  414. Ceil Jancola says:

    I put shirts in the dryer for 5 minutes to warm them up and remove wrinkles. Then I take them out, hang them up, and use a clothes pin to close them at the neck so they dry straight. They look like they just came out of the dryer.
    For jeans, I hang them to dry and then put them in the dryer for 5 minutes under cold tumble. They soften up as if they had been dried in the dryer.

  415. Nancy Ouellet says:

    Programmable thermostats!!

  416. Monica Valente says:

    High efficiency front loading washers save energy and water.

  417. Vicki says:

    My best energy saving tip is to have your furnace cleaned, tuned and checked out.

  418. Jeff Osborn says:

    If you have a removable screen that is not replaced by a storm window apply shrink plastic to the out side and seal it with the double sided tape on the inside which is pressed against the window frame. Then use a hair dryer to shrink the plastic tight against the screen. This give you a double or triple barrier layer on your windows depending on what type of window that you have.

  419. Jenny says:

    2 100 golden retrievers on the bed! No need for the heat to be up!

  420. Diana Estes says:

    We set our thermostat at 62, and keep a supply of throws on all the couches. We find that if you’re moving around, 62 is quite doable, and getting cozy in a throw if you are sitting, works well.

    Another thing that helps, is when we are done cooking something in the oven, we leave the oven door open to enjoy the little heat boost while the oven cools.

  421. Robert Cooper says:

    We leave the thermostat set at 18 and wear sweaters as well; we cover our windows with window film. Once we set the thermostat we do not touch it and we also have our furnace cleaned on a regular basis

  422. I most often use my oven to cook supper each evening in the fall & winter. When the food is finished cooking and I have turned off the oven I always leave the oven door open to allow the heat to come out and keep the kitchen very warn while we eat our supper. By doing this I never have to turn on the heat in the kitchen at all. It makes no sense to close the oven door and waste that great heat.

  423. I have a cottage that is well insulated except for windows.
    I tape them with bubblewrap as opposed to 3m weather barrior. Bubble wrap works much better
    and no drafts or cold comes through

  424. Sarah says:

    Weatherproofing your house by sealing off unused doorways and windows that may be letting in a draft with plastic shrink wrap works well.

  425. Lynn Salter says:

    Let the sun shine in! In Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley many cold days are still sunny days. In the mornings I open the blinds to let that sun shine in and warm the house.

  426. Lisa says:

    Instead of turning up the heat in the entire house, we turn on the propane fireplace for a couple of hours in the living room

  427. sandra fullerton says:

    I often unplug house hold appliances that are not being used like the toaster, coffee machine, to save on what they call phantom power. I have changed all of my lights to the lower energy type, and my big saving came when I bought new energy efficient washer and dryer. That is where I save alot on power.

  428. Katy Archambault says:

    New windows and a wood stove have helped keep our propane use down!

  429. Mary Murphy says:

    I have updated my furnace and water heater. It has made a tremendous difference to my hydro bill. Am loving the savings and the evenly heated upstairs and down. Not to mention the quietness. Cannot even hear it when it is running.
    Win Win situation!

  430. Tom says:

    When I take a bath I let the water cool to room temperature before I drain the tub so all the heat energy is left in the house.

  431. Donna McNally says:

    I like to put in a load of laundry later in the evening and put it in the dryer as I am getting ready for bed. In the time that it takes to lock up, shower and watch the news in bed, that load is dry. The electric grids are less busy than in the daytime. I also ensure that I have full loads.

  432. Patty says:

    Blanket your hot water hearter!! It’s amazing how much that saves!

  433. Sarah says:

    Installing programmable thermostats. Our bedroom is toasty warm when we get up in the morning and our main living space is comfortable when we get home. The rest of the time, we save on heating costs by keeping the home cool.

  434. Jo-Ann McCarthy says:

    We turn off our pilot light every spring and save $$ by keeping propane for next year instead of burning it off through the pilot light.

  435. Dianne Lee says:

    After cooking a meal or even making muffins, I leave the oven door open after the items are cooked and the stove it turned off. It is excess heat from the oven and it is FREE heat.

  436. Deidre C. says:

    I take sheets of foamcore or corrugated plastic, cover one side with tinfoil (use spray adhesive), and fit them between the wall and my radiator to reflect the heat back in to the room. Adding a shelf a couple inches above the radiator also helps keep the warm air lower, longer – making the room feel warmer within your living space, instead of warming the room from the ceiling downward.

  437. Linda Duval says:

    I always go around and clean then lock my windows and check them for drafts. I have a digital thermostat and set the temps to 65 when we are home and 60 when we are out or sleeping. Always have your burner serviced and my hot water is set low enough to make the water hot but not overbearing.

  438. Alok says:

    Insulate around the windows

  439. v. utkin says:

    weather seal all windows.

  440. dave says:

    Thermostats. Programmable thermostats–under $30–have saved us hundreds of gallons of propane. Set up what you think is a reasonable regimen of temperatures for weekdays and weekends. Then tweak it. Start heating 15 minutes later and see if anyone notices! Drop a degree for a segment and see how it feels. It’s amazing how much difference it can make.

  441. v. utkin says:

    seal all windows.

  442. Sheila Lilley says:

    Install insulating blinds and draperies for the winter season.

  443. Corey Evitts says:

    buy a wood pellet stove,its great for the enviroment,no dependance on foriegn oil,and i have cut the cost of heating my home in half by switching to wood pellets over propane!I own a second home in massachusetts that i used to spend $1,800 a yr on oil,now with wood pellets its costing me about $800 a year with both wood pellets and oil combined!what a savings!!

  444. Julie says:

    We bought an electronic thermostat that we can set the times we want the heat to come on and the temperature we want. The cost was about $35 but the savings was tremendous. We are gone during the day, so approx 15 min before we leave the house, we have the temperature automatically set to 55 degrees. 30 min before we come home, we have it set to come on and warm up the house to about 64 degrees. When we go to bed, it’s set to go back to 55, and 30 min before we get up, it’s set to go to 64 again. It has a different setting for the weekend, where it just comes on before we get up and goes off when we go to bed. I think we saved like 200 gal a year doing that.

  445. rick medvecky says:

    There is always a draft around the inside windows. Last year I purchased white caulking compound and caulked around the inside of every window thereby eliminating these drafts.

  446. G Hache says:

    Round up both cats and let them out together…. only opens door once for exit, and later once for re-entry.

  447. rick medvecky says:

    We have a garden window in the kitchen. In the winter it’s like the inside of a refrigerator. We bought a piece of plexiglass cut to the dimensions of the window and tape it on the inside, putting all this cold air on the outside.

  448. Jeanette says:

    Timer thermostats!

  449. Sarah S. says:

    I never realized that the best engergy savings I could effect would be the least expensive. When having my annual furnace tuneup the mechanic recommended installing an electronic thermostat. It was not very expensive and took very little time to install. Programming the thermostat was easy to do. I just set the tempature for the few hours in the morning and evening when we were at home and lowered the tempature by six degrees when we are at work or asleep. It even had a “home” button for when you want the higher heat during the day. No more having to remember to turn down the heat or having to turn it up in the morning, the house is already comfortable when I want it. I discovered a bonus the other day when it flashed “filter” as a reminder to change the filter after the furnace had been running for a set number of hours. That will help the system run more efficiently. I have already noticed a change in the amount of fuel being used. The fuel you will save will more than pay for the thermostat in no time! I would recommend that everyone have one installed. Thank you Irving!

  450. Edgar Arsenault says:

    I only turn on the hot water tank 15 minutes before I need a shower and there enough hot water left to wash the dishes.

  451. Natalie Gillard says:

    Make sure all the windows are sealed properly. I thought mine were but when I sealed them last year it saved me money on heat.

  452. Wilfred Jordan says:

    Our best tip is to tighten the attic hatch seal by using a hook and eye fastener and to then seal it with clear caulking.

  453. Pierre Meagher says:

    Don’t thinker with thermostats–set them and leave them!

  454. Pierre Meagher says:

    Don’t thinker with thermostats…set them and leave them…set hot water heaters on 100-120*C
    and leave them alone…shut breaker off when away for any length of time….shut propane heaters
    pilots when away and use a propane fired generator for emergencies of power outages…cheers!

  455. Jack Sullivan says:

    turn down the heat when not at home

  456. Faith Sharpe says:

    We have a few rooms that we don’t use regularly so in the winter we close their doors and put a draft snake along the bottom of the door so we do not heat them. We also put fleece sheets and an extra quilt on the beds so we can turn the heat down in our bedrooms. It saves us quite a bit in our energy bill.

  457. Russell Stairs says:

    make sure you have R20 in your attic and always check for drafts around doors and windows.

  458. George Crawley says:

    I have lowered the temp on my programable thermostat by 1.5C….I found by doing it .5C for a week then .5C for another week …we were able to adjust to the smaller change rather than trying the full amount and the turning up because we felt cold

  459. Keith Mullen says:

    Carefully winterize your house to prevent drafts and heat loss, and turn down your thermostat to maintain a comfortable temperature in the home.

  460. PJCJ says:

    Keep the garage doors closed. If they are not weather stripped, purchase and install weather stripping along edges of the garage opening to seal air from penetrating the area. Can save energy and keep the garage area 4 degrees warme

  461. Dianne says:

    Turn on your electric blanket on before getting into bed for about 15-20 minutes. By doing this your bed is nice and cozy when you are ready and you can turn back your thermostat for the night. After getting into bed you can either turn your electric blanket back or shut it off completely.

  462. Bob Wulpern says:

    Insulate light switch cover plates and outlet cover plates. also if you switch to digital thermostats when possible.

