Five Easy Ways To Reduce Your Heating Costs This Winter:
Winter is just around the corner, and that means colder temperatures will cause your heating costs to rise inevitably. The average family in Ontario spends about 65 percent of all utility bills on heating, with this figure being highest during the winter. Here are a few simple things you can do to your home in order to save money on heating costs this winter:
1) Open up the vents.
As the passageways where heat is circulated in your home, it's important to keep these as clean as possible. Removing any dust will not only improve your home's air quality, but it will also maximize the amount of heat that will circulate in your home.
2) Get your furnace serviced.
Arrange to have your furnace checked out and audited by your local gas company. This can save you up to 10% in heating costs this winter.
3) Prep your windows for winter.
Did you know that the majority of heating is lost through the windows, doors, and cracks of your home? Prevent this from happening by filling in any cracks and lining unused windows and doors with insulation tape. You can also get extra insulation for your windows by investing in some energy efficient window treatments. Many companies now make shades with Energy Shield, which utilizes natural light to conserve the heat in your home. These shades also have special fabric pockets which help to insulate heat.
4) Turn those ceiling fans on.
It sounds unlikely but by having ceiling fans turn upwards, it can help circulate heat flow in a room.
5) Turn down the thermostat during work hours.
Most thermostats have timers. Set yours to a lower temperature when there's nobody at home, and have it automatically start an hour before you come home from work. That way, you're still coming home to a warm home and conserving energy when it's not needed.
Incorporating these simple and easy steps can save you a significant amount on your next heating bill. Not only are you cutting down on expenses, but the environment will thank you for it too for making energy-conscious choices. Follow these tips for a greener, warmer winter season!