The Heating Season Footprint

When power plants burn fossil fuels to make electricity, they release greenhouse gases. By using less energy at home, you help reduce the emissions that contribute to climate change.


Climate change is a real, urgent, & global challenge

Human activities such as electricity production & transportation add significant amounts of carbon pollution to the atmosphere.

Carbon pollution, along with other greenhouse gases, is the primary cause of most of the global temperature rise over the past 50 years.

The impacts of global warming include:

Unchecked carbon pollution threatens human health, society, and ecosystems.

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Annual household electricity use: 12,000 kWh

Annual household emissions: 24,000 lbs CO2

A breakdown of the largest components of the typical house's annual utility bill: $2,000 total

29% Heating; 13% Cooling; 12% Lighting; 13% Water Heating; 5% Washer & Dryer


If it's time to replace your heating system, consider ENERGY STAR.

Depending on where you live, replacing your old heating and cooling equipment with equipment that has earned the ENERGY STAR can cut your annual energy bill by more than $115.

138 pounds = The annual emissions from 1.2 million cars

If just 1 household in 10 bought heating and cooling equipment that has earned the ENERGY STAR, we would prevent annual greenhouse gas emissions of 13 billion pounds (1.2 million cars)


  1. Keep the Cold Out and the Warm In:
    Sealing air leaks found around outer walls, windows, doors, etc. and adding insulation can save you up to 20% on your heating bills.
  2. Heat Your Home Efficiently:
    Maintaining your HVAC system can save you big on your utility bills and your comfort.
    • Check your furnace's air filter once a month and, at a minimum, clean or replace it every three months.
    • Seal and insulate air ducts, especially those in your attic or crawlspace, to improve your HVAC system's efficiency by as much as 20%.
    • Consider a yearly professional tune-up ofyour HVAC system .
  3. Program for Savings:
    If you do not yet have a programmable thermostat, you need to get one -and then program it for savings.
    • Set it up to match your schedule and save about $180 a year!
    • To maximize savings without sacrificing comfort, program your thermostat to lower the heat by 8°F or more when you're away from home or asleep.
  4. Make "Bright" Choices for Lighting:
    Choose ENERGY STAR certified LED bulbs.
    • LED bulbs that earn the ENERGY STAR label are independently certified to ensure they deliver on brightness and color, and shine light where you want it.
    • ENERGY STAR LED lighting comes in a variety of shapes, sizes, and styles for all your home needs, including light strings for the holidays.
  5. Save Energy While Enjoying Football Season:
    You can even save energy and money while sitting on the couch with an ENERGY STAR certified TV!
    • A home equipped with TVs, set-top boxes, a Blu Ray player and a home theatre in a box that have earned the ENERGY STAR, can save more than $280 over the life of the products.
    • If you're streaming video, laptops and tablets use the least amount of energy. If you are using another device, choose equipment that has earned the ENERGY STAR.

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Learn more at EPA's ENERGY STAR program offers tips & product information to help you fight climate change in your own home.

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