  463. Trisha Clarkin says:

    Using silicone caulking around all windows and doors to improve the airtightness of our home has made it warmer. Also putting installation in the ceiling of the basement made a huge difference.

  464. d.johnston says:

    I have lots of big windows and use heavy drapes in the winter to keep the heat in.

  465. Brian says:

    Buy a programmable thermostat – easy to install and saved me lots of $$$

  466. Richard Toms says:

    Install digital thermostat and program it to keep temperature low overnight.

  467. Doug says:

    We installed a programmable thermostat in our home. When we programmed it, we set the temperature a couple of degrees lower. With the combination of a programmable thermostat and lowering the temperature a couple degrees, we can see a savings.

  468. Air-sealing around all windows, doors, and especially baseboards and casings on exterior walls has made a huge reduction in our heating costs, and it is one of the cheapest home improvements that can be done. All you need is some tubes of caulking (2.99) and a caulking gun!

  469. Nikki says:

    My energy saving tip would have to be for the holidays and that is to put your Christmas tree and outdoor lights this season on a timer, that way when you go to sleep at night you can leave them on for a few hours and they will turn themselves off and not waste you money all night while you sleep. Forgetting to turn them off in the morning or sleeping in can mean even more money being wasted on these lights and decorations. We all want to have beautiful house for the holidays, so lets have one but do it smart.

  470. Cheryl-Ann says:

    Basically I do the routine changing batteries,lightbulbs,foam windows & doors then plastic all windows and doors that are not used. I make sure I use chalk sealer around my light switches, outlets and any door and window frames. I also unplug anything that is not being used people don’t realize it still draws energy!!! We use energy efficient light bulbs and as well if we are not in a room turn everything off. I use a lot of battery operated lights (they look like real candles) ! Maintaing the same temputer of 68 in the day when no one is home and turns to 71 at night. These things that I have listed n have followed for many years now has saved me thousands of dollars. I’m not a home owner I rent so I don’t have the ability to go even further with proper insulation, energy efficient windows & doors I would also install a pellet stove this I am sure would save even more .

  471. Joanne says:

    My best tip is that i only use cold water in the washer. For white clothes, i use 1/2 cup of bleach with my detergent and i let it sit for 1/2 hour. Results are great.

  472. cecelia says:

    every fall i close the attic hatches, and wrap the twirly bird on the roof to keep the heat in.

  473. cindy says:

    What we do to save energy is we have forced hot water so we close the vents enough to let heat into the room but not fully. This is good for rooms like bedroms (they are upstairs and heat rises) and kitchen (always warm enough with lots of cooking and baking). We have 7 people in our home (Nana, Grampa, Mom and Dad and 3 young children). Adjusting the thermostat is not an option as someone is almost always at home. We use less gallons of oil and our house is warm enough.

  474. eric says:

    have your furnace checked before every heating season

  475. In any age home the best thing to do is to stay natural. Let the heat in, and don’t let it back out. Use caulking to seal all the leaks you can find (don’t forget along your baseboards in older homes!!), and then open all your curtains to let the sun shine in. If you doubt the power of the sun, just put your arm in the rays that come in and see the heat first hand (literally!!).
    Now…enjoy the lower energy usage from your other heating sources.

  476. Linda says:

    Use your clothes dryer less when you can dry laundry outside on nice days.

  477. Bev Warren says:

    I have a note posted at the at the door to remind me to turn down the thermostat when leaving the house for extended periods.

  478. Justin Muttart says:

    My best enery saving tip is, make sure you have programmable theromstats throughout your house set to a comfortable setting when your home and lower when your not.

  479. Michael says:

    Set thermometer back to lower setting when going away and at night time. The cost of heating is reduced substantially.

  480. Bill Mackendrick says:

    My name is Bill and i live with my wife in Cape Wolfe, PEI Our favourite energy saving tip is ensuring that our oil fired hot water heater is shut off when not in use. My wife and I turn the water on at 5PM when we come home from work and do anything that requires hot water usage before 10PM that evening. At this time the water is turned off until the following evening. There is still enough hot water the following morning for a quick shower.

  481. carolyn says:

    Turn your thermostat down, at bedtime. You can put an extra blanket on your bed or curl up with warm jammies. It is a known fact that we sleep better with cooler air, and it also lets your skin recoup from the hot dry air, from your heat running all day.

  482. Wendy French says:

    Our old draft windows with rotting sashes were drafty and an eye sore. Even thought they were double paned the vacuum was broken between the glass and they were all foggy between the panes, where you could not clean them. A few years ago we replaced all of our old drafty windows, rotted sashes and old doors with new construction vinyl windows with low e glass and new insulated doors. What a difference it made in heating the house in winter and cooling the house in summer. No more cold drafts in the winter and the sun can be shining bright through the windows in summer now without making the house an oven. This was the best investment we ever made.

  483. Lisa Cozad says:

    We replaced our windows with double pane low E glass we used window world
    &got a very fair price. This saved us 30% on our heating bill

  484. Mark Rabau says:

    Make sure windows are closed tight and locked to keep heat from escaping.

  485. Ryan Braze says:

    Programmable thermostats are an energy saver! You can set these to lower temps while you are away or asleep and for more comfortable temps when the family is home. Even a few degrees can make a difference.

    These devices are available at any home improvement store. Many are priced from $25 to $50. A small price if they save you up to 33% in heating costs (as they claim… but only if you use as instructed).

  486. I always inclose my inside windows with a vaper barrer this helps reduce the wind blow by. Darlene.

  487. mike haskell says:

    we set your themostat at 67 and use extra banlet on the bed and make sure
    we have the humilifer on, we use less hot water to wash dish and clothes

  488. Martin Somers says:

    Compact fluorescent light bulbs and energy star appliances.

  489. wes macewen says:

    Add more insulation to attic.

  490. lee says:

    dry the clothes by putting them on a drying rack over the forced hot air exchange. They dry quicker than they would in the dryer.

  491. Donald Dubreuil says:

    I use timers to control when the heat goes on and off overnight.

  492. Choosing the right replacement window will save alot of money in the long run. Do your homework and pay the extra money as an investment for years of savings in heating costs.

  493. Kathleen says:

    Turn down the thermostat and wear a sweater and slippers at home. Then turn the heat down about 5 degrees when you are at work or more if you are leaving town for a few days.

  494. Jana says:

    Turning down the heat in the night time or when we leave the house saves energy for sure!

  495. 99bonk says:

    Wear winter underwear (like for hunting or skiing) and keep your thermostat turned down to 60 degrees.

  496. Jim Scanlan says:

    Using a set back termometer can save you real dollars

  497. Jeanne says:

    I have bubblewrap hanging down from the shelves in my fridge and freezer. (like grocerystores sometimes use plastic panels). When I open the door I just reach behind the sheet to grab what I need and the cold air doesn’t escape from the fridge. This particularly useful when we’ve lost power. If I do have to open the door, again I haven’t let all of the cold air out. Yes, it looks silly, but it works. And if anyone sees it, its a conversation starter!

  498. Charon Pinard says:

    Burning wood instead of propane. We burn more calories, too!! Also, remembering to do the little things, unplugging items when not using them, turning down the temp and putting on a sweater, caulking those little drafty areas. It all adds up to savings both in the wallet and in the use of energy.

  499. Brenda says:

    Sealed doors and windows,insulated cellar walls,and closets on outside walls of house.

  500. EVA DOUTHWRIGHT says:


  501. Ken Grillot says:

    Having a programable thermostat has saved me between 10 and 15 percent on my fuel bills. The temperature does not fluctuate when set. I also do not go above 68 degrees, plenty comfortable.

  502. Jacques Deschenes says:

    Stop all drafts and keep your thermostat set to 20 and leave it there.

  503. Gordon MacDonald says:

    I wrap hot-water pipes with insulation.

  504. mildred says:

    my gold to as energy is to keep blinds closed at night to keep cold out side ,,open blinds in day time to let heat in from the sun ,,keep doors and windows closed tightly ,,and keep my furnace at one setting ,,not up and down ,,and when heat is not needed I turn off my power switches so no power is being used ,,an peeny saved and also enery saved ,,

  505. Matt says:

    Energy tip: When everyone is done using the hot water for the day, we go downstairs and turn off a valve, that way throughout the day when nobody is home the furnace does not kick on to heat unneeded hot water.

  506. Sandra says:

    I think the most important thing you can do to save energy is to go around the house and unplug all cords attached to electrical appliances or gadgets that have a draw on power even when not used, anything with a digital clock like a DVD player or surround sound system. Even my bathtub, which is a jacuuzzi air tub has a face panel that lights up 24/7. It is now unplugged from the wall outlet to save power.

  507. kim says:

    In the summer when I am only using my hot water to shower and do dishes I shut my furnace off until I need hot water. That way my oil burner isnt heating up water all day that isnt going to be needed .

  508. Hugh R. Diggins Sr. says:

    My favorite and probably most cost saving energy tip is simple. Set the thermostat at 65 instead of 68 or higher. Wearing a sweater will make up for the 3 degree difference.

  509. Judy says:

    make sure all doors and windows are well sealed from the cold

  510. Annie says:

    The best way to be energy efficient when heating with oil in the winter is to actually use your thermostat! Set it to the temperature you want when you are home and lower it when you are not or when you go out. Also lower it when you are sleeping. If you have an electronic thermostat, program it for wake time, leave time, home time and sleep time! This has helped our family save on oil and the electricity the furnace uses to run!

  511. Allan Berggren says:

    We don’t use our clothes dryer much anymore, because we hang clothes outside nine months of the year, and hang them in our basement in winter.

