When looking for great tips to save energy, you come across the wonderful and the strange. Let's start with a link that I found amusing: New CL&P outage map, now updated every 15 min. (hover over a town for details). So the next time your electricity goes out, you can just watch the map to see how things are going. Umm, but how are you supposed to log on when you have no electricity? (Yes, I know my laptop has a battery, but my wireless internet does not.)
The U.S. Department of Energy has a terrific booklet: Tips for Saving Energy & Money at Home. Did you know that only 20% of homes built before 1980 are well insulated? I have added attic insulation, had my house resided (with insulating board underneath), and replaced all the windows with Thermopane windows, so I guess I am part of the 20%!).
My friends around the country may find heating with oil strange, but here in Connecticut many of us have oil delivered to our homes on a monthly basis. The National Oilheat Research Alliance gives some great Tips when Heating with Oil. My favorite is "Open shades and drapes during the daytime to let the sun's warmth enter your home." This is also an excellent idea when you have your home on the market!
This next tip is a little late for me as I put my pellet stove in service about five years ago, but homeowners who purchase a 75%-efficient biomass (wood or pellet) burning stove, fireplace, or insert and place it into service in their home during 2009 or 2010, can receive a U.S. Federal tax credit for 30% of their cost, up to $1,500. This web page lists products that qualify for the tax credit and has a link for Frequently Asked Questions about the credit.
If you are not interested in the work that is involved with a wood or pellet stove (yes, it is a bit more involved than turning on the thermostat), you may be interested in the following: Ductless Heating and Cooling - Incentives and Rebates