With the winter on the way and with heating costs on the rise, Canadians are always looking for new ways to save energy and save money when it comes to their heating bill. The truth is that the average home cannot afford to waste money unnecessarily when they don’t have to. Money is tight and they need to save any way they can.
The good news is that there are a number of energy saving steps that homeowners can take to save money and reduce their energy consumption during the winter months.
The following are some of the most effective energy saving tips:
- Get your heating system checked: On a yearly basis, it is a good idea for homeowners to have their heating system checked to ensure it is running as efficiently as possible. This will help to not only identify inefficiencies, but reduce energy consumption as well as help you save money on your energy bill.
- Use a programmable thermostat: This will help you keep the temperature in your home under control at all times.
- Turn it down: Too many people have their thermostat too high. If you want to save money, turn it down a few degrees and put on a sweater. This will add up over the winter.
- Manage temperature effectively: Turn down the temperature when you are not at home. Doing this each time will help to reduce energy consumption.
- Use a space heater: Space heaters are ideal in the sense that they allow you to reduce the temperature of your home, but still keep you warm in the room you are occupying.
- Check for drafts: Drafts cause significant energy loss and over consumption. Therefore, it is ideal for homeowners to periodically do a draft check and identify areas where energy is being wasted, with specific emphasis being placed on windows and doors.
- Check your furnace filters: Replacing your furnace filter regularly will increase the efficiency of your furnace and help you save money.
- Use a humidifier: A simple humidifier can make your home feel five degrees warmer than a home with dry air and help you conserve energy at the same time.
When it comes to staying warm during those cold winter nights, homeowners do not have to blast their furnace. By taking the proper steps and following these energy and money saving tips, you can be both comfortable and efficient with your energy use.