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
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.