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Reducing Your Energy Use this Heating Season

November 13, 2013

Reducing Your Energy Use this Heating SeasonIt’s not going to take many more chilly mornings to convince most of us that it’s time to turn on the heat. Before we hit the deep freeze in the months ahead, it’s a good time to take a look at last winter’s energy bills.

They may provide all the motivation you need to take steps right now to cut down on energy use while at the same time making your home less drafty and more comfortable.

The most important step you can take to discover all of the energy efficiency improvement possibilities in your home is to sign up for a no-cost in-home energy assessment. By calling 800-632-8300, or visiting the Mass Save website, you can talk to an energy efficiency consultant to learn more about these no-cost assessments.

There are many low and no-cost ways to save on heating costs.

Our Mass Save energy assessments include a top-to-bottom analysis of your home’s energy use with printed results, advice for saving energy and rebates on recommended improvements. Once the assessment is complete, you’ll be armed with the information you need to make your home more comfortable and energy efficient throughout the year.

You may also qualify for a weatherization incentive of 75 percent up to $2,000, or zero-percent financing through the Heat Loan Program.

If you’ve decided it’s time to replace your old heating system, making your home more energy efficient could save you money on a new one, because you might be able to purchase a smaller unit. When shopping for a new system, choose a high efficiency unit for the best energy savings.

There are also many low and no-cost improvements you can make yourself. For example:

  • Be sure to have your heating system cleaned and checked annually, and that filters are clean and in good repair.
  • Keep furniture and draperies away from heating baseboards and vents. This gives the heated air a clear path to rise and helps it to circulate efficiently throughout the room.
  • Use a ceiling fan to pull air up and send warmer air down from the ceiling. The fan should be turning in the opposite direction from when it was used for cooling in the summer.
  • Adjusting thermostats to a lower temperature is another easy and effective way to save on heating costs. Programmable thermostats work well for this because you set them to match your schedule. NSTAR customers can get a $25 rebate on up to two qualifying thermostats. Or you could get them at no cost during an in-home energy assessment.
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