Avoid high heating costs this winter by keeping these tips in mind:
- Turn down heat in vacant units. Setting back the thermostat in empty units or unused rooms is a great place to start, but a more efficient option is to install smart thermostats. Smart thermostats use sensors to know when a room is empty and automatically set back to the programed temperature. Energy Trust offers $50 cash incentives for qualifying models.
- Fix drafty areas. Properly weatherizing doors and windows is an effective way to reduce heating costs. Energy Trust offers up to $0.30 per square foot on qualifying insulation.
- Schedule HVAC maintenance. Remember to perform routine maintenance checks on HVAC equipment and change out air filters to increase the efficiency of your HVAC system.
- Upgrade your heating equipment. If you’re spending more time performing repairs, upgrading to new equipment may be more cost effective. Energy Trust offers cash incentives on a wide range of energy-efficient heating equipment. If you would like help selecting or installing energy-efficient equipment, use Energy Trust’s Find a Contractor tool to find a qualified professional to help you with the project.