- Cover all bare floors. Carpeting or rugs add to comfort and heat retention, especially if there is little or no floor insulation.
- Raise the temperature slowly to keep your bill lower. Quickly raising your heat pump's temperature activates the heat strip, which uses tons of energy.
- Set your thermostat to 20-21 degrees during the day in the winter, and 18-20 degrees at night to keep your home comfortable and save on heating costs.
- Close the flue in your fireplace and install glass doors to keep in the warm air.
- Limit your use of portable heaters. They’re great for "spot" heating, but running a 1,500-watt heater 24/7 can be expensive.
- Keep your thermostat close to the outside temperature – it’s cheaper to keep your home at 21°C when it’s 10°C outside than when it’s 0°C.
- Don’t block air vents with drapes and furniture.
- Get an energy-efficient heat pump and you could cut your heating costs in half.
- Change the filters in your heating system every month for optimum efficiency.
- Give your air compressor space to work efficiently. Never stack anything against your HVAC or drape anything over it.
- Set your thermostat to 60 degrees if going on vacation during the winter months, but don’t turn it off.
- Heat your home with the sun's help. Leave window shades or blinds open during the daytime. And consider using solar heat to supplement your normal heating source.
- Lower your thermostat every time you leave the house.
Modified on: Tue, 18 Aug, 2015 at 1:07 PM
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