Reducing Utility Bills During the Winter
Living in Canada, increased utility bills are inevitable during the long, harsh winters, but that doesn’t mean you can’t reduce them. With these five simple tips, you can decrease your utility bills this winter and save more of your hard-earned money.
Replace Worn Weatherstripping
Having worn or damaged weatherstripping on your windows and doors can negatively impact your utility bills during the winter months. If your weatherstripping is damaged, it will let cold air in and warm air out, which forces your furnace to work harder. Studies have shown that air leakage can account for 25% of the heat loss in your home, which is then reflected in your monthly bills.
Use the Sun to Your Advantage
Regardless of how cold it is outside, if the sun is shining it can help naturally warm your home and reduce your winter utility bills. Normally during the winter, it’s best to keep curtains and blinds closed because you can lose a lot of heat through your windows, but when the sun is shining, open any window that receives direct sunlight. Windows that face south tend to receive the most sunlight during the day, so on sunny days, blinds and curtains can be left open until it gets dark again.
Keep Vents Clear
It can be hard to keep your vents clear when you are arranging your furniture, but if you block your vents your heating system cannot operate effectively. If you want to save money on your utility bills during the winter, arrange your rooms so that the air vents are clear and the hot air can flow freely.
Program Your Thermostat
Programmable thermostats are a great way to reduce your utility bills during the winter without sacrificing comfort. All you need to do is set the temperature to be lower when you are away from your home and warmer an hour or so before you return; that way you’re not wasting money heating an empty home. Studies have shown that reducing the temperature in your home by one degree can cut your heating bills by 5-7%. Keep in mind, if you are only leaving your home for a few hours, keep the temperature the same, as noticeable savings only occur over long durations of time. If you are typically at home all day, keep the thermostat set to the same temperature to maintain an even comfort level. If you set the temperature too low while you are out, you will be running the furnace much longer to reach your desired temperature when you do get home, thus negating any potential savings.
Optimize the Performance of Your Appliances
You can only reduce your monthly utility bills during the winter by so much before you get stumped by your furnace. A high-efficiency furnace is the best way to decrease your monthly bills this winter and for many more to come. They tend to be at least 20% more efficient than older units, which means 20% more of every dollar you spend on your monthly bills is going towards heating your home.
If you want to reduce your utility bills this winter,
contact the experts at HAMCO for help with all of your heating needs.
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