16 Energy-Saving Tips to Keep You Warm and Save Energy
- Put on a sweater and lower your thermostat to potentially save energy.
- Make sure you change the direction of airflow on your ceiling fan. In the winter, change your fan's direction to turn clockwise, drawing cooler air up and allowing warmer air to be pushed toward the floor.
- Put down a rug to help insulate your floors.
- Install a furnace filter alarm. This will let you know when it's time to change your filters. Don't forget to check your furnace filter monthly during the winter months and replace it if it's dirty. Keeping the filter properly maintained can also improve air quality.
- Keep air vents clear of furniture and appliances so heat from the furnace can be dispersed into the room.
- Heat recovery ventilators improve indoor air quality by expelling stale indoor air and using its heat to pre-heat the incoming fresh air. Pre-heating the incoming air allows you to use less energy since the air won't have to be warmed as much.
- Avoid heating areas that are not insulated, such as a garage, crawlspace, attic, or storage sheds.
- Close furnace vents and doors to avoid heating unused rooms.
- If you have a fireplace, consider installing a fireplace thermostat to help control your room temperature.
- To check if a door provides good insulation, place your hand on it from the inside. If it feels colder than the inside walls, it might be time to install a door that's better insulated. Install fully insulated doors on all entrances to garages, cold storage rooms, and un-insulated basements.
- Clear plastic sheeting on your windows can add more insulation and reduce icy drafts with minimal effort and minimal cost.
- Cranking up the heat to warm your house quickly does not work because your house will warm up at the same rate regardless of the temperature setting.
- Don't lose heated air up your chimney! The chimney acts like an open window. Be sure your damper is closed when the fireplace is not in use to prevent heat loss. Check the seal on the flue damper and make sure it's as snug as possible. Consider installing tempered glass doors and a heat-air exchange system that blows warm air into the room.
- Open the drapes or blinds on sunny days and bask in the 'free' heat. Keep south-facing windows squeaky clean to let the light through. Remember to close the drapes or blinds when the sun sets.
- Adding a humidifier to your heating system may allow you to turn your thermostat down and be comfortable at lower temperatures. Aquariums and houseplants can also add humidity.
- Canadians rely heavily on electrical lighting during the long, dark winter nights. Help conserve energy by installing automatic timers, motion sensors and dimmers at your house.
Following these simple tips steps could help keep your family warm while reducing energy consumption in your home.
Note: These tips are suggested as general practices. However, actual results may vary.