Keeping warm without breaking the bank
Like most Canadians, youʼre probably still recovering from the shock you felt when you opened your recent heating bill. The good news is itʼs not too late to apply energy saving strategies to make a difference on your next bill and keep energy dollars where they matter most – in your wallet.
Drop it down a notch – Reduce the temperature on your thermostat by a few degrees at night or when youʼre away. As a guide, remember that for every one degree reduction on your thermostat, you can save 2 per cent on your heating bill. Installing a programmable thermostat with a timer can also help regulate household temperatures.
Keep up the weatherproofing routine– Checking for cracks in exterior caulking and searching for worn out weather stripping around windows and doors is an autumn ritual that should continue all winter. Ensuring a proper seal against the elements will keep heat in and can save up to 15 per cent on your next heating bill.
Less sunlight = more electric light – The dark days of winter mean household lighting will be working overtime. Electric lights burn up to 25 percent of the average home energy budget so, consider replacing incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescents. These energy savers are four times more efficient and last up to 10 times longer than regular bulbs.
Drape it – When youʼre not letting in daytime sunlight, drawing the curtains at night can reduce heat loss through windows. Heavier drapes combined with energy-efficient windows go a long way to helping get more for your energy dollar.
Be a star – When buying a new major appliance at any time during the year, remember that improving energy efficiency is as simple as looking for the ENERGY STAR® logo on household products.