Winter Energy-Saving Tips

Published on Tuesday, December 13, 2022 in Guides and Tips

Winter's cool temps driving your heating costs up? Try these tips to help save energy.

Find and Seal Leaks

  • Find and seal air leaks in your home. Common sources include utility cut-throughs and plumbing penetrations, gaps around chimneys and recessed lights, unfinished spaces behind cupboards and closets, window and door frames, and outlets and light switches.

Maintain Your Heating System

  • Replace your filter every month.
  • Have your furnace inspected by a professional every year. They will ensure everything is working as it should and can alert you to potential problems before they become an emergency.
  • If you use a pellet or wood stove, clean the flue regularly.
  • When it's time to replace your system, select an energy-efficient model.
  • Vacuum your vents and registers regularly, and ensure that vents aren't blocked by drapery and furniture.

Maintain Your Fireplace

  • Keep the damper closed when not in use. Otherwise, warm air will escape up the chimney.
  • When in use, lower the thermostat and open the nearest window slightly.
  • Install tempered glass doors and a heat-air exchange system that blows warmed air back into the room.
  • Check the seal on the fireplace flue damper and make it as snug as possible. Also, add caulking around the hearth.

Use Ceiling Fans

  • Set your fan to a low speed with the blades rotating in a clockwise direction. This will push the warm air collected at the ceiling around the room.

Lower Your Thermostat

  • Turn down your thermostat by 10 degrees for eight hours, and you could save up to 10% on your heating costs. Consider investing in a smart thermostat that will automatically adjust temperatures for you.

Let the Sunshine In

  • Open curtains or blinds on sunny days to let the sun help warm your rooms.
  • Close blinds and curtains at night to prevent heat from escaping.

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