The cold winter months with tons of snow and bone chilling temperatures have officially arrived. I don’t know about you, but after all the fun, family and food that happens during the holidays, getting back to a “normal” life has been tough.
My daughter and I bundled up and heading out for a cold winter walk.
January, February and even March here on Canada’s east coast can be brutal. I’m already longing for the warm days when I can sit out on our deck…but with lots of snow and minus 21C temperatures, that isn’t happening any time soon!
This photo was taken a couple of years ago, when, in a period of 6 or 7 weeks we had more than 17 feet…thats more than 518 centimetres of snow!
And the electric bill, don’t even get me started, I am actually afraid to look at it each month!
So…I decided to do some research on ways to cut down on energy costs during the winter, discovered these great tips, and thought I would share.
10 Easy Tips to Save on Your Energy Bill:
- Install a programmable thermostat: When properly set, a thermostat can reduce heating and cooling costs by up to 10 per cent. Set your thermostat to 20°C when you’re home and 18°C when sleeping or away.
- Protect against drafts: Install weatherstrip around doors, fireplace dampers, attic hatches and air conditioners. Reducing drafts can save up to 30 per cent a year on heating costs.
- Flip your furnace filter: Change your furnace filter monthly. It’s also a good idea to have your furnace serviced by a professional every year to make sure it is running at maximum efficiency.
- Go off-peak: Take advantage of lower energy prices during off-peak hours. Run your dishwasher, washer and dryer early in the morning, in the evening or on weekends when electricity rates are lowest.
- Unplug it: Be sure to unplug electronic items not in use. Devices like computers, TVs, and cell phone chargers continue to consume small amounts of electricity unless they are unplugged. Try plugging these items into a power bar with a switch or timer, so you can easily turn them off when they are not needed.
- Lock in the heat: Block heat from entering unused areas of your house, like a storage room or crawl space, by closing doors. Keep closet doors shut too.
- Opt for efficient lighting: When it’s time to replace a light bulb, choose energy-efficiency compact fluorescent lights (CFLs, LEDs), rather than incandescent lights.
- Let the sun shine in: During the day, keep your curtains open to draw in sunlight. Solar energy can help naturally warm your home.
- Clean your fridge coils: Be sure to regularly brush or vacuum your refrigerator coils to make them more energy-efficient.
- Ditch the drip: Make an effort to quickly repair leaky faucets. Even a small drip can waste litres of water per month and add to your water heating costs.
How do you manage your heating bill during the cold day of winter?
Do you have energy-saving tips you can share with us?