Winter energy use can be costly both in terms of your wallet and your carbon footprint. It can be difficult to coordinate comfort, sustainability and cost during the colder times of our year, however, there are many simple, inexpensive and efficient ways to try and achieve this balance.
- Keep the cold out by sealing your windows. Weather stripping around doors and windows can reduce energy needs by up to a quarter.
- Use an energy-efficient portable humidifier during winter months to increase comfort.
- Let the sun shine in! Keep your curtains and shades open during the day so the sun can naturally warm up your home.
- Wood-burning fireplaces may look cozy, but they actually pull heat up the chimney and let cold in! When you’re not relaxing by the fire, keep the flue shut tight.
- Clean the burners on your gas stove to improve efficiency and use a medium flame to conserve gas for all of your seasonal cooking.
- Reverse the flow of your ceiling fan to push the hot air downward during winter months.
- Inspecting your furnace filter every 3 months can increase its operating efficiency.
- Install a timer on your water heater. By turning it off at night and back on just before you wake up in the morning you can help save money on your energy bill.
- Save money and energy this season by installing dimmer switches to use less electricity and to set the cozy holiday atmosphere.
- For every degree lower you turn down your thermostat, you’ll save on heating costs.
- Set the thermostat between 18°C and 20°C before bed. When properly set, a thermostat can reduce heating costs significantly.
Find the complete list by the Ministry of Energy for the Government of Ontario here.