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Heating and cooling account for about 56% of the energy use in a typical U.S. home, making it the largest energy expense for most homes. <a href="/energysaver/articles/principles-heating-and-cooling">Learn more about the principles of heating and cooling</a>.

Heating and cooling account for about 56% of the energy use in a typical U.S. home, making it the largest energy expense for most homes. Learn more about the principles of heating and cooling.

Did you know that heating and cooling accounts for more than half of the energy use in a typical U.S. home, making it the largest energy expense for most homes? Energy Saver shares tips and advice on ways you can reduce your heating and cooling costs, putting more money in your wallet.

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Energy Saver 101 Infographic: Home Heating
Our new Energy Saver 101 infographic lays out everything you need to know about home heating -- from how heating systems work and the different types on the market to what to look for when replacing your system and proper maintenance. Download a <a href="/node/784286">high-resolution version</a> of the infographic or individual sections. | Infographic by <a href="/node/379579">Sarah Gerrity</a>, Energy Department.

Learn everything you need to know about home heating with our latest Energy Saver 101 infographic.

Thermostats
A digital programmable thermostat set for energy savings during the heating season can save energy and money. | Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto/burwellphotography

In most situations, a programmable thermostat can save you money without sacrificing comfort.

How to Read Residential Electric and Natural Gas Meters
An electromechanical electric meter on the side of a house. | Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto/epantha

Read your own electric and gas meters to ensure accuracy.

Energy Efficiency Upgrades: Benefiting Homeowners and the Environment
Energy efficient upgrades helped Margie Garmey save money while reducing her impact on the planet. | Photo courtesy of Margie Garmey.

Learn how energy efficiency upgrades are helping a homeowner improve her home's comfort and reduce her impact on the environment.

Living Comfortably: A Consumer’s Guide to Home Energy Upgrades
A weatherization worker drills holes to blow cellulose insulation in the interior walls of this home. | Photo courtesy of Dennis Schroeder, NREL

A four-step guide to making your home more comfortable, energy efficient and healthy.