As the chill of the fall and winter seasons sets in, Canadians are seeking warmth by turning on the furnace and turning up the thermostat. And while it’s good to stay warm during cold weather, it also unfortunately brings about higher energy bills.
Dave Walton, Director of Home Ideas at Direct Energy, has worked with thousands of homeowners to combat this challenge, providing energy-saving tips and advice about when to implement energy efficiency upgrades.
Here are some of the most effective ways Dave suggests for saving money on your energy bills this season:
• Furnace maintenance – Clean or replace your furnace filter every three months to save as much as five percent off your heating bill. Also, most homeowners might not realize that if you own an older, conventional-burning furnace, it operates at 60 percent efficiency. That means that 40 cents of every dollar you spend heating your home goes right up the chimney. If your furnace is 17 years or older, consider upgrading to a high-efficiency furnace that could save as much as $565 per year on heating costs.
• Invest in a programmable thermostat – Knocking the temperature down and leaving it around 20 degrees at night and during the day when nobody is home can save as much as three to five percent on heating bills.
• Sealing leaks – Up to 20 percent of the heating and cooling costs you incur in your home are lost through poorly fitted windows and doors. By placing fresh caulk and weather stripping around existing openings or installing new energy-efficient windows, homeowners can save as much as $150 a year on their energy bills.
Learn more about improving the energy efficiency of your home by visiting Dave’s Corner.