Winter is here, and that means that country home and cottage owners are turning up the heat in an effort to keep warm over the colder months. So what’s the best way to keep warm this winter without paying out the nose for it?
The best ways to lower your energy bills low this winter:
Keep your blinds and curtains open during the day. Not only does this add extra light, the sunlight will help warm up the interior of your home during the daytime hours.
Switch to LED Christmas lights. If you have Christmas lights around the exterior of your home or on your tree, they’re on for a good part of the evening. Switch to LED lights, which use less than half of the energy of standard lights.
Install a programmable thermostat. Despite the small upfront cost, it’ll pay for itself. During the day when it’s not too cold or you’re off at work, program the thermostat to keep your home approximately 10 to 15 degrees cooler. Why pay to heat your home during the hours you’re not home? Doing this for just 8 hours a day can lower your bill by 10 per cent.
Make sure your furnace is running efficiently. Change the filter before winter really gets underway. A clean and unclogged filter will ensure that your furnace runs as efficiently as possible.
Prevent the escape of heat from your home. Don’t throw your money out the windows! Ensure that your windows and doors are well-sealed, and that if you have an attic it’s also well insulated on the floors and walls to prevent heat loss.