It’s the same thing every year: when the weather gets cold in Calgary the heating comes on and our energy bills go up. But as a responsible homeowner, there are many things you can do to reduce your heating bills this winter. Here are some simple methods of reducing the cost of keeping your home warm this winter season.
The Importance of Heating Maintenance
One way of keeping your heating bills down is to ensure that your heating system is regularly serviced and maintained. Evidence shows that having an annual service on your heating system ensures that it is functioning at its optimal level. Any problems that could cause your system to be operating at a sub-par level will be spotted and rectified before they become a major issue. All filters and components will be cleaned to ensure optimal air flow, thus lowering your energy consumption.
Turn Down Your Thermostat
Turning down your thermostat by even just one degree can reduce your heating bill. You will never notice the difference – but your wallet will.
Turn off Heating in Unused Rooms
If there are rooms that are not in use in your home – for example, spare bedrooms – you should turn off the radiators in those spaces. There is no need to heat an unused room, and you will certainly notice the savings when the energy bills come in.
Keeps Blinds and Curtains Closed
Closing the blinds and windows of your rooms will ensure that no heat escapes from the glass. This is especially important if you have large patio-style windows as extensive glass surfaces are a major way of losing warmth from your living spaces.
If you can afford it, having cavity wall insulation put in and adding extra insulation to your attic spaces will dramatically decrease the amount of heat that escapes from your home. This will make your home much cheaper to warm, thus lowering your bills.
Use a Timer
If your heating system has a timer facility, make sure you program it so that your heating only comes on when you require it. This avoids the problem of forgetting to turn the system off when you leave the house or go to bed, and prevents your home from heating up when you aren’t there. You will find that your heating is used less when you use the timer.
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