Home Tips to Save Energy this Winter – Ottawa Area

November 24, 2014

Home Tips to Save Energy this Winter – Ottawa Area

Kemptville Real Estate Winters

Kemptville Real Estate Winters

I t’s here!  This morning we awoke to a fairly convincing blanket of snow outside. It is a strange phenomenon that even though the first real snowfall each year is inevitable and happens within a relatively tight time frame, yet many of us are surprised when it happens.

Even though we have been heating our respective homes for the last several weeks, we will still see temperatures drop and heating needs increase. It helps to follow some basic guidelines and tips for saving energy as we head into serious winter. We have included some Royal LePage Gale tips in this blog, which you should find helpful.

It’s good for your budget and good for the planet.

When you save energy you save money so here are some tips that we will help.

Let’s start with your furnace:

  • • Keep it clean by replacing the furnace filter every 1 – 2 months, dirty filters reduce the air flow.
  • • Annual maintenance if your furnace is working at peak efficiency it will use less energy and cost less to operate.

Thermostat:

  • • Lower your thermostat by 4 to 5 degrees Celsius while you’re sleeping at night and when no one is at home.
  • • Install a programmable thermostat. You can save at least 2%on your heating bill every 1 degrees you turn down your thermostat.

Landry:

  • • Wash full loads
  • • Use cold water
  • • Know your peak and non peak hydro times

Weather-stripping

  • • This does provide a barrier between the fixed and moveable sections of doors and windows.

Windows, doorframes, sills and joints:

  • • Caulk around windows and doorframes. On a windy day feel for leaks around doors and windows.
  • • Keep return air grills and heating vents clear of furniture, rugs and drapes.

Basement:

  • • Add insulation to basement walls

Drapes and Blinds:

  • • On sunny days open south facing drapes and let the sun in, a natural source of heat. Close drapes and blinds at night.

Showerheads and faucets:

  • • Install low-flow showerheads and faucets

Dishwasher:

  • • Always was a full load and air dry on the energy saver setting.

Wood Fireplace:

  • • Close the damper to prevent warm air from escaping through the chimney, and ensure the damper fits property.

Remember every little bit helps!!!

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