1. Heating tips
- Put on a sweater and lower your thermostat by 2°C (4°F). Save as much as 4% on your heating bill.
- Throw down a rug. You'll help insulate your floors, and cut down on the noise too.
- Program your thermostat. A lower temperature at night and after you leave for work can save up to 10% on your heating bill. Don't reduce the temperature more than 3 - 4°C (6 - 8°F).
- Check your furnace filter monthly and replace if dirty. A properly maintained furnace reduces energy consumption and could save up to 5% on your heating costs.
- Install a furnace filter alarm on your furnace. It will make a whistling sound when it is time to change your filters.
- Check supply and return air vents. Make sure they are not blocked by furniture, drapes and appliances.
- Install a heat recovery ventilator. It improves indoor air quality by expelling stale indoor air and uses its heat to pre-heat the incoming fresh air.
- Open the drapes or blinds on sunny days. South-facing windows provide free heat. Remember to close the drapes or blinds when the sun sets.
- Add a humidifier to your heating system. The humidity may allow you to turn down your thermostat and still be comfortable.
- Don’t crank up the heat. The house will warm up at the same rate, regardless of the temperature setting.
- Don’t heat uninsulated areas. Typically, garages, crawl spaces, attics and storage sheds do not need to be heated.
- Furnace maintenance saves energy. A tune-up can save 3 - 10% on your next heating bill. Clean or replace your furnace filters regularly for even more savings.
2. Fireplace tips
- Split wood into pieces that are 10 - 15cm (4 - 6") in diameter. The wood will burn more cleanly with more surface area exposed to the flame.
- Install a fireplace thermostat. It will help you control your room temperature.
- Damper tips:
- Close the damper when the fireplace is not in use.
- Check that the seal on the flue damper is as snug as possible.
- Consider installing tempered glass doors and a heat-air exchange system that blows warm air into the room.
- Reduce heat loss by opening dampers in the bottom of the firebox (if provided) or open the nearest window slightly and close the doors into the room.
- Lower your thermostat setting to between 10° - 13°C (50°F - 55°F).
- Don't use your fireplace when the outside temperature is below -7°C (19°F). The cold air coming into your house through the open flue wastes more heat than is gained.
3. Insulation tips
- Check your attic insulation. If there is less than R-22 (7” of fibreglass or rock wool or 6” of cellulose) you could benefit by adding more.
- Consider installing roof vents and inlets to improve ventilation.
- Put clear plastic sheeting on your windows. It will add more insulation and reduce icy drafts with minimal effort and cost.
- Check the insulation in your doors. Place your hand against it from the inside. If it feels cooler than the inside walls, install a door that's better insulated.
- Install fully insulated doors on all entrances to garages, cold storage rooms and un-insulated basements.
- Keep the garage door tightly closed as much as possible. It will keep warmer air against the garage-side wall of the house and act as a buffer against the colder air outside.
4. Lighting tips
- Install automatic timers, motion sensors, dimmers and solar cells. They will help you conserve energy.
- Switch from traditional bulbs to energy efficient lighting. Use up to 40% less energy both indoors and out.
- Switch off the lights when you leave a room. It costs about $2.55 per year to light one room for one hour - easy money to save.
Enercare | Winter Energy Efficiency Tips