In the winter months we want to make sure our homes are warm and comfortable, even when the weather outside is frightful, but home heating can be costly. The good news? By making sure your home is energy efficient you can conserve energy, lower your heating costs and stay warm this winter!
1. Cover your windows. Thick, heavy window coverings should be opened during the day to let in heat from the sun. When they’re closed at night they will help keep warm air inside of your home. A little air sealing and weatherstripping goes a long way! Pick up some caulking and weatherstripping and make a project of it on the next storm day; sealing up tiny cracks around your windows and doors.
2. Install a programmable thermostat. These thermostats allow you to adjust the heating times according to a pre-set schedule – this way you’re not spending money to heat your home when you’re not there! You can also set the thermostat to a cooler temperature when you’re sleeping to conserve even more energy.
3. Annual maintenance on your heating system. Regardless of your fuel source it’s important to make sure your furnace or boiler gets an annual cleaning. This will make sure it’s operating efficiently and safely throughout the winter months!
For saving energy (and for so many other reasons) blankets, big sweaters, and warm socks are your friend this time of year!! You can turn down the thermostat a couple degrees and stay cozy with wool, fleece, and whatever other soft material tickles your fancy.
Low income residents can access efficiencyPEI’s Home Energy Low-Income Program (HELP) which provides comprehensive air sealing, weatherization, programmable thermostat installation and additional energy efficiency measures free of charge.
More information on rebates and programs provided by efficiencyPEI available online efficiencyPEI.ca.