Brrrrr: energy saving tips to get through this winter

How are you planning on staying warm this winter?

  • Nov. 2, 2016 8:00 a.m.

Barbara Latkowski

Caledonia Courier

How are you planning on staying warm this winter?

On average, British Columbians spend 60 per cent of their energy dollars on space heating, so it’s worth trying to heat your home as efficiently as possible.

Hydro One has some helpful tips for you to consider.

Make sure your furnace is running smoothly:

• Clean the filter regularly to extend the furnace lifespan and reduce energy.

• Set your furnace fan switch on “automatic” instead of “on” or “continuous”.

If you do use electric space heaters, be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Space heaters are handy but they can also be a hazard if used improperly.

You should never use a space heater to dry flammable items such as clothing or blankets. If using an extension cord, make sure it’s the right size and gauge to carry the electrical load and always supervise children and pets when a portable space heater is in use.

Improper use of space heaters is one of the leading causes of fires and carbon monoxide exposure in homes and cottages.

When using your thermostat, here are some helpful tips to remember:

Try these settings if you have a programmable thermostat:

• 21° (70°F) when you are relaxing;

• 20° (68°F) if you are working or exercising;

• 18° (64°F) for when you are sleeping or away for the day;

• 16° (61°F) when you are away on vacation.

• You can also turn down your thermostat when your fireplace is operating. Fires can draw heat from the room through the chimney, so your furnace has to work even harder.

Stop the drafts and air leaks by sealing windows and doors:

• An inexpensive option is to build a barrier against the cold by sealing your windows with plastic sheeting. All you need is a hair dryer, double sided tape and some inexpensive plastic sheeting. There is indoor and outdoor sheeting available, so be sure to read the label.

• If you cannot seal your windows, try hanging heavy drapes or blinds to help keep the cold out and heat in.

• Rubber weather stripping is also an easy way to seal doors by creating a skirt on the door frame.

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