While high-tech heating systems can cut your heating bill by hundreds of dollars, there are also several simple, low-tech ways to save this winter. Here are a handful from Oilheat America, a leading industry group:

  • Harness the sun     Sunshine is free heat. Open shades and drapes during the daytime – especially on the south side of your home – to let in the sun’s warmth.
  • Reduce your water heater temperature    For every 10-degree reduction, you’ll cut 3% – 5% from your water heating costs.
  • Keep the heat in    Be sure to close your kitchen vent and fireplace damper when not in use. Also:  keep closet doors closed.
  • Don’t use space heaters   This heat may feel good, but it’s among the least efficient – thereform, most expensive to operate.