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The average New York family will spend $2,400/year on home energy bills. Did you know that heating and cooling accounts for more than half of that cost? Much of the money spent on heating your home is wasted as heat escapes through leaks and inefficient systems. Take simple steps* to save money and stay cozy this winter. Follow these suggestions to learn about easy, do-it-yourself tips that can save you up to 30% annually on energy bills.

SEAL LEAKS Leaks commonly occur near pipes, ducts, and chimneys. Seal them using caulk or another air-tight sealant. Use a non-combustible sealant on any areas where heat flows. A foam caulk can be used around electrical fixes. Learn more

INSULATE Reduce heat loss. Your attic is exposed to the most extreme air temperatures and poorly insulated ceilings waste the most energy. Make sure you have the recommended amount of insulation. Learn more 

VENT Extend the life of your roof. Use passive ventilation in addition to sealing leaks and insulating your attic to keep it cool and dry by preventing moisture build up when you heat your home. Learn more

INSULATE AND SEAL Your garage may not be insulated and can contain many harmful pollutants. Insulation and sealant between your garage and your home can save money and energy, help regulate your home’s temperature, and keep toxic chemicals out of your home. Learn more

SEAL LEAKS Weather strip doors, windows and fireplaces to keep warm air in. Learn more. Easy Door Sealing

REPLACE SCREENS Change out screens for storm windows and get an extra barrier to the cold. Learn more.

OPEN RADIATOR VALVES Release trapped air or water from your radiators by opening valves. Without doing so your radiator will need to work harder because it cannot fully heat up. Learn more.

CHECK AIR FILTERS A dirty air filter weakens air flow and forces your system to work harder to keep you comfortable. Clean or change air filters at least every 3 months. Learn more

HELP HEAT FLOW Keep furniture and drapes away from radiators or floor vents so that your heat can flow freely. Learn more.

USE CURTAINS On sunny days, keep your curtains open to let in heat from the sunlight and close them at night to keep that heat in. Learn more.

REMOVE WINDOW AC UNIT If you cannot remove and store the air conditioning unit, make sure to cover and add weather stripping around it so warm air stays inside your home where it belongs.

LOCK WINDOWS AND DOORS Heat may be escaping through gaps from unlocked doors and windows. Lock them to ensure they have a strong seal.

INSTALL A PROGRAMMABLE THERMOSTAT Be in control of your home’s temperature throughout the day. You can keep your thermostat to 60 degrees while you’re away and have it set to rise to 68 degrees so you’re nice and cozy when you step in the door. Save money on heat without sacrificing comfort. Learn more.

INSULATE HOT WATER TANK. Improve your tank’s efficiency and save money on both energy and water bills. Learn more.

LOWER WATER TEMPERATURE Once your water heater and hot water pipes have been insulated you can lower the temperature on your hot water tank to 120 degrees F. Learn more

MAINTAIN BOILER Check recommendations from your boiler's manufacturer regarding annual maintenance and keep your boiler running efficiently so you can stay cozy this winter. Learn more

INSULATE HOT WATER PIPES Reduce heat loss and get hot water faster by insulating hot water pipes. Learn more.

SEAL LEAKS Leaks commonly occur near dryer vents, outdoor faucets/hoses, and air conditioning ducts. Learn more.

INSULATE Insulating your basement can help keep floors warm in the winter and lower your heating costs. Learn more.


Conduct a Home Energy Audit. Get recommendations on ways you can increase your home’s energy efficiency, save money and stay cozy all winter. Apply for a free or discounted home energy assessment today. Learn more.

Join a Home Performance Program. These programs, like this one through ENERGY STAR, help you get in touch with professionals who can assist you in making your home safe and comfortable and finding ways to save money and improve energy efficiency.

Look into the Weatherization Assistance Program. Income-eligible families and individuals can receive assistance for weatherization projects that will reduce heating and cooling costs by roughly 20%. A home energy audit provided by the program will identify key areas for improvement and provide services to address these issues.

Additional Resources:

This Old House: Keeping Warm for Less
Energy Saver 101: Home Energy Audits
NYSERDA: Home Energy Efficiency Programs
ConEdision: Energy Savings and Rebates

*Before beginning any Do-It-Yourself project, assess your comfort level and consider finding outside help or contacting a professional.