We all want to do our part to help the planet. During the winter months, however, we might find ourselves using more energy to keep our homes warm and safe. And as we mentioned in the article on Cold Weather Safety Tips for Seniors this month, you don’t want to make your home too cold or even dangerous.
Here are a few tips to save a little energy during the winter months, and help the planet along the way.
Get a smart or programmable thermostat
No need to use extra energy heating your house when you’re not home. Program your thermostat to lower the heat when you’re at work, out running errands, or away for the weekend. 
Use energy-efficient lights
Switch to LED lights this holiday season. Those Christmas lights on the house or around the tree can eat up a lot of energy. Low-energy alternatives are available at your local home improvement store or online. It may be a small change, but it can make a big difference. 
Get your furnace serviced
Before heading into the really cold winter months, have a qualified technician check your furnace. A poorly functioning furnace can cost you money. You may also want to change your furnace filters to achieve better efficiency.
Lower your water heater temperature
Turn your water heater down a few degrees. If you’re going to be out of town for the holidays or other extended period of time, try turning it down even more. Every little bit helps.
Maintain curtain control
During the warmer parts of the day, keep your windows open to allow sunlight and heat to enter the home. When the sun goes down, close curtains to keep the heat in and the colder air out.