    But when we use our electric dryer, we vent it inside as follows:

    NOTE: Never vent a gas dryer inside, because the outflow contains traces of carbon monoxide, and because it is a fire hazard

    We route the flexible outflow metal tubing over the top of the dryer and fasten a pantyhose over it, where we can see it, because the screen in the machine doesn’t catch all the lint fibers. We clean the pantyhose twice a year when it contains a palpable amount of lint.

    We never use the highes setting on the dryer. It is a fire hazard, and wastes energy and destroys elastic in waistbands and stockings.

  512. Susan Campbell says:

    We installed cellular blinds on all our windows. We shut them down on cloudy days and at night in winter. In the summer we shut them down during the day. Our home stays warmer in winter, cooler in summer and keeps our fuel consumption down.

  513. Gail Pilgrim says:

    We installed a ductless heat pump. Big energy savings

  514. jean cayer says:

    I shrinkwrap plastic all my windows in the fall and it really helps.no drafts.no condensation on the inside.:)

  515. Richard says:

    Keep your thermostat down to 63 and turn it down at night when you go to bed to 60. Put on a extra sweater and a extra blanket on your bed. It does save.

  516. Dan says:

    My best saving tip is put the thermostat down to the lowest tempature you can tolerate and leave it there. I set mine at 60 degrees. Then wrap yourself in a blanket or snuggie or fuzzy wuzzy and relax.

  517. rick lennon says:

    wear a second layer of clothing around the top half of my body.

  518. Jan McMahon says:

    We turn down the thermastat at night to 60.
    During the day when no one is home we leave it at 60 and turn it up to 65 when we are home.
    We wear more sweaters and sweatshirts at home. Sometimes when we go to bed we wear socks. Cats and dogs have lots of heat and I love snuggling with them.

  519. Jim Mulligan says:

    I use programmable thermostats to manage household temperature when no one is home.

  520. sydnee boucher says:

    Insulated drapes, closing in my front porch to make a barrier. It creates a mud room and blocks cold air from streaming into the house as soon as the door is opened.

  521. william nichols says:

    close blinds or drapes to insulate window transfer of heat!!

  522. Ken says:

    Install a timer on your electric hot water tank power feed to only come on say 2 hours befor you get up for work and off when you go to work then back on again 2 hours befor you get home from work. When the kids are all done ther baths and the supper dishes are done have it shut off ,say 9:00pm. Your hot water tank elements heat the top portion of your tank then the bottom continuously to provide hot water (even when it’s not being used) but the tank will maintain warm water for a long time when not on (easy to heat up). Wrap your tank in a thermal blanket also for extra savings. Timmers can be bought at any hardware store. This will save you hundreds of dollars a year.

  523. Kathy Callahan says:

    I use automatic thermostats in various sections of the house, e.g. my bedroom. I set on – off temperatures so heat comes up before I will need to be in the room. My bedroom heat comes up a half hour before I get up and then goes down to 62 degrees for the day. It comes back up to 68 degrees a half hour before I go to bed and then an hour later it goes back to 62 degrees for the night.

  524. kevin says:

    One thing I do when I know the overnight weather is going to be 40-50 degrees is to turn on the heater for an hour or two before bedtime and then shut it off for the night.

  525. Jennifer Jones says:

    Snuggling under blankets with my kids and watching a movie together! Great way to keep the thermostat down and stay warm!

  526. Patti Buscemi says:

    I keep my thermost turned down to under 70 degrees, and just cover up with an throw when watching tv.

  527. Andrea Mills says:

    Cut your own wood. Get enough to be a year ahead. Use a wood stove.

  528. Heather Reed says:

    As a new home owner I look for all kinds of energy saving opportunities. One of the first things I did was install programmable thermostats! Having cozy blankets available in all the favourite hang out spots in the house helps too. And I make use of south facing windows by keeping curtains open during the day to warm the house, and close the curtains at night to keep the warmth in!

  529. john says:

    …Unplug all device chargers when not actually connected to device for charging….

  530. Nancy Canepa says:

    We turn down the temperature of the hot water until it is just hot enough for bathing. This has made a difference in heating consumption!

  531. Julie says:

    When the temperature outside is cold, leave your auxilary fan on on your furnace to circulate the air inside your home. This keeps a more even temperature in your home and your furnace turns on less frequently because of this.

  532. Frances Chiasson says:

    In our home, not only do we turn the thermostats down at night to conserve energy but we keep the doors of infrequently used rooms, like guest bedrooms and laundry room, shut when not in use with the thermostats turned down. We also open drapes to let the sunshine warm the house during the day (and keep them shut in summer so the air conditioner doesn’t have to work so hard!)

  533. david lariviere says:

    block all door drafts and windows

  534. Deanne says:

    Turn off your bathroom and kitchen ventilating fans when you are finished using them. Leaving the fans on longer than needed in the cold winter months can suck out all of your precious warm air!

    Bedford, Nova Scotia

  535. John Peverill says:

    Wear sweaters around the house and keep thermostats down to around 16 deg most of the time.

  536. Michele says:

    Installed a programmable thermostat for our furnace. We now can lower the thermostat at night and during the day when we are not there.

  537. Michael says:

    Use a programable thermostat that turns the heat down (or even off while you are out of the house, than wear your snomobile outfit or a Down jacket and winter gloves in the house until your house rewarms….

  538. My family room and a couple bedrooms are downstairs, family room has a gas fired stove which looks like a warm woodburning stove. I keep it at 55 degrees unless I have company and then I turn the thermostat on it up a bit warmer. All are toasty warm and happy.

  539. Trevor Melski says:

    Use energy star compliant appliances and electronics. That is a great start. There are also “smart” power bars and outlets that will detect when a device is not being used and cut the flow of electricity. Even when your devices are off they are still using power.

  540. William Bennett says:

    I have no tips except to just dress a little warmer so you do not get cold as easily in your home.

  541. Joe says:

    Make the most of meal planning by using the oven to cook more than one item. Preparing food you can eat later and heat up in the microwave.

  542. Brenda says:

    I turn the heat down at night so the house is cold in the morning. Instead of turning the furnace on and heating the whole house before I go to work, I put a small ceramic heater in the bathroom so I only heat that room while I shower and dress.

  543. Gilbert Lagace says:

    We have a programmable thermostat so we set it at 20 from 7:00 am to 11:00 pm (we’re retired)
    and 17 from 11:00pm to 7:00am. Also, when we go away for a few days, we set it at 12.

  544. Kim says:

    Turn down the heat!

  545. Andy says:

    Don’t let the Cold Air into Your Home
    Make the Home as Air Tight as Possible
    Energy Windows ~Insulate all Drafts
    Enclosed Breeze Way is Super Investment
    Hot Water Storage Tank added to Your System is a Big Savings and will Pay for itself in no time
    A Fine Tuned Oil or Gas Heating System saves Big Dollars in Fuel Cost

  546. Maggie Pitts says:

    Set your heat on a timer so that your home will be toasty when you wake up, and when you come home in the evening. The settings will help you conserve energy and save money because your heat won’t be on unnecessarily while you’re out of your house!

  547. Cheryl says:

    I unplug my microwave when not in use.

  548. close all doors to unused rooms and turn off heaters or air vents. Never heat unused rooms.

  549. Phil says:

    Change your old thermostats to the newest programable style that you can control the heat when and what tempeture is well suited and cost affective.

  550. Insulate attic and basement;
    Rope caulk storms/windows,also in basement.
    Set furnace at 58-60 at night, and at 62º during day;
    Wear comfortable warm clothing indoors.
    Close curtains at night, open during day, fully exploit western/southern passive solar.

  551. Carrie Pauliukonis says:

    In our 1790’s Cape Cod home we seal our doors, plastic seal our windows & insulate our outlets & switches. We also conserve by turning our thermostat down to 56 degrees when when we leave for work & when going to bed at night it’s turned down to 60-62. By supplementing with woodstove heat we save a lot in heating oil too.

  552. richard daesen says:

    Close the miniblinds/shades in the eve, then open them all the way during daylight,letting the sun help heat the house.

  553. Marilyn says:

    Keep thermostat 1 degree lower than you think you need it>

  554. Richard Adams says:

    All hydronic systems, new or old can be more efficient with an outdoor control sensor that will modulate the boilers operating temperature based on outside Temps. Almost all older systems work on a fixed high limit water temperature around 190 degrees F, but there are several days during the season when 140 degree water will heat your home and save money.

    Several companies make controls that are easy to install and they are not expensive.

  555. Lynn says:

    Using a digital thermostat and setting the temperature low during sleep times and when at work.

  556. Gail Menard says:

    Unplug as many electrical items as possible. Many have a slight drain even when they appear to be off

  557. Put up an indoor clothesline in your furnace room and let the heat off your furnace air dry your clothes instead of using the dryer. Most clothes dry overnight on the line

  558. Carol Weingeist says:

    I have installed about 99 % flourecent light bulbs in my house and it is hugely noticeable on my electric bill. In addition, I try to use dishwasher once a week at night and use washer and dryer only in the evenings or weekends to utilize off peak hours. I usually hang clothes to dry after fluffig them in the dryer to save on electricity. I also use a crank/solar radio to listen most of the time and I unplug gadgets like the microwave and plug in only when I am going to use them- then unplug again after use.

  559. Pat says:

    Turning down the heat when we go to bed. We turn it down to sixty. We love a cool house when we are sleeping.

  560. Dorothy Gilbert says:

    We have a 7-day programmable themostat which allows us to the heat level ideal for different times of the day and for different days.

