MELROSE — With cold weather approaching, it’s time to think about simple steps we can take to save money on our heating bills. Using less energy to heat our homes not only makes financial sense but also contributes to a cleaner environment and places less stress on the distribution system. More efficient heating systems also tend to provide more comfort.

If you’re using oil heat, an energy-efficient home helps America become less dependent on foreign petroleum.

On Tuesday, Sept. 30, the Melrose Energy Commission (MEC) will host an Energy Efficiency in Your Home workshop at the Melrose Public Library, 69 West Emerson St., at 7 p.m. The workshop will focus on the various energy-saving options that are readily available and financially feasible for the average homeowner.

These options include:

• Insulation and weatherization

• Deep energy retrofits

• Energy-efficient windows

• HVAC upgrades

• Solar energy

In some cases, energy-efficiency improvements are subsidized by utility rebates.

The cost, applicability and savings potential of these measures will be discussed at the workshop, with a question-and-answer session to follow. Doug Dick, principal of LDa Architects in Cambridge and a longtime MEC member, is the featured speaker.

“This is a great opportunity for Melrose residents to learn important details about making their homes more energy efficient and saving on utility bills,” says MEC co-chair Lori Timmermann. “We’ll help people figure out what the best solutions are for their individual homes and what improvements should be prioritized.

“You don’t have to do everything all at once but it’s helpful to learn what measures are available and the best ways to get them done.”

Another topic of discussion will be free home energy assessments that are provided by Mass Save. An energy assessment by a trained professional is a good way to find out which areas of the home can benefit from efficiency upgrades.

Homeowners who have questions are encouraged to bring photos of their homes. Because each home has its own unique insulation, weatherization and equipment issues, the photo will make it easier to answer specific questions.

For additional information, contact the Melrose Energy Commission at or 781-662-2616.