- Insulate attics and walls.
- Seal around areas such as windows, doors, bathroom vents and chimneys where heat can escape.
- Check the manufacturer's label before insulating your water heater.
- Set the water heater temperature to about 120° Fahrenheit at most; higher temperature water can scald, and cooling it wastes not only the heat in the water; it also wastes the cold water needed to dilute the hot water. Properly maintain your heating system – have it inspected and cleaned annually. You will save fuel, and proper maintenance can help avoid costly emergency service calls. Replace hot air heating system filters once a month during the heating season, or as needed.
- Clean hot-air registers, baseboard heaters, and radiators as needed; make sure furniture, carpeting and drapes do not block them.
- Reduce the thermostat setting when everyone is asleep or away from the home. Consider installing a programmable thermostat.
- Install storm windows or other energy-saving windows and lock your windows to create a tighter seal; use drapes and shades at night to conserve heat.
- Close the damper on your woodstove and/or fireplace when not in use.
NH Office of Energy and Planning
Governor Hugh J. Gallen State Office Park
Johnson Hall, 3rd Floor | 107 Pleasant Street | Concord, NH 03301
(603) 271-2155 | fax: (603) 271-2615