  561. Steve Whalen says:

    When finished using a burner on the stove, I put a pan of water on to absorb the heat from the burner and add a little moisture to the dry winter air.

  562. Steven Allan says:

    If you have recessed skylights and recessed lighting you should use shrinkable plastic sheeting over the openings in your ceiling. This will prevent heat loss through the glass in the skylight and also keep ice from forming on the roof that causes ice dams. If you use the plastic shrink wrap to seal the recessed lighting be sure to remove those bulbs for the winter to prevent the wrap from the extreme heat produced by the bulbs. I see significant savings on heat using this trick and it really helps to keep your roof cold so ice will not form as easily!

  563. Mike O'Sullivan says:

    When you leave home, don’t turn down your thermostat because it will take longer for your home to heat up again due to the flucuation in the temperature. Keep it set at one temperature and leave it.

  564. Install electric ceiling fans in all major living areas to direct warm air downward in colder seasons.

  565. Roxy Peterson says:

    Curtains open on South facing windows on a Sunny day will help warmth in winter.

  566. Rick says:

    one energy saving tip I recently learned about is to unplug all appliances and anything in the outlets while not being used. Even though nothing is being used, there is stil extra energy being wasted.

  567. Karen C says:

    Keep cozy socks and slippers to slip your feet into after you take off your boots. Also keep a soft sweatshirt and fuzzy fleece throw to wrap in when sitting down to watch TV or read a book.

  568. J Jones says:

    Leave the bath water until it cools. You bathroom will be comfy, and you add humidity to the dry winter air.

  569. Robert Warren says:

    We always turn down the thermostat before we go to bed and also if we are going to be away for awhile. It doesn’t take long to heat up again when you have a forced hot air furnace and saves us lots of oil and money!

  570. Kristy says:

    I use cold water to rinse my dishes and to wash my hands instead of hot, which doesn’t use propane and thus, saves money!

  571. Mike says:

    Use a pellet stove in the basement to heat your house!

  572. Barbi Jollota says:

    I buy a warm pair of fuzzy slippers, and a beautiful warm wool sweater…I place styrofoam sheets in front of drafty areas if I can’t caulk or silicone them, and I keep the heat programmed at a low temp…if it gets chilly, my slippers and sweater keep me warm. The plastic sheets for windows really keep out the cold as well! Thank you.

  573. Adam Pearce says:

    Turn down the thermostat and put on a sweater!

  574. Michael M. Ransmeier says:

    My house has radiant heat, including in the carpeted floor of my walk-in closet. After I run my clothes through the washing machine, instead of using the drier I spread the clothes out on the floor of the closet, and the heat coming up through the carpet usually dries them nicely within a few hours.

  575. Bruce Terkelsen says:

    Use automatic clock controlled set-back thermostats. Turn heat down in unoccupied rooms or sections of the building.

  576. Bruce Terkelsen says:

    Use automatic clock controlled set-back thermostats. Turn heat down in unoccupied rooms or sections of the building.

  577. Peter says:

    We take shorter showers during the winter, turn the heat down before bed time and cover the inside of the windows with plastic to keep out drafts.

  578. Andrea C. says:

    Hello! We just installed permanent weather stripping around our windows and doors to seal in heat and keep out chilly gusts. You can buy about 15 feet of weather stripping for less than $10 — This is supposedly saving us up to 15 percent in heating and cooling costs. We turn our heat down when we leave for the day and I can absolutely notice the difference when I come home from work now!

  579. jan walsh grande says:

    Turn the heat down to 62 before bed and then 60 when out for the day during work hours.

  580. Steve says:

    Insulate, seal all air leaks, use an energy efficient wood stove and make sure your primary heating system is well maintained and efficient.

  581. Dennis Williams says:

    I disconnected ALL of my electric baseboard heating units and electric unit circuit breakers (4 – 220 amp breakers) which immedately saved me $800 per mo electric heating bill. I then installed a Renai 1200 LP heating unit in the center of the finished lower level (split entry) and cut 6 strategically located floor vent units in the ceility to the 5 upper rooms. Convection took care of the rest with a circular 8 flow in the 4 lower rooms convecting up through the floor vents to the upper level. Recycled cold air then drops down throught open split foyer to then be reheated and recycled to the upper lever. One Rennai heater (3ft W x 2.5ft H x 1ft D) heats all 9 rooms for the entire winter.

    I then removed the electric hot water tank and installed a Bosch on demand LP gas water heater which immeditely saved my $90 per mo in electric bills. Total current cost per month for LP Water heat and regular convection heat is now $297 per mo – savings of about $600 per month that I was paying 6 years ago.

  582. The Crocker Family says:

    We have installed r-value drop-down waffle type window shades. We use them to keep the house warm during the dark hours, and raise them during the sunny hours to take advantage of soloar gain. Much more effective than insulated curtains. We’ve also lowered the (programmable) thermostat down 2 degrees this year, and sleep with down comforters.

  583. Tina Hoyt says:

    Change your summer sheers with thicker curtains. Close the curtains to keep the heat in. It does make a difference.

  584. Lesley McCreedy says:

    Using a programmable thermostat.

  585. c. maclean says:

    hang laundry outside whenever possible for great energy savings.

  586. Jani Dufton says:

    One of my best tips is for the summer which can also be an energy drain due to using air conditioning. Many people don’t know how simple it is to keep your house cool by drawing the curtains of the windows where the sun is shining. As the sun moves, you open those curtains and windows and close the next ones. A breeze can also be kept cool by keeping the curtains closed and opening the windows.

  587. Terry Aulenbach says:

    Curl up on the couch with your better half and a blanket in the evening and turn down the heat a little earlier.

  588. Mike says:

    In an older home, there are often cracks and crevices outside the structure that can be filled with rope caulking or cans of expanding spray insulation. Sometimes the cracks between the foundation and the siding and also around the window frames, (even if newer windows have been installed), may allow cold air inside the house. The Fall is a good time to work on this before it becomes too cold to work outside.

  589. turning down the hear to 16 at night and putting an extra blanket on the bed .

  590. Heather says:

    We love our new electronic thermostat! The temp is set a few degrees higher for our
    Morning wake up, goes back down during the day while the house is empty, up a few degrees for after work/school, Then down again for sleeping. Without ever touching a dial,
    Button or having to remember. Best energy saver we have installed our home
    For so little money!

  591. Nicole says:

    to save energy in our home, we caulk all the windows, seal windows with plastic shrink wrap energy saver kits, shut doors to rooms we seldom use, heat only the rooms we often use, cook in toaster ovens instead of full ovens, use energy saver light bulbs in all our sockets, turn oil heat down during the day while at work and completely off when we go away for the weekend, only run the dishwasher when we have a huuuuge load of dishes, otherwise it’s the sink….we do laundry in ONLY cold water, and try to do laundry late at night when energy is a bit cheaper,…leave curtains open on sunny days to heat the house for free, and unplug any appliances that aren’t in use (except washer/dryer and refrigerator) to stop “ghost energy draw”……we seriously try hard, and would love a break on oil/propane if we were lucky enough to be picked………..


  592. Don says:

    Living in an older house, I know whereof I speak ! Make sure that ALL the little cracks and openings are sealed or caulked so there are no draughts in your building. Exterior windows and doors are quite obvious but there are lots of other spots that can be draughty; around pipes and wiring entering the building, around electrical outlets in the walls, basement/cellar and attic access doors, etc. This makes a tremendous difference for both retaining heat in the winter and in keeping it cooler in the summer !

  593. Steven Dery says:

    My water heater costs me a lot in electicity. I found I can save quite a bit of money by turning the water temp down. Theres a little temp dial under a smal panell that can easily be removed. Another great way I found to save money is to use power strips for all my electronics, that I can switch off when I leave the house. A lot of electronics continue to draw power even when tuned off, so the strip solves that problem.

  594. Ruben Zaiotti says:

    Install insulating curtains on all windows

  595. Harold Little says:

    Set the thermostat at 55f, long underwear, heavy track suit, gloves and an electric lap blanket. Use the hood when your ears and nose get cold.

  596. Al says:

    We insulate and board up the overhead door on the garage under. This saves the basement from becoming cold and helps keep th floors above warmer.

  597. Stephen Morrison says:

    I set only the programmable thermostats in the rooms I use everyday to follow a programmed schedule. All others I turn on and off manually, so oil use is reduced.

  598. Bill Jacobs says:

    Install a programmable thermostat.

  599. Jim says:

    Change your hot water tank to a tankless hot water system, and save a bundle in heating costs, you only heat what you use, no more.

  600. Elizabeth says:

    Check your home for drafts and seal them off. It doesn’t take long to do and can save you a bundle!

  601. Nancy says:

    Make sure your furnace is serviced annually by an authorized service technician to keep it running at peak performance!

  602. Floyd Whittle says:

    Have furnace serviced yearly

  603. Emma Dann says:

    Opening the window coverings to let the sunshine in during the day, but close them at dark to keep the heat in.

  604. Kim Bond says:

    My favorite energy saving tips are
    replacing all my light bulbs with energy savers
    wrapping my hot water tank with a blanket.
    Every year I also make sure all the calking on my windows is new and weather proof.

    I also keep my furnace on 17 when home and turn it down when I’m out for the day.


  605. Floyd Whittle says:

    Insulate heat system pipes

  606. Janice Sheen says:

    I use sun’s energy when shining to dry my laundry on my clothesline, after washing them in cold water…clothes smell great, the sun brightens the whites, and I’m using free energy to accomplish this!

