Winterizing: Money saving ideas for heating your home

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If you are dreading winter heating bills, it might be a good time to think of ways to save money now before the cold weather kicks in. You can find out how your energy use compares through EPA’s Home Energy Yardstick,. Answer questions about your use for a simple assessment of your home’s annual energy use compared to similar homes. Your energy supplier may provide a similar assessment so you night check there too,

Experts recommend that annual maintenance can help keep your heating bills to a minimum:

Other money saving ideas might involve modernizing or upgrading your systems :

  • Install a “smart” programmable thermostat – learn about Energy Star certified smart thermostats
  • Earn federal tax credits for installing solar heating systems. Tax credits for Solar Energy Systems are available at 30% through December 31, 2019. The credit decreases to 26% for tax year 2020; drops to 22% for tax year 2021 then expires December 31, 2021. Existing homes and new construction qualify. Both principal residences and second homes qualify. Rentals do not qualify. For more information, see Solar Energy Systems to learn about solar water heaters and solar panels.
  • Find Product Rebates & Other Special Offers on Energy Star products from energy vendors in your area – enter your zip code

State energy programs and incentives for New England & New York