One way to reduce the high cost of home heating is to have a programmable thermostat installed. By setting it to automatically lower the temperature from 72 degrees and 66 degrees when you're sleeping or not at home, you could save 10% on your annual energy costs.*
If your oil heating equipment is 20 years old or more, you could save as much as 5% annually by having a professional tune-up to make sure your system is operating at peak efficiency.*
Take a look around your house and check for drafts around doors windows and or even electrical outlets. By adding caulk, weather stripping or foam insulation you can block out winter cold - which means lower bills and less stress on your heating system.
Insulation is another key. Much heat is lost in attics as well as basement walls.
Make sure that nothing obstructs baseboards and heating vents. Move couches, armchairs, and bookcases out of the path of warmth.
Close your curtains and shades at night to keep the warmth in, but open them during the day to take advantage of the sunshine.
Enter and leave your home quickly. Every time an outside door opens and closes, there is a 21 square foot hole in the wall to let in the cold.
Close your fireplace damper when the fireplace is not in use.
Wear a sweater. Sometimes the best way to save energy is to insulate yourself.