  607. Frank Dunham says:

    Turn the thermostat down 5 degrees when:

    – leaving the house for more than 1 hour

    – going to bed for the night

  608. john says:

    Install a programable themostat

  609. Floyd Whittle says:

    Set hot water to 120degrees

  610. Floyd Whittle says:

    Setback thermostat to lower temperature when family is usually not home or asleep.

  611. Terry Callum says:

    Have your boiler or furnace serviced to make sure is running well!

  612. Danielle Mackley says:

    I turn down my heat at night and have changed my light bulbs to energy saving bulbs.

  613. Stephanie says:

    We put plastic on our windows and are leaving out the heat on low

  614. Faye Blenkhorne says:

    I turn my thermostat down 2-4 degrees at bedtime or when I go out for 1/2 day or more.

  615. Turning the heat down during the day – while you’re at work – is a great way to save energy AND money. Why keep the house warm & toasty for the 8-10 hours no one is there? There are two ways to do this: 1) lower the temp to say, 61 degrees or so, before you leave in the morning, then raise it to a comfortable level when you get home; or 2) use a programmable thermostat to change it for you – that way you never forget, plus the heat can begin warming up and hour before you get home, which means you don’t have to walk into a chilly house!

  616. Marianne Munjone says:

    Great saving idea is to use a deumidifier to take out the damp air. I place the deumidifier on the first floor with a low setting which goes on when the air is damp. I set the heat at 63 degrees and the two work together which in turn will make the house a comfortable 68 to 70 degrees. This idea is great for homes that are surrounded by many woods, which does not allow the sun to help with heating. Another way is I installed screen doors which are made of medal and will soak up the sun. I open the wooden doors and this allows the sun to come in through the screen doors. This helps to keep the house warm during the day.

  617. Rosemary says:

    My best energy saving tip is to keep your thermostat at a constant temperature. If you like your home to be relatively cool, set the thermostat at about 18 and leave it there. If you want a warmer home, set it at 23-24 and leave it there. Even if you are away for the day, leave the temperature setting the same. It costs more to reheat, than to keep a constant heat.

  618. lev@macleod says:

    when your not home turn your furance way down and the same when you go to bed.

  619. Mrs. Austin says:

    my best tip to saving energy is to keep you thermastat on an automatic setting so that it will be turned down low while you are gone from home and keep it at a certain temp when you are home!! Plus if you have young children at home, teach how valueable it is to save energy!! My son tells me to make sure the “tempy” is down before we leave for the day! Children are the future but they can change our life in the present also!!

  620. Jeffri-Ann says:

    using energy efficient lightbulbs and appliances

  621. s bernadino says:

    turn off water when brushing teeth, lower hot water temp to 125 degrees.lower temp at hight an use extra blankets, don,t run dishwasher untill full, sane with clothes washer, use cold water

  622. Laird says:

    I lower the thermostat 15 degrees when we go to bed and when we are away from home for more than 3 hours.

  623. Michele says:

    Open all the blinds, curtains and drapes on a sunny day to let in the sunshine and warmth. Close everything down when dark outside to keep the solar benefits inside the house.

  624. George says:

    When leaving your home for an extended period of time set your thermostat to the lower temperature and place it on hold. This will maintain the lower temperature until reset.

  625. Sandra says:

    Since heat rises and my bedrooms are upstairs, I do not heat the bedrooms. It is healthier to sleep without the heat and it is not cold and blankets keep the bed warm. This way you don’t wake up all stuffed up from the heated room.

  626. Elizabeth says:

    We have added to our insulation in the attic.

  627. Mario says:

    Install a programmable thermostat.


  628. Sheila says:

    Make sure all window are locked shut. You would be surprised how much heat can leak out through unlocked windows!

  629. lee krohn says:

    some of the best tips are the easiest and least expensive ones to do: close the outside door promptly in winter (don’t stand in the doorway having conversations with the door wide open…); keep the heat at reasonable levels; use a programmable thermostat to make it easy and automatic to adjust for typical daytime/evening/weekend living patterns; seal holes and cracks; have your furnace tuned; cover windows at night. attend a local “button up” workshop in vermont to learn more!

  630. shirley says:

    Have your equipment cleaned and serviced at least once a year to ensure everything is in good repair and safe. (A service plan is a great idea as you know the person representing Irving is well qualified and reliable )

  631. BJ says:

    Our best energy saving tip this winter is putting in our wood stove. We still use our oil stove on those cold mornings when we have not started our stove up and so grateful to have the oil stove. The wood stove is really toasty warm and our family loves it.

  632. Elaine says:

    Dap Seal n peel removeable weatherstip caulk (clear) seals those hard to seal places indoor and out comes in vanilla scent. since it is a clauk you can apply to those uneven areas thicker to thinner as needed. works great!

  633. David barretto says:

    Close the upstairs bedroom doors

  634. Katie says:

    The most efficient way to save energy this winter is to make sure there is no drafts coming from windows or doors. Keep your heat at one setting and switch your thermostat to a programmable one if possible.

  635. Janet says:

    My best energy saving tip is to make sure that you have good sunlight that helps warm the room and when not as sunny use insulated curtains that keep the heat in and prevents drafts. Make sure all doors and windows are sealed tight. Pets are a great source of heat. My daughter sleeps with our dog and the body heat is a natural source of heat and comfort just as long the dog isn’t too big and a bed hog.

  636. Alicia says:

    In our home we make sure to shut down and unplug the computer when it is not being used!

  637. It seems so many people in New England try to be the last person to turn their heat on.It becomes a conversation during break time at work or over a cup of coffee with friends. I dont believe we should be cold so when I need heat I just turn the heat on. However I also run my humidifier to warm the air so I can allow my thermostat to be lower. A humidifier uses just plain tap water. A humidifier is a cost saver because you dont use as much oil heat to warm the house .

  638. Beltramini says:

    I turn off my computer when it is not in use. I only turn on the modem for my DSL when I use the computer, then turn it off again. I try to save energy this way.

  639. David May says:

    During the day, open your blinds to let the sun in and heat the house naturally. It works very well with a southern exposure.

  640. Shirley McNally says:

    Save energy by using the microwave for much of the cooking, instead of the electric range.

  641. Diane Keith says:

    Our favorite saving tip is replace old windows if possible with energy star windows. We have seen a reduction in our heating cost since we replace ours.

  642. Hannah Draper says:

    I think that the best way to stay warm and save energy is to move to Barbados!! Keeping warm is never a problem there! 🙂 It is always great to dream………..

  643. Shirley McNally says:

    I save a lot of energy by using my microwave for much of my cooking.

  644. Joyce L says:

    When I leave the house, I turn off the power at the electrical box to the electric hot water heater and to the well pump. The first person home int he afternoon turns the fuses back on.

  645. Carl Akin says:

    Caulking the cellar windows , and covering the bulkhead door with installation . Carl

  646. Debbie says:

    Digital Thermostats that are time regulated.

  647. john herper says:

    Don’t heat your greenhouse (on some homes also called a Conservatory). The sun alone keeps them in the 60s during the day in the fall and spring. Generally they only dip into the low 50s at night. New Hampshire native plants can tolerate this range. Plant new seeds according to the schedule for a cold frame.

  648. Rodger Smith says:

    Keep room temperatures in rooms you are not using on low, this will definately cut down on your energy cost.

  649. If you don’t use certain rooms in your home, close the heat ducts and doors to that room – you will have to heat less space and save oil.

  650. keep your thermostat set at 60 degrees

  651. seal all windows and doors and automate your thermostat

  652. Martin Rigoulot says:

    Keep the snow and ice off the propane tank as it will make more gas that way. Also get a set back thmostat installed as it will save you plenty of money on heating bills.

  653. ROBERT GILDEN says:

    Make sure house is properly insulated. I bought a new house which was not properly insulated Once it was properly insulated, I saved about 35% on my fuel bills.

  654. Chris Bober says:

    Our tip from Deering NH is too set programmable thermostats so that the heat comes up in the early morning and evening and stays between 60-64 during the day… We heat with wood also, burning 2-3 cords a season so we light fires from October through May to keep the chill off and light the woodstove in the basement as well in the cold months. Keeps the house warm and toasty and saves a few bucks too! Keeps our oil use down…

  655. Tim Savinsky says:

    been trying to switch since august had a site visit been waiting sent many email nothing yet

  656. D. Schell says:

    ALWAYS move you thermostats to 55 degrees when leaving the house for more than a day

    Make sure to have your windows on the east side uncovered in the morning.

  657. Kenny Zinck says:

    My best energy saving tip is to have your forced air furnace cleaned regularly and have all joints in the duct work checked for leaks and sealed with sealant or tape, this alone could save up to 30% in air distribution losses and make your home much warmer while burning less heating oil.

  658. joy goudge says:

    Energy saving tip; If you have a fireplace that is no longer in use, put fibreglass or equivalent up the flue to prevent escape of heated air. Joy Goudge

  659. Mike says:

    Get a programable thermostat. We bought cheap ones 6 years ago, and they are still working great today. We have them set for 55-60 when we are not here and then they go up to 70 1/2 hour before we get home. Our house is always comfortable when we are here, and we are not wasting money at night or whenweare at work. I think that we conservativley save 30% per year.

  660. JR says:

    Have the annual check-up of the furnace by professionals (Like Irving Co)

  661. Becky McAllister says:

    More insulation, lower thermostat setting

  662. joy goudge says:

    Energy saving tips; Keep your oil fired water heater at no more than 125F.
    Check all outside electrical wall outlets to make sure there is adequate insulation behind them.
    Set your thermostat to go down at night automatically.
    Check caulking around all windows.
    Check seals on all outside doors and replace seals if loose or decaying.

