You can save energy and money on your heating bills by simply resetting your thermostat when you are asleep or away from home.  When you are home and awake, set your thermostat as low as is comfortable. Try 65 degrees or lower and just add some extra warm layers of clothing.  This is one instance when “going low” is considered a good thing!

When you are asleep or out of the house, turn your thermostat back 10 degrees for eight hours and save around 10% a year on your heating bills. A smart or programmable thermostat can make it easy to set back your temperature.

Using a programmable thermostat, you can adjust the times you turn on the heating according to a pre-set schedule. Programmable thermostats can store and repeat multiple daily settings (six or more temperature settings a day) that you can manually override without affecting the rest of the daily or weekly program.

Remember, if you haven’t had an energy audit in the last few years or haven’t had your house insulated, it might be a good time to take action. Insulating your house will keep the heat your furnace produces in your home, making you feel warmer and saving you money. (Green Newton’s Newton Energy $avers program can help.)