Prep your home, save energy!

Prep your home, save energy!

Falling leaves, football and flannel shirts are a few things to remind you that fall is in full swing and winter’s on its way. Prep your home to save energy all winter with these tips:

  • Have your heating equipment and appliances inspected by a licensed technician. Make sure all appliances and heating equipment, such as a furnace, water heater or stove, are operating properly. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions when you use them. It is important to have your equipment serviced regularly to ensure optimal energy efficiency.
  • Test your carbon monoxide (CO) and smoke detectors to ensure they are working properly.
  • Turn off exterior faucets and disconnect garden hoses. You can turn off the faucet with the shut-off valve in your home to help prevent frozen pipes from bursting during the cold months.
  • Before you use your fireplace for extra heat, make sure to get your chimney cleaned. A clean chimney will prevent a chimney fire or carbon monoxide from building up in your home. Make sure to call a certified chimney sweep.
  • Change your furnace filter. A dirty filter makes your heating system work harder and use more energy. Simply replace your filter every few months or opt for a washable one – they may last up to five years. Changing filters can cut down on dust around the house, too.
  • Do you live in a drafty house? Insulate! It’s not too late to request a no-cost home energy assessment. You may be eligible to receive an incentive from Columbia Gas of Massachusetts of 75% of the cost, up to $2000 for energy efficiency improvements like insulation recommended during your home energy assessment.
  • Keep shades and curtains open during the day to allow solar heating. Use thermal curtains in the winter and close them at night to retain heat.
  • Is your heating system facing its last winter? Replace or repair an old or inefficient furnace or boiler. Columbia Gas of Massachusetts offers rebates for the replacement of  boilers and furnaces with a new high efficiency system. You may also be eligible for a zero percent loan to finance the remainder of the cost.
  • Turn your water heater down to 120 degrees for both safety and energy savings.
  • Weather strip the gaps around windows and doors to prevent cold drafts and heated air leaking from your home. Caulk the gaps between the siding and window frame.
  • Install window insulation kits available your local home improvement store. Cover your windows with a transparent, plastic material that keeps the heat in and cold out.