  663. BJ says:

    Our favorite energy saving tip is to always turn off lights and TVs when they are not in use. We also own only the super long lasting energy saving light bulbs (which may cost a little moe but they really do last forever, been in my house for 3 years and havn’t replaced one yet).

  664. Our best fuel saving practice which never affects anyone in the house is to turn down the thermostat before bedtime……..The first one in the morning turns it back up to comfortable…

  665. Marsha says:

    I try to reduce energy by hand drying dishes instead of going through the heated cycle. I try to get my 3 year old to help out by drying the plastics.

  666. Deb Edwards says:

    Simple basics,….heat down in the day, when you’re out at work…..heat down thru the night while you’re asleep……no need for excessively long showers….common sense actually.

  667. Patrick Gillick says:

    We use a automatic thermostat

  668. Kathy Peardon says:

    When my boyfriend and I moved into our first house, we had not anticipated that heating a house would be so costly. We would very quickly figure this out. Some of the things we do to save energy are turning down/off the heat when we go to bed or leave the house and we had energy efficient windows installed in the house when we moved in. We are currently looking into an electric hot water heater versus the oil hot water heater we have now.

  669. Darcee says:

    We all know money has gotten tighter so to try and stretch my budget, I always make an effort to unplug things that aren’t being used (coffee maker, hair dryer) Turn off lights when I’m not in the room and always make sure to weather proof the house every fall, caulk around the windows, and weather strip the doors.

  670. Stephanie says:

    I have been hearing the oil furnace kick on what seems like continuously since turning it on in early October! I was going to blow through my 600 gallons of prebuy before December at this rate. Just last week I had a company come out to give me an idea about insulating my home better. Found out I had BARELY 6 inches of insulation in my attic!! I immediately had them blow in over a foot of fiberglass insulation bringing my R-value in the attic to nearly 60. Since that day I have only heard the furnace kick on 2-3 times all day!!! BEST money spent EVER!

  671. Sheila says:

    Biggest energy saver – the off button ! Our computer gets shut down completely every night and the kids are reminded to shut the lights and TV off everytime they leave a room.

    Also had an efficiency test done, replaced the windows and the re-test showed we are 50 percent more efficient. but our heating bill substantially even the first year!

  672. Robert Pelletier says:

    Covering loft spaces and bulkheads to conserver heat.

  673. lynne says:

    Keep you systems clean and repaired.

  674. Cody Waye says:

    Turning down the thermostat during the day, as is gets warmer outside.
    Get your furnace cleaned every year to reduce dirt build-up and to help maintain the effiency of the furnace.

  675. eric says:

    Install programable thermastats!!

  676. William F Carney says:

    I have installed hollow cored blinds in all my windows I notice the differance with the cold they block out. When you raise the blinds in the A.M. to let the sun in you feel the cold from the windows that they were blocking out all night.

  677. Chris Hopkin says:

    Clean the coils on yor fridge

  678. Joanne says:

    Turn down thermostats when the house is empty for the day.

  679. Steve Trage says:

    After baking or broiling foods, I turn off the oven and open the door to take advantage of the remaining heat inside.

  680. Sandra says:

    My favourite energy saving tip is LED light bulbs – much better for the environment than florescent which contain mercury and end up in land fills.

  681. Natalie Steen says:

    Switching to a digital thermostat.

  682. Lisa Collamore says:

    Exercising in the house to feel warmer.

  683. HOLLY PHILLIPS says:

    Only run the washer and dryer after 9 pm at night.

  684. Cindy says:

    Don’t turn the thermostat up and down. Keep it at the same temp all of the time and add or subtract clothing as necessary.

  685. Thomas Jensen says:

    Decreasing household temperature at night when sleeping and when no one is at home for extended periods will result in reduced energy consumption as well as emissions.

  686. Michael V says:

    We installed draft guards on our exterior doors and the door to our utility room. They are simply to install and simply side right under swinging doors. They keep drafts to a minimum and keeps the warm air inside!

  687. ed eucci says:

    First get a programable thermostat Save 10 to 15 per cent. have an energy audit performed and follow the recommendatons.
    Seal drafty windows and doors. Insullate ther basement ceiling. Wrap hot water tanks.

    Install a backup wood or pellet stove.

    Good luck ED

  688. Penny Harding says:

    We have two small boys and do a lot (I mean a lot!!) of laundry! To save some energy, we switched to washing in cold (and using a clothesline to dry in the summer). The clothes come out just as bright and clean, and we’ve saved a bundle using cold instead of warm or hot water!

  689. julie mchugh-kramer says:

    Unplug unused appliances.

  690. Johannes Otter says:

    Disconnect hot-water heater from oil furnace and install a instant hot water Rinnai propane heater.

  691. Jeff Haines says:

    Automatic thermostats set to a cooler temp when your away for the day or snuggled in bed at night save energy without sacrificing comfort.

  692. Carla P. says:

    We have only down blankets on all our beds now and the thermostat is set at 62 overnight for the bedrooms and 56 for overnight for the rest of the house.

  693. Patrice Ducharme says:

    My tip is very simple. I have my heat recovery air exchanger set on a timer to fit the times that it is required the most.

  694. kevin bartlett says:

    I use a programmable thermostat to keep the temperature in the house at a certain temperature while I am home and away from home.

  695. Alan Fishow says:

    Invest in a good programmable thermostat that allows for multiple settings per day so you can keep the heeat low at night and during the day if no one is home. It should also have a separate weekend setting. It will easily pay for itself in no time.

  696. Dawn Hamilton says:

    We are adding a propane heater this fall as an additional heat source to keep us cozy this winter.

  697. Warren says:

    Shut off gas fireplaces/stoves when not in use for extended periods at the tank as well as the appliance. This will eliminate the pilot light which uses approx 1 litre of fuel per day.

  698. Chris says:

    Real simple. Wear layers – sweaters, hats, whatever is comfortable and warm.

  699. Karen Chagnon says:

    Let the sun shine in! Remove window screens to allow the sun to heat the house. On sunny days make sure the drapes/shades are open/up on the sunny sides of the house.

  700. Jill says:

    As of yesterday, our family purchased a boiler jacket for our oil-fired hot water furnace, from Eco Home Solutions in PEI! Looking forward to the savings, as well as reducing our carbon footprint!

    Thanks for the contest!

    The Poirier Family

  701. Karen Caisse says:

    Put plastic over windows to keep out drafts

  702. Jane Denison says:

    We use setback thermostats so that the heat will be turned down automatically when we are normally not at home and during the night while we are tucked snuggly in our beds.

  703. Gail says:

    Turn your heat DOWN when not at home or sleeping.

  704. setting my thermstat at 65 and button up my home

  705. melissa says:

    Thermal imaging cameras are greta for seeing where heat is being lost, but not necessarily finacially practical. So I use decorative door and window draft blockers. LTD has great snowmen ones for the season for 5.95!

  706. Mike McCormick says:

    With a forced air heating system, it is important to check, retape if necessary and insulate all ductwork especially if it runs through an unheated area of the home. This can save an impressive amount.

  707. Wayne Sutherland says:

    We have kept our thermostats at a set temperature and always have a nice fleece blanket laying around in a couple of places. Also, we insulated our basement – walls & floor.

  708. barb hansen says:

    The best way to conserve fuel is to use a programable thermostat, increasing the temperature only when required.

  709. mary says:

    drop the thermostat at night and bump it up in the am. Best of all….wear a sweater so you can keep the temp a few degrees lower than usual.

  710. william h lenharth says:

    Use low energy LED lights everywhere or CF. Use storm windows on all windows and wash your air conditioner condenser every year.

  711. Sarah Siteman says:

    Open window drapes when the sun is shining and close them as soon as the sun stops shining in that window. Do this in the room that you use the most and it will be 3-5 degrees warmer than the rest of the house.

    Sarah in Nova Scotia

  712. ken dudley says:

    I leave the louvred doors to the laundry/utility room open at night so the warm air can circulate.

  713. Dawn Johnson says:

    I have filled the cracks around the dryer vents and the oil tank and the wall.
    It was easy to fill the cracks with the liquid foam insulation. Spray till full and it hardens and sets and there is no air leak.


  714. Kris says:

    Set your thermostat a bit cooler than you think is comfortable and wear a sweater or wrap. I have found that I get fewer colds with a cooler home temp.

  715. suzanne morrison says:

    We are a family of four and we have special socks and sweaters that we wear around the house. They are really cosy and they keep us warm.

  716. Judy Anderson says:

    Lower temperatures in bedrooms, close bedroom doors during the day. Use down comforters or synthetic down comforters for warmth at night.

  717. Kim says:

    install a electronic thermastat and set the tempatures so the furnace will heat the house up at certain times of the day and night. we did this and have saved several hundred dollers per year.

  718. Elizabeth Manwaring says:

    My favourite energy saving tip is to reduce the temperature on the thermostat during the day when no one is home, and over night while we’re sleeping

  719. Karen R. says:

    I open the blinds on my east facing windows before I leave for work in the morning, to let the sun’s heat warm the bedrooms during the day.

  720. suzanne morrison says:

    We are a family of four and we all have special socks and sweaters that we wear around the house. They are really cosy and they keep us warm

  721. Kerry says:

    Slippers. Cold feet make cold bodies. Putting slippers on keeps you toastier in a cooler house.

  722. Sharon says:

    turn down the heat in bedrooms and use hot water bottles and flannel sheets in every bed

  723. Valerie says:

    We’ve been using fluorescent bulbs for over 32 years!

