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energy tips maineFall officially arrives this week, and with it will inevitably come heating bills. If you want to keep those heating bills as low as possible in the coming months, here are some of the best, most cost-effective ways to do it.

No-cost efficiency fixes

Medium-cost efficiency fixes

  1. Fix air leaks – Drafts around doors and windows can cost you plenty over the course of a heating season – not just in lost heat, but also in wear and tear on your furnace or boiler. Caulking and weather sealing are cheap, effective ways to minimize air leaks.
  2. Upgrade your window treatments – Your curtains and blinds can have a big impact on your energy bills, so choose your window treatments wisely.
  3. Go low-flow – Low-flow showerheads and aerators (the screw-on tip to your faucets) can cut your hot water usage in half without any noticeable difference in water pressure or comfort.
  4. Get your heating equipment serviced– Preventative maintenance for your propane– or oil-fired equipment is the key to keeping it operating at peak efficiency month after month, year after year. Schedule your heating maintenance before the serious cold arrives!

Long-term efficiency Investments

  1. Boost your insulation – Most southern Maine and New Hampshire homes – especially older ones – are under-insulated. A one-time investment in proper insulation can cut your energy bills by up to 10 percent every year. Check out these DOE insulation tips and guidelines.
  2. Upgrade your windows – If your budget allows, consider replacing single pane windows with Energy Star™ rated models. You’ll have fewer drafts, which will take some of the pressure off your gas furnace.
  3. Install a new heating system – Most of today’s high-efficiency home comfort equipment performs significantly better than older equipment – especially if that equipment hasn’t been properly maintained. If you’re replacing a 10-year-old system, your heating bill might drop 25 percent or more – enough to offset the investment in a new unit in just a few years.

Save money this fall and winter with a heating system upgrade, or a Service Plan for your heating oil- or propane-fired heating system! Contact us today to learn more, or to get a FREE, no obligation estimate on a new home heating system from P. Gagnon & Son.