Energy Saving Tips Keep yourself warm and cozy all year round without breaking the bank. Follow these useful energy-saving tips to keep your family safe and your pockets full. Inspect and tune your residential heating system regularly. A heating system that runs well is more efficient and will save you money. Change your furnace filter monthly. Clean filters will increase efficiency. Invest in a programmable thermostat that lowers your home’s temperature when you are not there. You can cut annual heating bills by as much as 10% per year by turning your thermostat back 10-15 degrees for eight hours a day. Turn down your water heater from the standard 120 degrees to 115 degrees. You could save more than 10% on your water heating bill. Protect against drafts by caulking and weather-stripping around windows, doors, and other openings such as ducts, fans, and vents. Consider switching to a propane water heater. Over time, propane water heaters can cost up to one-third less to operate and they recover hot water twice as fast as electric water heaters. Increase your water heater’s efficiency by draining it every six months to remove mineral deposits and sediment. Install flow-restricting showerheads. You can reduce hot water usage by up to 50% without affecting shower pressure. Run washing machines, clothes dryers, and dishwashers with full loads at off-peak hours, which, in some areas, cost less than during normal operating hours. Discuss payment plan options with your propane retailer. Budget payment plans can help you spread your projected annual cost of propane over many months, lowering the costs of seasonally higher bills.