As the temperatures outside dip below freezing, our gas and hydro bills heat up. We use lights and appliances for longer hours thanks to dark weather, causing our heating costs to soar as soon as frost appears on our windows. Fortunately, there are a few ways you can beat your bills this holiday season! Here are our top tips on how to save.
- Switch your light bulbs: Replace your current light bulbs for fluorescent (CFL) or LED light bulbs. They’re 75% more efficient than traditional light bulbs, which can translate to savings on your monthly bill. Don’t forget to turn them off when you don’t need them, too!
- Purchase high efficiency appliances: When it’s time to replace your aging appliances, look for Energy Star alternatives. They’re more efficient than older models, and use up to 40% less energy. This can translate to a difference of 92% on your gas bill!
- Draft-proof your home: One of the easiest and cost-efficient ways to save on energy costs is by draft-proofing your home to eliminate small cracks around windows and doors. Use caulking or weatherstripping to repair and seal spaces in interior joints, around pipes and vents, and windows.
- Keep it cool: We all like to be cozy at home, but with rising heating costs, it pays to keep the thermostat a few degrees cooler. At night and while you’re out of the home, set your thermostat to 16C. At home, aim for 20C. Blankets and light sweaters are a comfy part of winter wear inside.
Whether you can make every change, or just a few, being conscious of your household’s energy consumption will make a direct impact on the size of your winter gas bill. Turn off lights, unplug appliances, look for energy-efficient alternatives, and you’ll be set!
If you need help deciding on which appliances are best for your home and usage, or need help with installation, give us a call to speak to a technician today.