As winter approaches and the weather gets colder, we all anticipate higher energy bills to keep our homes comfortable. Although more expensive energy bills are common in the cold months across the GTA, they are not necessarily inevitable. There are many things a homeowner can do to decrease the amount spent on keeping the chill at bay for the next 6-7 months.
Here are 5 easy fixes to consider for improved home comfort and decreased costs through the winter:
1. Get a humidifier
Proper humidity levels in the home can actually make you feel warmer, even if your air temperature is the same in a dryer home.
Most homeowners find when they invest in a humidifier, either for the rooms they spend the most time in or a whole home system, they are able to set the thermostat lower than they did prior to improving the humidity levels.
2. Take advantage of programmable thermostats
You can probably live comfortably with a lot less heat than you’re used to. Ensure that during the hours everyone is out of the house, or everyone is in bed, your thermostat is programmed to decrease your heat by 5 or more degrees.
Add an extra blanket to your beds and see how low you can set your heat and remain comfortable for sleep.The thermostat can crank up the temperature an hour before you have to get up and thereby avoid shivering your way to the shower.
3. Ensure HVAC systems are well maintained
A system that isn’t functioning properly, whether due to a clogged filter or a more complicated issue, will not operate as efficiently as a well-maintained system.
Regular annual maintenance – will help you save money in the long run (and also help you delay the need to replace your furnace or other heating system).
4. Heat your water more efficiently
A standard water heater exerts energy all day and night – when you’re at work, asleep, watching a movie, cooking dinner – to maintain a tank full of hot water. This contributes a significant chunk of your energy bill.
Switching to a tankless water heater means you are only using energy to heat water as you require it. You can even finance the purchase and pay it off over time as you see savings.
5. Space heat efficiently
If you spend most of your time in the same areas of your home, you might want to consider space heating those areas with a gas fireplace or stove. These are more efficient at heating small areas than a furnace, and take little time to bring a room back up to a comfortable temperature after a period of time when they have been left off.
You can also block off the vents and close the doors of any rooms you rarely use (kids away at university? Put their rooms in hibernation!)
We can help you save money over the long term. Contact your local ClimateCare member today to learn more.