DAVID YAM

Broker
1055 McNicoll Ave., Toronto 416.491.4002

DEC
17

Tips to Save on Your Heating Bill

Posted by DAVID Yam B.A.

 
The weather outside is frightful, but if you follow these money-saving tips, you can avoid a 
scary heating bill this winter:
  • Lower your thermostat. Set it between 68 to 70 degrees when you're home. Lower the temperature at night. If you'll be out of the house for longer than 4 hours, lower the temperature to 62 degrees. Remind everyone to put on a sweater, warm pajamas, and wear slippers or socks. Add an extra blanket or quilt to your beds.
  • Buy a programmable thermostat. A smart thermostat can be set to change the temperature for you and will only set you back about $75-$150.
  • Clean or replace your furnace filters regularly. Inspect them monthly - especially during the colder months.
  • Replace worn weatherstripping around window and doors.
  • Insulate your attic access door.
  • Don’t cover heating registers with furniture or rugs.
  • Set your hot water tank to 120 degrees or lower.
  • Use lower temperatures when washing laundry. Use a cold rinse whenever possible. Empty the lint trap before every dryer cycle. Consider line-drying clothes instead of using the dryer.
  • Open curtains and blinds on sunny winter days to help warm your home, but make sure to close them at night to help keep heat in.
  • Limit use of a gas fireplace.
  • Restrict warm air from unused areas. Close vents and doors to unused rooms.
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