- Insulate attics, windows and doors. Heat escapes through every part of a building but especially through the roof of a building. Insulate between your roof and ceiling to keep the cold out and the heat in. Seal and weatherproof doors and windows to eliminate cold drafts. Heat escapes even through closed doors and windows.
- Maintain your heating system! That means keeping your filters changed and being proactive with any repairs or issues you might have with your system.
- Install carbon monoxide detectors to augment your smoke detectors and make sure they have fresh batteries. A good rule of thumb is to replace batteries every time you change to and from daylight savings time.
- Reverse the circulation of your ceiling fan so that it pulls the air up towards the ceiling. This is effective because it keeps the warm air moving so that it doesn't just accumulate at the ceiling, it's especially effective for homes with high ceilings.
Remember, these above simple steps can actually have a huge effect on how warm your home stays and how much your next electric bill will be.