  724. John Byers says:

    KNOW YOUR USAGE NUMBERS: Five years ago, we started to track our monthly usage and cost for our home’s heating oil and electricity. By putting the actual usage numbers on a one page spreadsheet, our daily energy awareness decisions went UP and usage went DOWN. In short, the game was to beat last year’s usage. The results: Oil usage down 16% Electricity usage down 38%. Simple daily decisions may only save dollars a day, but it really adds up. Savings go right in our pocket and sure helps to lessen the sting when when commodity prices go up. Plus we feel better as consumers that we are doing our part.

  725. Lisa Smith Brunelle says:

    Keep Furnace serviced and oil filter changed annually. Lower temperature on Water Heater. Seal any drafty windows or doors.

  726. beverly frost says:

    Install a good programable thermostat, turn the heat way down at night and let your animals sleep on your bed as they provide lots of great heat.

  727. Brenda says:

    I love long showers! Of course I have an energy saving showerhead, but to get me out of the shower quicker I bought a $4 manual timer. I set it for 5 minutes before I jump into the shower and I make sure I’m out before it goes off!

  728. Joe sylvain says:

    If you pay ahead they give you 10 cents off a gallon.For the savings I don’t mind shoveling a path for delivery person who fills the tank while I am at work.thanks!

  729. Jonathan says:

    Check furnace filter monthly and change furnace filter when needed. The quality rating on filters varies so be sure to date the new filter when you replace the old one.

  730. Lori LaPlante says:

    turn down thermostat during the day when at work

  731. Deborah says:

    Close doors to rooms that are not used.also use draft blockers under door bottom to block any air that may sneak by.

  732. ches says:

    To keep those winter drafts out check and replace if damaged your door seals.

  733. SyLvIe says:

    Cover your windows with a plastic kit if your windows are getting old and you can’t replace. They will keep the heat inside instead of outside 😀

  734. Chris Chapman says:

    I just set the temperature at 19C using a programable thermostat day and night and that’s it. The furnace kicks in at a 1 degree temperature change.

  735. BEV says:

    I leave the heat on the same temperature day & night so I won’t constantly turn it up and down, if I get cool I put on a sweater.

  736. Alyssa Williams says:

    Wde switched to propane for cooking & hot water! We have saved hundreads of dollars on our electric bill!

  737. richard Hocker says:

    Wood==a renewable fuel supply that is available and contributes to good physical health

  738. Roger R. Provencher says:

    We keep the curtains closed on windy days.

  739. Laura says:

    My energy saving was all summer I kept the furnace off except when I needed hot water for showers or dishes. In the winter get a heater and plug it in so your able to keep the furnace down.

  740. Melissa Cadorette says:

    Leave the thermostat down around 62 and even lower during the day when no one is home.

  741. Roger R. Provencher says:

    We keep the curtains closed on windy days.

    R.P. Bedford, NH

  742. Stephanie says:

    Only turn on pilot light when using fireplace

  743. Gail Ruggles says:

    Hi, In our house the heavy lined drapes are drawn tight when it is dark out, and open wide when the sun is streaming through. It is amazing how much heat can be generated by a western sun coming through a picture window. We save a lot by being ‘sun watchers.’

  744. Karen Terwilliger says:

    We have a programmable thermostat, quilted window blinds and insulated curtains. We shut down the blinds once the sun goes down.

  745. Darlene says:

    I plastic all my windows, even the basement. I rinse my dishes in cold water and wash my clothes in coldwater. I have an elderly woman upstairs , so we do her windows as well.

  746. Carolyn Cross says:

    We use thermal shades on our windows.

    They save energy in the winter and the summer.

    They are a 5 layer system of various fabrics including an aluminized mylar space blanket and a layer of dacron (like we have in our winter coats).

    here is a brief summary of our calculated savings in a 1000 sq ft area
    1000 sq ft
    5000 hdd Heating Degree Days
    10 current r value
    20 new total r value

    Fuel oil

    If it is $2.30 per gallon and the furnace is 80% efficient

    My savings per year are $121.50
    My savings per 10 years $ 1936.06
    and my Green House gas reduction is 1050 lbs per year.

    We love our shades. If you would like to know where I purchased them please let me know they are very affordable. Payback is about 3 years.

    Thank you

    Carolyn Cross

  747. Amy says:

    Ask Irving to come to your home to conduct an energy audit!

  748. Muriel Wood says:

    Turn down your thermostate when you leave for work during the day to 64 degrees and turn it back up when you come home.

  749. Cathy Tizzard says:

    Make sure all your doors and windows are tight with rubber seals.

    A funny story: Yesterday we had Fios installed. And a cable cord was running through the living room wall to the outside. The technician removed it leaving a hole that he said he would plug. He left forgetting to plug the hole. My spouse who swears I snore (though I doubt I do), put an earplug in the hole until it gets properly fixed. LOL. We should probably sell that idea to the earplug company as a marketing tool. Just thought I’d share……

  750. When the gas hot water tank keeled over, I would have liked to put a coil in the oil hot water furnace, but the other part of the household wouldn’t hear of it. So, we got an electric hot water tank. Then, I had a switch (expensive) put on the electric hot water heater. Now, most of the time the hot water heater is off. When I need hot water (I’m now alone here), I flip the switch. Just like the furnace, off most of the time.

  751. Leo says:

    As per my life experience, friends you discover when you have a trouble! When we bought house csr gave me best advise and ongoing help. I understand that it’s a buziness but csr are not owners of Irving and they still defenetely gave me perfect service!

  752. Matthew Keith says:

    I let the sun do some free heating for me when i leave in the morning i turn down the thermostat open all the curtains and let the sun shine in durng the day then at night close the curtains turn the thermostat up and let the curtains help retain the heat

  753. Ron Blais says:

    Don’t use your fireplace on days when the tempearture is less than 20 degrees F. If you do, you will be sucking heated air from the house through the flue. Don’t forget to close the damper the morning after using the fireplace or you’ll be sending your heated air through the flue and will create a cold draft over the floors as the inside air travels to the fireplace to be sent up the flue. If you can afford it, have a professional install a system whereby outside air is used for combustion. Then you can use the fireplace without wasting heated air to provide oxygen to the fire. Also, keep those glass fireplace doors closed after the fire has started and is burning well.

  754. kathleen Robbins says:

    clothesline in good weather and wooden clothes horse in winter.I do not use my dryer and save lots of electricity.

  755. David Bain says:

    Have your furnace checked and cleaned yearly. For safety and makes the furnace run more efficient.

  756. sharon morton says:

    Installing an insulated block larger than the attic door opening on top of the board to control heat from traveling up from the room

  757. Diane says:

    The best energy saving tip I have is to utilize a programmable thermostat. By investing in this tiny device, you can control the temperature in your home automatically, without thinking, and lower the thermostat during the hours when needed. Also, you have complete control to temporarily raise or lower the temp. at will. I have found by using this programmable thermostat, I am saving energy every day, since I would leave the house and keep the temperature at a higher level since I didn’t want to return to a somewhat colder home!

  758. brenda chamberlain says:

    My favorite energy saving tip is to turn your hot water tank off. The water stays hot for a few days. Once the water runs warm I switch the breaker back on for the day. The following day I turn the breaker off again. This saves me at least $20 a month.

  759. Merle Stewart says:

    Have An Energy Efficient House & An Energy Efficient Furnace.

  760. robbinskathleen says:

    when baking or cooking, you don’t need to keep the gas on until the item is done…spaghetti can be brought to a boil, then turn off the heat and let it sit for a minute or two longer than usual. Baking, cut off the last 5-10 minutes. Heat in the over will ocntinue to cook cakes, roasts, whatever…just remember how burned something can get if it is left in a few minutes too long!

  761. My wife has sewn fabic over indoor insulated retractable shutters.
    It’s functional and attractive BUT not novel

  762. Gifford Wong says:

    There are a lot of tips out there that are likely to work. I live in a house with 4 other students, so both our schedules and our heating likes/dislikes are different.

    One thing that we found to work from last year is the use of the film that you can apply over windows. Essentially making our very efficient windows even more efficient. Sunlight (and heat) still can get in, and with the film it just seems to stay in.

    Additionally, we do what we can to watch our thermostat, turning it low during the day and then heating bedrooms and common areas at night.

    Finally, and this is no joke, we try to cook as many shared meals as possible. This has the double benefit of splitting the cost of food and heating the kitchen/dining area with the stove-top and baking! Who knew that eating well and eating together would also help shave a few thermostat degrees and save a few dollars!

    Hope these prove helpful …
    G Wong

  763. Keep the thermostat set at 65 degrees.

  764. charlie says:

    I love Irving delivery service. I have been Canada for 1 year and 2 months. Last year, I had a good service and I believe this year will be more satisfied !!! I love Irving Energy……

  765. Since using furnace oil has become the most expensive way to heat except for using propane I have bought 2-1500 watt radiant heaters.
    I use these when the temperature is not too cold and therefore save my heating oil for when I really need it or to initally heat up the house in the morning.
    I have found that the extra cost for electricity is not as costly as using my furnace.

  766. Randy says:

    Turn down the thermostat to 5 degrees in the garage

  767. Merle Stewart says:

    Keep Your Thermostat On A Lower Temp. At Night; Get A Programable Thermostat,Which Can Be Preset To Come On,Before You Come Home.

  768. Ben Trask says:

    We made sure that all the windows and doors a well sealed and have a thermostat that ring the temperature down when no one is home and when we’re asleep.

  769. Linda Lawrence says:

    If your not a lover of twurly bulbs (CFL’s) install dimmer switches to use less power!! Keeps my husband happy he hates CFL because they don’t give enough light….

  770. Rod says:

    We use insulated curtains in the winter months, open during sunlight and closed each night. Fairly new home and this just adds to it some.

