CENTERPOINT ENERGY'S WINTER TIPS
Maintain your heating system
70-80% of a typical home's natural gas use is for heating and cooling. Use your energy dollars wisely with these tips:
Change or clean furnace filters once a month during heating season.
Have your furnace or boiler tuned by a qualified technician once a year to help improve your system’s operating efficiency and help prevent breakdowns.
If you have an old heating system, consider replacing it with a high efficiency system. The more of an efficiency upgrade you make, the more energy savings you will see on your heating bills.
Turn down your thermostat
The easiest and most economical way to cut energy costs is to adjust your thermostat.
Set thermostats between 65° and 70° during the winter, and to 58° when away from the house for four or more hours. For homes with elderly people or children, warmer temperatures are recommended.
For greater temperature control, use a programmable or setback thermostat.
Turning down water heater setting
The water heater accounts for approximately 15% of the average household's energy use. Using it wisely can save you money.
To lower energy cost without sacrificing comfort, set water heater temperature to 120°.
Stop drafts and air leaks with caulking and weatherstripping
By adding insulation and sealing air leaks, you can have a significant impact on your energy bills.
Guard against heat loss by sealing leaks around doors, windows and other openings such as pipes and ducts.
After you have caulked and sealed bypasses, adding insulation can help you reduce energy use and save on future fuel bills.
Be sure attics have recommended levels of insulation.
Caulking and Weatherstripping fact sheet (PDF)*
Insulation and Ventilation fact sheet (PDF)*
Visit CenterPoint Energy's Website: Weatherize and Ventilate section for information on sealing your home, insulating, and ventilating.