Turn Down the Heat
According to Home Services.ca, if you lower your thermostats by just one degree, during at least 8 hours a day, you could save up to 2% on your heating bill. And some sources, such as Energy.gov., state that for every degree you lower your thermostat, your heating bill goes down by 1%. So why not give it a go? For starters, you could try lowering your thermostat at night before you go to bed when you are least likely to notice the change in temperature.
Many people chose to lower the degree to which they heat their home at specific times, for instance, when they go to sleep, or while they are away at work. If this is something you would like to do, and you don’t want the hassle of always having to adjust your thermostats’ settings, then you can exchange your manual thermostats for programmable ones, which you can find at any hardware store.
Save money by dressing warmer even when you’re inside your home. For example, instead of reaching for that thermostat when you feel chilly, why not grab a sweater?
Alone the same lines, add warmth to your home when winter season hits. Do this by using thicker fabrics for curtains, heavier tablecloths, and cozy throws. Also, switch to flannel bedsheets and add extra blankets; this will help you keep warm at night, especially if you plan to lower your thermostat at night, as per the above suggestion.
In its section entitled “Keeping the Heat In”, Natural Resources Canada explains that windows and doors can account for up to 25% of the heat loss in your home. So, look around for these potential sources of cold air and seal them as necessary. Since there are many methods of weatherstripping, you will likely need to do a bit of research to find out which one is more appropriate for your needs.
Use Your Ceiling Fan
Did you know that a ceiling fan can help cut heating costs? To benefit from this feature, when the cold weather arrives, make sure you set your fan to turn clockwise. This will allow it to pull in the hot air that is at ceiling level, and then disperse it downwards, providing a more even distribution of heat.
These here are just a few things that can help us use energy more wisely, and heat in a more cost-effective manner. Why don’t you try them out and see how, with even just a minimal effort, you too can end up saving big bucks on your next heating bill?