Saving Energy In Your Home This Winter

Desiree Palmer
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Saving Energy In Your Home This Winter

Some tips to save energy while you stay warm!
 
  • Install a programmable thermostat: When properly set, a programmable thermostat can reduce heating and cooling costs by up to 10 per cent. Set your thermostat to 20°C when you're at home and 18°C when sleeping or away.
 
  • Reduce drafts: Installing weatherstripping and caulking around windows, doors and dryer vents and insulated plates on outlets can help save up to 30 per cent a year on heating costs.
 
  • Service your furnace: Have a qualified technician service your furnace on a regular basis to ensure it is working at maximum efficiency. Clean or change the filter regularly - a dirty filter reduces airflow and makes the furnace work harder to circulate the air.
 
  • Go off-peak: Take advantage of lower energy prices during off-peak hours. Off-peak hours are 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. on weeknights and all day on weekends and statutory holidays.   
 
  • When not in use, turn off the juice: Devices like computers, TVs, and smart phone chargers continue to consume small amounts of electricity unless they are unplugged. Try plugging these items into a power bar with a switch or timer so you can easily turn them off when they are not needed.
 
  • Lock in the heat: Close heat registers and doors in unused areas of the house and prevent warm air from escaping by closing the fireplace damper.
 
  • Save energy on lighting: Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs)CFLs use 75 per cent less electricity than incandescent.
 
  • Cover water pipes: Pipe insulation helps maintain water temperature and allows you to turn the water heater down, which saves energy.
 
  • Let the sunshine in: Keep curtains open during the day to draw in sunlight. Solar energy can help naturally warm your home.
 
  • Reconfigure for warmth: Change the furniture configuration to ensure heat vents, radiators or baseboard heaters are not obstructed by furniture.

These tips are from the government of Ontario. To read more tips and advice, get information about home energy rebates and low income help, visit https://saveonenergy.ca

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