Bruce Snead, K-State Extension specialist in residential energy prepared a packet of information in order to help homeowners respond to increasing cost of heating our homes. This column is one piece of the packet that I thought was very helpful. 
The article I wanted to share with you is called “12 Simple, No-Cost or Low-Cost Tips to Reduce Heating Costs.”
Reduce thermostat settings to 68 degrees. Reducing your thermostat setting can save substantially on heating costs. Add a sweater and a warm pair of socks, rather than heat. 
Set back thermostat at night and when house is unoccupied. Setting the thermostat back 10 degrees or when the house is unoccupied can save up to 15 percent on heating costs. It is true the furnace will have to run more to reheat the house – the energy saved while the house is cooler more than offsets the extra run time to reheat the home.
Install a programmable thermostat. They provide the ability to lower the home temperature at night and during the day and still have the home warm when you get up or arrive home from work. 
Change the furnace filter. Dirty, clogged filters lower the heater’s efficiency by preventing proper airflow through the furnace. 
Have furnace cleaned and tuned. Helps assure a safe and efficient furnace. Tuning may involve resetting the fuel air mixture for proper combustion and cleaning of the blower and burners to assure maximum airflow and complete combustion.
Let sunshine in south windows during the day. Open drapes on the south side of your home during the day and close them at night. Sun angles are low in winter, allowing substantial solar heating through all south windows. Trim vegetation that shades south windows. 
Check and replace weather stripping on doors and windows. Air leaks around faulty weather stripping on doors and windows contribute to making interior spaces of your home uncomfortable and increases heating costs. Check for drafts and repair or replace worn stripping.
Close storm windows and doors. Storm windows installed over primary windows are almost as good as double pane windows for reducing heat loss, but only if they are kept closed. Make a check of all your storm windows to assure you have closed them when cold weather arrives. 
Operate kitchen and bath vents minimally. These vents exhaust heated air and moisture to the outside. If your home is dry during the winter, you may not need to operate these vents at all. However, if you have condensation on windows, operate the vents to remove cooking and bathing moisture but be sure to turn them off.
Lower the thermostat set point on your water heater. Water temperatures above about 125 degrees are not needed for most tasks. A simple way to check your water temperature is to carefully place the back of your hand under a steady stream of hot water if it is too hot to keep there, it is too hot.
Install a water heater blanket. Older water heaters may not have adequate insulation. Be careful to follow manufacturer’s recommendations and don’t cover the thermostat. 
Reduce hot water use. Reducing hot water use is effective in reducing the cost of heating water. Low-flow showerheads reduce water and energy costs. Take showers rather than baths since showering, in general, takes less water than baths. Modern detergents are formulated to work in cold water so wash in cold water.
Repair leaky faucets. This will save on water and water-heating costs. 
One tip he didn’t mention, dress warmer. Dressing in many layers is a great way to keep warm. I hope this information helps you save money, yet keep warm this winter.