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The average New York family will spend $2,400/year on home energy bills - heating 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. Scroll over each section of the house and click to find 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.

. 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

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.

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

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.

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


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

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.

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