From weather-stripping windows to changing your air filters, these smart and simple tips can help keep your family cozy and your energy costs low this winter.

Maintain your heating system

Hire a qualified professional to inspect and clean your heating system. This will help ensure efficient performance. If your system is older or in need of repair, consider upgrading to an ENERGY STAR®-certified electric heat pump. Air-source heat pumps draw heat out of the air, providing highly efficient heating and cooling in one unit. ENERGY STAR models are independently tested to ensure efficient performance.

Make a thermostat adjustment

While everyone has their own comfort level, the U.S. Department of Energy recommends a temperature setting of 68°F to save energy while staying comfortable. To save even more, lower the temperature setting a few degrees overnight or when no one is at home. Install a smart, programmable thermostat with remote control to optimize savings, comfort and convenience.

Keep the warm air flowing

Change your air filter regularly according to the manufacturer’s instructions. A dirty filter restricts airflow, making your heating system work harder to keep you comfortable. Also, make sure heating vents are uncovered by carpets or furniture.

Weatherize your home

Air leaks in windows and doors can reduce comfort and waste energy. Check for gaps around windows and exterior doors and seal any you find with caulk or weather-stripping. If you suspect your home is poorly insulated, contact a qualified insulation contractor to inspect it and ensure that it is properly insulated according to recommended levels.

Free home energy audit

Did you know that Kerrville Public Utility Board offers both residential and commercial energy audits? This program is a free service to our residential customersNow is a perfect time to get a home energy audit. During the energy audit, one of KPUB’s qualified energy contractors will inspect your home or business and provide a written report making cost-saving recommendations to help lower your energy costs this winter and all year long.

Click here to learn more about KPUB’s free home energy audit program.