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Winter Heating Tips: How To Lower Your Utility Bills

Winter Heating Tips: How To Lower Your Utility Bills

When the temperatures start plummeting outside, it’s only natural that you’ll want to turn up the heat inside your home. But is there a way to stay warm all winter long without paying an arm and a leg in heating costs?

The good news is that, yes, by following a few simple tips, you can stay warm and toasty during the winter without shelling out a fortune to the local utility company.

Dress Warm Indoors

Some people, inexplicably, think that dressing in a T-shirt while at home is somehow appropriate during the winter months. You may not like bundling up too much when you’re home, but a few smart choices can help you stay a lot warmer:

  • Wear multiple layers both up top as well as your legs.
  • Remember that jeans are just thin cotton and don’t retain heat very well.
  • Choose warm slippers that completely enclose your feet.
  • Find a knit toque or warm hat that you can feel comfortable wearing indoors.
  • Wear fingerless gloves. They’ll keep your hands warm while allowing you to do things like cook, read, and surf the internet on your laptop.

Winter Heating Tips: How To Lower Your Utility Bills Ceiling Fan ImageEfficient Heating

Don’t make your heating system work any harder than it has to.

  • Make sure your heating system has been given a clean bill of health by a professional company.
  • Close the damper on the fireplace to prevent warm air being sucked out of your home that will cause a draught.
  • Keep your blinds or curtains open during the daytime to help create a “greenhouse effect” inside your home. At nighttime, though, be sure to close them again in order to keep out the cold.
  • Clean and dust all radiators and heating vents.
  • Seal off any unused spaces or rooms like garages, closets, and attics. Be sure to close off the heat in those rooms as well.
  • Try not to use kitchen or bathroom exhaust fans as these pull heated air out of your home.
  • For ceiling fans, make sure they’re lifting air up rather than pushing air down. This will help better circulate heated air.
  • Turn down your thermostat or shut off the heat entirely during the nighttime and when nobody is home.
  • Prune back any shrubbery or trees that are blocking sunlight from entering your house.
  • Contact Energy Efficiency Alberta for a free check-up and energy loss assessment.
  • Improve your home’s energy efficiency and get up to $3,500 in rebates.
  • Use a “smart” thermostat that turns down the heat automatically when you’re not around.
  • Try an electric blanket if you’re feeling cold at night as it’s less expensive than heating the entire room.
  • Make sure all exterior vents (such as your clothes dryer) are well-sealed.
  • Cover your water heater with an insulating jacket.
  • Turn down your thermostat. Just one degree cooler can save you a lot of money in the long run.
  • Consider using a space heater for rooms that you use the most often.

Other Useful Tips

Choosing the right winter weather “gear” for your home can also make a big difference:

  • Insulated curtains help prevent heat escaping via the windows.
  • Put warm blankets on all of your sofas.
  • Use flannel sheets for your bed.
  • Wear flannel pyjamas when you sleep.
  • Use a hot water bottle in bed.
  • Put down rugs on cold floors.
  • Low-flow showerheads use half the hot water as a normal shower head.
  • Enjoy hot drinks like cocoa and tea and choose hot soups for meals in order to warm yourself up from the inside.
  • Avoid alcohol. Although drinking alcohol makes you feel warmer, it actually robs your body’s core of its vital heat.
  • Leave the oven door open after you cook something.
  • Be sure to drink plenty of water as it helps your body function more efficiently.

With a little effort and home maintenance, it’s possible to save substantially on your heating bills without sacrificing your comfort.

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