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Reducing Home Heating Costs

Fall and winter might not be harsh in Florida compared to other states, but you may need to heat your home to stay warm during these seasons. Unfortunately, heating can be expensive and waste energy. Follow these suggestions to save money and energy while heating your home.

  • Contact your energy provider to receive a free energy audit. You can also use the Department of Energy’s assessment to determine how much energy your home uses. 
  • Inspect windows, doors, and chimneys to check for air leaks. Seal any leak with caulk or weatherstripping.


  • Heat your home with sunlight by opening curtains on south-facing windows. Close the curtains at night to reduce the chill from cold windows.
  • Cover the inside of windows with a clear plastic sheet (on a frame) or tape clear plastic film to frames. If windows still feel drafty, install insulating drapes or shades. 

Heating System

  • Ensure your heating system is working efficiently by performing regular required maintenance.
  • Set home thermostats to 68°F or as low as comfortable.
  • Take advantage of a programmable thermostat, which allows you to schedule when the heating system operates and at what specific temperature.
  • Lower your water heater’s temperature to the warm setting.

To learn more about reducing home heating costs, visit the Department of Energy.

Adapted and excerpted from:

Fall and Winter Energy-Saving Tips,” U.S. Department of Energy (10/2013).

Heating & Cooling,” UF/IFAS Extension Living Green (Accessed 12/2014).

Money Saving Tips,” UF/IFAS Extension Living Green (Accessed 12/2014).


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