It is finally below freezing in my hamlet of Durham, North Carolina, and I am very thankful for the extra insulation that is in our attic now that keeps our furnace from running all night. Although that upgrade was one of the ones made as a result of the Neighborhood Energy Retrofit Program of 2011, I stil have weather-related improvements that I can make to my house to cause the furnace to work less hard. For instance, I need to place the putty-type caulk along all the openings in my 1950s crank windows.
I found this great website that will facilitate those who are similarly looking to reduce their carbon footprint, Resnet.us. It is a website designed by the Residential Energy Savings Network that offers a wealth of ideas about saving energy for each room in the house.
Please check it out, and resove to implement many of the suggestions over this coming year. If you do, it will ensure that you and your family live more comfortably in your house, and that your energy bills are lower. This will be one of the rare instances where costs will decrease in the future, and know that you have direct control of it.
Good luck in your efforts!