How to save money and keep your house warm this win­ter

Some of the best ways to keep your house cosy in a Cana­dian win­ter are the sim­plest

StarMetro Halifax - - DAILY LIFE - Paul F.P. Pogue HOME AD­VI­SOR

Here are some tips to keep your house warm and save on en­ergy — and the bills they bring — at the same time.

Make some ba­sic changes: Some of the most ef­fec­tive ways to warm up your home are the sim­plest. For ex­am­ple, open your blinds in the morn­ing to let in both light and heat dur­ing win­ter. Close them at night to pre­vent a chill from cold win­dows. Switch your ceil­ing fan so it runs clock­wise at a low speed to push the ris­ing warm air down­ward.

Save wa­ter heater use: Most wa­ter heaters are au­to­mat­i­cally set to 60 C. If you lower it to about 49-52 C, you’ll re­duce the amount of fuel used. In­su­late the first one to two me­tres of pipe com­ing out of the heater. Wrap a tank-style heater in an in­su­la­tion blan­ket.

Make your home air­tight: Pre­vent warm air from slip­ping Open your blinds on sunny days to let in the light and heat. Then close them at night to pre­vent a chill from cold win­dows.

out­side by cre­at­ing a tight en­ve­lope. Re­place, caulk or ap­ply weath­er­strip­ping to drafty win­dows and doors. Don’t over­look air leaks from util­ity cut­throughs — the gaps that al­low pipes into your home, as well as

chim­neys and re­cessed lights. Check your ducts to make sure you don’t have holes, which can se­ri­ously af­fect your bills.

Check your fire­place: Keep your damper closed when you’re not burn­ing a fire. Ap­ply weath­er­strip­ping to drafty win­dows and doors to stop cold drafts. Set your ther­mo­stat for lower tem­per­a­tures while you’re away or asleep dur­ing the night.

Check the seal on the flue damper to make it as tight as pos­si­ble. Caulk around the hearth to pre­vent air loss.

Use a pro­gram­mable ther­mo­stat: Set your ther­mo­stat to roll back about 5 or 6 C when WWW.THES­TAR.COM

you’re asleep or out of the house. When you’re home and awake, set the ther­mo­stat as low as is com­fort­able.

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