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What are your Home Heating Habits?

Space heating is critical for winter comfort, but it’s also the biggest energy user in homes nationwide. Despite this, a lot of households have some bad habits when it comes to heating and energy use, according to a recent U.S. Department of Energy survey. The survey found that:

  • 40% of U.S. households set the thermostat at one temperature and leave it there
  • Only 26% of households adjust temperatures at night or when no one is at home
  • 38% of households use a secondary heat source, such as an electric space heater
  • More than 41 million U.S. households still use non-programmable thermostats
  • Only 4% of households use a smart or Internet-connected thermostat

According to the survey, 70°F is the average daytime temperature setting for households when someone is at home. Also, it was found that 40% of households set the thermostat at 70°F or higher at night when everyone is sleeping.

Saving energy while staying comfortable

If you are one of those households with a few bad heating habits, here are some simple things you can do to reduce energy costs and stay cozy all winter long.

  • Adjust the thermostat before you go to bed and when your house is empty. Lowering the temperature just a few degrees on a daily basis can add up to big savings on your monthly energy bills.
  • Lower the temperature when you are at home and dress for comfort. If you set the thermostat at 68°F instead of 70°F and wear a warm shirt or jacket, you will see savings you can really warm up to.
  • Install a programmable thermostat and use it to optimize savings and comfort. Connected smart models provide advanced features, such as remote control and self programming.
  • Look for and seal gaps around windows and exterior doors with caulk or weather stripping.
  • Change your furnace filter regularly, according to manufacturer’s instructions, throughout the heating season to ensure efficient performance.

Make sure your heating system is cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional. If your system is older or in need of repair, upgrade to a new, energy efficient natural gas heating system and earn rebates from Trussville Gas & Water. For additional information about our rebate program, http://visit