  771. dean hatt says:

    If you have an older furnace buy a new Irving furnace and save a bundle$$$$$$$

  772. shirley says:

    Wash clothes in cold water.

  773. Doug says:

    Use your i-pod and an interface to adjust your home temperature while you are not home. You can adjust from to a low setting and turn the heat up 1/2 hour before you head for home . Save money and still be comfortable when you get home from work. This can be done even if you are away on vacation or on a business trip.

  774. Jim makris says:

    Put in digital themostates with programming.

  775. Linda McGrath says:

    Turn the thermostat down in each zone at night and during the day while out of the house.

  776. Dolores says:

    I try to use my clothesline as much as possible…sometimes I have to finish using the dryer, however it certainly cuts down on the amount of time the dryer is on, thus reducing energy costs. It saves us money and the clothes smell great too.

  777. Samara says:

    I like looking in places you wouldn’t normally think of. The outlets are a big one around here. We also lose a lot from the back door and use draft stoppers for each. Outlet insulaters and quite cheap considering how much cold air comes through them.

  778. Krista Flower-Theriault says:

    Turn your heat down at night.

  779. Turn the thermostat down in each zone at night and during the day while out of the house and only turn up the zones that you are actually using when at home.

  780. David Roy says:

    I turn my water heater temperature down to 120 degrees to conserve energy.
    Also, on the winter months, I set my thermostat for 65 degrees at night to also conserve energy.
    If we’re out for the day, the thermostat is set for 60 degrees.

  781. daniel says:

    The trick is to do a combination of actions. We turn the thermostat to 15 when not home ; we switched to cold water wash and only run washer and dishwasher when full; we invested in energy-efficient appliances; we use dimmers on lights and energy efficient bulbs in house and garage. The biggest savings were when we bought a propane fireplace and stove – reduced our annual heating/energy bill by 30% and we really love the fireplace!

  782. Mike N. says:

    Turn down the heat in bedrooms and close doors on the second floor to reduce the amount of drafts caused by the exchange of warm/cold air between the first and second floors thereby minimizing the temptation to turn up thermostat on first floor.

  783. Greg fisher says:

    My idea for energy saving is the implementation of a newly designed baseboard heater. By integrating a thin layer of soap stone to the standard metal baseboards we will be able to have longer periods between the furnace reheating. The soapstone will dissipate the heat over a longer time, increasing the interval time for the furnace to kick in. The less the furnace is running the less you pay.

  784. doris murray says:

    When going to bed turn down heat in all rooms

  785. Close the register grates in unused or infrequently used rooms and close the door. Also turn off all electronic equipment, computers etc. each night.

  786. David Tatham says:

    Use electronic thermostat set fot lower temps at night and when not home.

  787. Dennis M. says:

    Keep all heating and cooling systems operating at peak performance.

  788. marie lyford says:

    Each night when I go to bed, I turn the heat down to 63. Then when I wake up I turn it back up. In the summer, I shut the furnace down except for when I need hot water and then turn it on just to heat up the water.

  789. Insulated attic and basement; basement windows for winter, string caulk storm windows.
    Keep furnace setting below 60º at night; at 62º during the day.
    Wear comfortable, warm clothing in the house.
    Close curtains at night, open during day, passive solar in south and west.

  790. During early Spring, late Fall and Winter months I close all blinds and pull across all draperies which helps to keep the warmer air inside as temperatures fall outside during the evening and overnight hours. And during the daytime, especially when it is sunny outside I open the blinds and draperies to allow the sun beams to warm the house.

  791. Kurtis Coleman says:

    I recently installed a Bryant heat pump/AC unit. I have it matched to a Bryant oil fired furnace. Last year I saved 1 and 1/2 tanks of oil. Although I use less oil, the efficency is fantastic and it is much more green.

  792. steph halter says:

    a propane on demand hot water heater.

  793. Ellen says:

    When it is really cold we try to burn wood we have gotten from our yard to supplement our heating bill.

  794. Gary Decad says:

    Interior glass storm windows preserve the exterior look of your home and provide better insulation than exterior storm windows.

  795. Robert Gallup says:

    We close the doors to unused or infrequently used rooms and close the register grate. This will direct the heat to the used rooms and maintain a constant temperature.

  796. sally macquart says:

    Have an energy audit done! We did and it has saved us $$$$$$$$…

  797. kim says:

    It’s easier to freeze smaller amounts! after I get my groceries, I always take frozen foods out of the cardboard package and if I can make smaller packages. Meet is always easy and freezes faster, making your freezer use less energy. I have one cardboard box in my freezer, it contains popcycles however the top is cut off to let the cold air around them faster. Remove those boxes before putting things in the freezer.

  798. brian w says:

    Removing the old dried up caulking around the windows of your house and re applying new caulking.

  799. Cathy Bustard says:

    Lower your thermostat when you go to bed.

  800. Pam C. says:

    We have a programable thermostat. We set it a few degrees lower than we usually like. That way if we are not home, we are not wasting energy. If we are home and it feels cool, we manually turn it up a few degrees for that one time.

  801. kari crowe says:

    my favorite energy saving tip is turning down the heat at night and sleeping in the cold….and turning down the heat when I leave the house, even for a short time.

  802. Denice Gagne says:

    Install programmable thermostats that you set back during times away from home and even after you go to bed. After all sleeping in a cool room is better for your health.

  803. Tim Eagan says:

    Turn your heat down during sleeping hours.

  804. My best energy saving tip is, instead of using my oven, I use my toaster oven for baking anything that will fit into the toaster oven.

  805. We live in a very old house and find that weatherstripping windowns and doors help.

  806. Make sure all the windows in your home are sealed and no draft .

  807. Ric Alden says:

    I have closed the doors and registers to the rooms that I do not use often, thus driving the available heat into the rooms that are being used. This means the rooms heat more quickly and the furnace does not run as long saving fuel and money!

  808. Al Bowen says:

    Window Replacement has helped here.

  809. Mike Wilcott says:

    Keep windows and doors closed when the furance is on

  810. Rob Brown says:

    My two favorite tips are:

    1. In between the joists in your basement, get some rigid styrene or similar product, cut to size and fill those gaps in between those joists and along the top of the ceiling. Spray foam along the perimeter. THere’s a lot of heat loss at these points along the ceiling so this little tip can help a lot.

    2. Insulate and vapor barrier all the walls in your basement leaving no concrete walls exposed. You don’t have to finish them with gyproc/drywall but at least studding them out, insulating and installing a proper vapor barrier will help keep the heat inside the house. An exposed concrete wall loves to use your heat!

  811. Ben Roberge says:

    We make it a habit in our house to monitor our thermostats and lights very closely….in fact we take turns doing so and sort of make a game of it with our children. Its become fun for them and it saves us $.

  812. Brian says:

    The best satisfaction I received in savings in energy was when I installed a programmable thermostat in my home.

  813. We installed wood blinds and beautiful full curtains. In the winter both are shut at night. We also shut off rooms.

  814. Donald Burns says:


  815. Bernie Gunning says:

    Learn to live at 18 degrees Celsius max, 14 degrees overnight.

  816. S Mac says:

    I installed new windows and I also use a programmable thermostat.

  817. Lorena Duncan says:

    Drain all the plumbing and let the place freeze for the winter.

  818. Anky Aarts says:

    Hi, heat only those areas that you use at the time up to comfortable level and leave temperature in other rooms or parts of house not in use at a lower temperature. This way you save on fuel costs.
    Smile, Anky

  819. Clean Guy says:

    In the winter the humidity in your home can become so low that your skin becomes dry. Many people shower every day out of habit even though they may not be dirty. Frequent showering can further dry out your skin to the point where you get itchy. If you do “clean” work, try showering only once or twice a week in the winter. You can wash your hair and other “dirty” parts in the sink. You’ll save money and your skin will love you.

  820. Andrew Thompson says:

    Instead of turning up the heat, put on an extra layer

  821. Elan says:

    I am in a older home and I have found that using a plastic wrap on the windows helps with heat loss.

  822. Mark says:

    Watch TV in the dark!!

  823. Adrianna Mackenzie says:

    We turn our heat down at night and use extra blankets and slippers to keep us warm.

  824. Darcie D says:

    I edcuate my Daughter and some times even my husband about saving energy all the time. Turn the light out when you are not in the room. Turn the water off when you are brushing your teeth, do not leave it running. Turn the tv off if you are not in the room and one of my favorites Its eaiser to get warm then it is to cool off, the house does not have to be hot. Just remember this is the world we live in now but what we do to it today will be what our children and grandchild grow up in. The world is bad enough… we should do what we can to keep it from getting worse.

  825. Gordie says:

    Remember to keep your thermostats at a comfortable temp. and not be moveing it up and down all night which will burn more oil.

  826. Shane Snider says:

    I use CFL light bulbs where ever possible.

  827. michael driscoll says:

    My heat on demand propane hot water heater has saved and is on target to save me thousands of dollars over a 10 year period.

  828. Paul Flower says:

    for hot water baseboard heating, leave the thermostat alone! set it and forget it ! It uses less fuel to maintain heat, than to heat up a cold house !

  829. Gordon H. Burt says:

    Turn the thermostat down to 12C at bedtime…..that’s at least 8 hours of savings.

  830. Joseph Terrio says:

    Leave your thermostat at one setting. Don’t be adjusting it up and down.

  831. Sharon Digout says:

    We live in a very old house and we find weatherstripping the doors and windows really help.

  832. Mary says:

    Have your furnace cleaned regularly. Irving calls me to remind me it is time to book my cleaning.

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