There are a few simple things you can do to make your home more energy-efficient and use electricity wisely this winter.
Find the air leaks
Warm air leaks and cold air infiltrations can account for up to 25% of a home’s heat loss.
- Caulk and weatherstrip your drafty windows and doors
- Check you weatherstripping regularly to stop drafts and keep the warm air in
- Install outlet covers or insulating foam sealers behind the cover plates of outlets and light switches to cut down on heat loss through the exterior walls
- Seal any gaps around pipe penetration points and duct vents
Replace mechanical thermostats with programmable electronic ones and save up to 10% on your heating costs.
- Lower the heat by just one degree Celsius and reduce your heating costs by 5 to 7%
- Don’t heat unoccupied rooms
- Lower the temperature in unoccupied rooms and close the doors
- Keep your baseboard heaters and hot air registers free of dust
- Keep furniture away from heat sources
- If you have central heating, install smart thermostats that will learn about your daily routine and adjust the temperature automatically for you
- Make sure you don’t overheat your garage
- Open the blinds or curtains of sun-exposed windows and keep the others closed
- Close all your blinds and curtains at night