The Heating Season Footprint

Discover the energy impact of heating your home and discover the five hottest tips to efficiently keep you warm.  

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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.

What is 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:

  • Rising sea levels Melting glaciers
  • Shifting rainfall patterns
  • Unchecked carbon pollution threatens human health, society, and ecosystems.

To learn more about climate change and what you can do to reduce its impacts, visit: epa.gov/climatechange

The Energy Impact of One Household: A breakdown of the largest components of the typical house’s annual utility bill:

  • $2,000 total
  • Annual household emissions: 24,100 lbs CO2
  • Annual household electricity use: 12,000 kWh
    • 29% heating
    • 13% cooling
    • 13% water heating
    • 12% lighting
    • 5% washer&dryer

Saving with ENERGY STAR: 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.

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)

Five Hottest Tips to Keep You Warm

  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 10% on your heating bills.

    • Install weather stripping on doors and caulk around windows.
    • Check your attic insulation level. Learn how at energystar.gov/RuleYourAttic
  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 10%.
    • Consider a yearly professional tune-up of your 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.
    • Don’t forget to turn the lights off when you leave the room.
  5. Save Energy While Enjoying Football Season

    You can even save energy and money during the season while watching your favorite teams with ENERGY STAR certified electronics!

    • 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 $185 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.

For more information visit: energystar.gov/heating

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

Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)