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What Are Your Home Heating Habits?


Learn how to save energy while staying comfortable.
Learn how to save energy while staying comfortable.

Heating your home is critical for winter comfort, but it's also the biggest energy user in homes nationwide. Despite this, a lot of households have some bad habits when it comes to heating and energy use, according to a recent U.S. Department of Energy survey. The survey found that:

  • 40% of U.S. households set the thermostat at one temperature and leave it there
  • Only 26% of households adjust temperatures at night or when no one is at home
  • 38% of households use a secondary heat source, such as an electric space heater
  • More than 41 million U.S. households still use non-programmable thermostats
  • Only 4% of households use a smart or Internet-connected thermostat

According to the survey, 70°F is the average daytime temperature setting for households when someone is at home. Also, it was found that 40% of households set the thermostat at 70°F or higher at night when everyone's sleeping.

Saving energy while staying comfortable

If you're one of those households with a few pricey heating habits, here are some simple things you can do to reduce energy costs and stay cozy all winter long.

  • Adjust the thermostat before you go to bed and when your house is empty. Lowering the temperature just a few degrees on a daily basis can add up to big savings on your monthly energy bills.
  • Lower the temperature when you are at home, and dress for comfort. If you set the thermostat at 68°F instead of 70°F and wear a sweatshirt, you'll see savings you can really warm up to.
  • Install a programmable thermostat and use it to optimize savings and comfort. Connected smart models provide advanced features, such as remote control and self programming.
  • Look for and seal gaps around windows and exterior doors with caulk or weatherstripping.
  • Change your furnace filter regularly according to manufacturer's instructions throughout the heating season to ensure efficient performance.

Make sure your heating system is cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional. If your system is older or in need of repair, upgrade to a new ENERGY STAR®-certified model. ENERGY STAR heating systems use less energy than standard units while still providing the performance and comfort you expect.

To save even more, check out our energy efficiency programs.

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