Save Energy This Winter

While you're roasting your chestnuts on that open fire, you're also letting plenty of heat escape up through the chimney. Luckily, at AOL Real Estate we've got some great ideas to help you save energy this winter.

Check out these energy-saving guides:

Follow our advice, and you and your family will stay warmer while keeping more heating dollars in your pocket. Who knows--with all the money you save, there just might be a few extra presents under the tree next Christmas.

Want more home improvement ideas? Check out these helpful guides from AOL Real Estate:
Top 10 Home Improvements That Pay You Back
Top 5 Home Improvement Projects for Winter

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I turn off my heat during the day when not at home. I turn it way down at night while I am sleeping. A timer on the thermostat guarantees waking up to a cozy house.
Turn off the hot water heater during the day. Even if you are home, the water is plenty warm to wash your hands etc. A timer on the water heater is a good idea as well.
According to the power and gas company, I consistently have the cheapest bills in the neighborhood.

December 30 2010 at 8:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Rooftop Voter

A little off topic but energy-themed nonetheless: some Einstein on TV the other day stated that the best way for Americans to become less dependent on $5.00 a gallon gasoline in the coming years is to simply drive less............Wow, why din't I think of it?? Oh, that's right, I do not have one of dem college deeegrees! O crap......

December 30 2010 at 7:02 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

So far this winter my a/c has been on more than my heater. Hee in South Texas we have 1 or 2 nights where we turned our heater on at 67 degree setting otherwise the house maintained a 67-70 degree temp. Maybe because years ago I replaced my windows and doors

December 29 2010 at 8:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

eeeeeeeeeeh !!!!!!!!! just do like jimmuh carter said : put on a sweater.
total rerun of the 70s and America remains DEPENDENT on foreign oil inspite of HAVING EVERYTHING NEEDED RIGHT HERE.--as for the fireplace sucking the heat outta your home ??? BS. it provides a needed air exchange preventing moisture build up, mold and mildew forming and ventilation for the home and when properly ""banked"" PROVIDES HEAT.

December 29 2010 at 1:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply