How to Save on Your Energy Bills This Winter

Looking for ways to save money this year? Making your home more energy efficient is a great way to do so.

Making your home more energy efficient can involve making small investments up front but will help save money in the long run. Here are some pointers for each room in your home: 

Bedroom

  • Use a comforter or an extra blanket in the winter so you can lower your thermostat when you go to bed.
  • Check your windows to see if there are any gaps. Recaulk to seal any leaks. Consider installing double pane windows.
  • Use curtains to help control temperature. When intense summer sunshine hits the windows during the day, close your blinds or curtains to keep out the heat. During the winter, keep them open on sunny days, but closed at night to keep the heat inside. 
  • Consider a ceiling fan to help cool your room down on those hot summer nights.

 

Kitchen

  • Use glass or ceramic dishes in the oven. The food will cook just as fast in these dishes, but you can turn the temperature down by up to 25 degrees Fahrenheit, thus saving you a lot of energy.
  • Use the right sized burner. When you use a small pan on a large sized burner, you are producing more heat than you need, so you are wasting energy. To make your stovetop more energy efficient, always match the pan size to the burner size.
  • Keep the oven door closed. When you open the door to sneak a peek, the temperature in your oven can drop by approximately 25 degrees Fahrenheit, meaning your oven will have to use more energy to bring the temperature back up once you close the door. Instead of opening the door to see if your food is done, rely on a timer or turn on the oven light to get a closer look.
  • Unplug appliances. Whether it is a toaster oven, coffee machine or blender, everyone has an appliance or two in the kitchen that they don’t use that much. Make sure you are keeping these appliances unplugged unless you need to use them, otherwise they will waste energy—even if they are turned off.
  • Install low flow faucets. These low flow models are inexpensive and easy to install, so this is a simple project that can easily be done on your own. Once you install the new ones, you’ll see up to a 60% decrease in your water usage!

 

Bathroom

  • Change to a high efficiency showerhead and sink faucet and invest in an efficient toilet
  • Unplug your hair dryer, electric razor and any other hair appliance you use
  • Turn the water off when brushing your teeth
  • Upgrade your exhaust fans – Choose ENERGY STAR® certified models for your bathroom and kitchen and vent them outdoors.

 

Rest of the House

  • Install a programmable thermostat. Lower your home temperature at night and whenever you’re away for several hours.
  • Change your bulbs – Buy long-lasting ENERGY STAR® certified compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) or light emitting diodes (LEDs).
  • Plug into power bars – Choose models with timers or master plugs that can power-down devices when they’re not in use so they don’t consume standby power.
  • Insulate your pipes – Cover the first two metres of hot and cold water pipes with foam sleeves or insulating wrap to save on water heating costs and lower water usage. (Leave a 15 cm (6-inch) clearance between insulation and vent pipes on fuel-fired water heaters.)

Check out Natural Resources Canada for more ideas and suggestions.

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