Check to see if the attic and basement have the recommended levels of insulation.
See if you qualify for an audit conducted as part of the WMGLD incentive and rebate program administered through the Massachusetts Municipal Wholesale Electric Company’s (MMWEC), Home Energy Loss Prevention Service (HELPS) program. Customers may ask questions through the energy hotline at 888-333-7525 or 888-335-7203, or via the Internet at www.munihelps.org.
Conduct a home energy audit on your own. You can access the US Department of Energy at www.homeenergysaver.lbl.gov for a do-it-yourself home energy audit feature.
Install thermal or storm windows or double-paned windows. A less-expensive alternative is plastic sheeting that can be temporarily fastened over doors and windows to prevent drafts and retain heat.
When buying new appliances, check the energy rating. Always buy an Energy Star rated appliance. You may qualify for a WMGLD rebate.