Housewarmers' Toolkit

The U.S. government’s crystal ball on winter heating bills, known as the “Winter Fuels Outlook,” is predicting a welcome dip in what families that heat their homes with natural gas will pay to stay warm this winter.

Homes with occupants who roll up their sleeves to do some basic weatherizing can easily lop another 5 percent or more off their bills, according to Jerry Bennett, an energy-conservation instructor for Philadelphia’s nonprofit Energy Coordinating Agency.

Check out this special Housewarmers' Workshop section on, containing a lot of useful hints and tips, and read our chat from today with Jerry Bennett. Watch for more installments going forward into the winter!