As most of us already know, the hydro prices have continued to soar in Canada. While we’re all feeling the pinch, the winter season adds even more strain with heating bills to worry about as well.
To help ease the burden a bit, check out these 4 tips on reducing your winter bills. We’ve given you some relatively easy steps you can take. But, adding all these little steps together could turn into major savings for you throughout the winter.
1. Equip and Use a Programmable Thermostat
This one should go without saying – but many people still don’t use the programming features of their thermostats! Every 1 degree you adjust your thermostat saves you 2% on your energy costs. That means a smart program that lowers your home’s temperature when you’re not there could save you hundreds – or even thousands – on your winter heating.
If you have an old fashioned thermostat, you can get a programmable one equipped for usually less than $100. And trust us when we say it’s money well spent.
2. Find and Cover Drafty Doors and Windows
Heat loss is one of the largest sources of added energy expenses during the winter. And the two biggest places you lose heat are through your windows and your doors. If you can’t replace older windows, use plastic wrap insulation during the cold months. You can also use thermal curtains to help keep the cold away. Even an under door draft stopper can make a big difference in terms of your overall heat savings.
3. Let the Sun in When You Can
While thermal curtains are great when it’s cold and dark, take advantage of Mother Nature when the sun is shining. Sunshine – particularly from the south – can bring some significant heat into your home through your windows. Open up those curtains on warm and sunny winter days to take advantage of the heat transfer.
4. Change Your Furnace Filters
Seriously – when was the last time you had your filters changed in your heating system? Dirty filters aren’t just bad for your allergies – they can seriously affect your heater’s efficiency. Replace them with clean filters to keep your system running smoothly.
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