I live in the southeast and, truth be told, I spend way more money on my air conditioning than I do on my heating.
Even so, I do understand the fact that millions of people are looking for ways to save money once it is time to turn the furnace on.
In my neck of the woods, pretty much everyone has electric furnaces that are a part of the central heating and cooling system. All that is involved for people around here is to simply change the switch on their control unit, then move the control unit switch from cooling to heating. This is entirely all every one of us has to do once frosty weather arrives. Other people though, have much more efficient types of furnaces plus often the air conditioning and the heating are not parts of a central unit. Although these types of furnaces are generally more efficient than central heating, every one of us are still looking for ways to save money when it comes to the heating bill each winter season. The first thing you should do is seal any leaks you might have. Get some caulking and go around the windows and the doors. This will help keep the frosty air out plus your heating system will not have to work as hard. The third thing you should do is let there be light. Open your curtains and let the sun shine naturally as a heating system, so that your air is already as moderate as it can be when the heating system engages. The last two things you should do are wear moderately warm clothes around the home and put an extra blanket on the bed. This may seem obvious, but lots of folks prefer to walk around in shorts or just a t-shirt, and that is just putting extra pressure on your oil furnace.