As the wintry chill sets in homeowners are turning up the thermostat for the first time since last winter. Unfortunately, this often results in higher energy bills. In order to cut down on energy use while keeping your home comfortable and safe this winter, it is important to make sure your home is running at peak efficiency.
Here are some of the most effective tips for saving money on your energy bills this season:
1. Maintain your furnace
It is recommended to clean or replace your furnace filter every three months. By regularly cleaning or replacing the filter, you can save as much as 10% off your energy bills.
Clogged filters mean that furnace motors must work harder and use more energy.
2. Take advantage of free heat
Open drapes during the day to let the sun’s rays warm your space.
If you’re entertaining over the holiday season consider lowering your thermostat by a few degrees. A house full of guests will generate extra body heat which helps you reduce energy use while still keeping your home comfortable.
3. Install a programmable thermostat
Knocking the temperature down at night, and during the day when nobody is home, can save as much as 10% on heating bills. By doing this throughout the winter months you’ll see a noticeable different on your energy bills.
4. Seal those leaks
Check for any air leaks or cracks around windows and doors. Up to 30 per cent of the heating and cooling costs in a home can be lost through poorly fitted windows and doors. Caulking and weather stripping around existing openings or installing new energy-efficient windows can save home owners about $150 a year on their energy bills.
5. Get more insulation
Improving your home’s insulation is one of the fastest and most cost effective ways to cut down on heating costs. You should have approximately 12 inches of insulation in your attic, anything less and you should get it topped up.
6. Add a humidifier
Dry, cold air combined with the furnace running can reduce the amount of moisture in the home during the winter. Adding a humidifier to your heating system is one of the best things a homeowner can do to maintain proper moisture levels.
One of the biggest benefits of proper humidification in the home is a financial one. Using a humidifier allows you to turn the thermostat down one or two degrees while still maintaining a comfortable feeling, thus lowering your heating bills.
7. Bonus tip
Operate your oven more efficiently by using the oven light to inspect what you’re cooking or baking. Ovens lose approximately 20 per cent of their heat every time you open the door.
Enercare | Winter Efficiency Tips