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Brr… It’s Cold Out There! Winterize Your Home!

If you have not done so already now would be the time to winterize your home.

Here are some simple tips to reduce your energy bills:  Start out simple and with time-tested strategies.  Your grandmother probably used one of these.  Get yourself a draft snake or you could make one yourself.  Just place a rolled bath towel under a door where a draft may come through.

13264 Fell Rd Fort St. John BC

13264 Fell Rd Fort St. John BC

Change Your Filters

It is easy to forget this important step.  Dirty filters increase energy bills and restrict airflow.  Disposable filters are not as effective as a permanent filter and permanent filters are less hassle.  They may cost more but a genuine HEPA filter will remove up to 99% of airborne particles!

Run Ceiling Fans In Reverse

Many people only use their ceiling fans when it is hot outside.  Your ceiling fan can help you with your heating costs as well.  There is a switch that will reverse the direction of the blades allowing the air that has accumulated near the ceiling to be circulated back down to warm the room.  This alone could cut your heating bill up to 10%.

Turn Down Your Water Heater

Most households do not need to set their hot water thermostat as high as the manufacture suggestions.  Lowering the temperature ten degrees can reduce your costs between 6 – 10%.

Tune Up Your Heating System

Just like your car, the heating system needs a tune up every now and then.  Keeping the system clean and properly adjusted will reduce your energy costs up to 5%.

Pay Attention To Your Thermostat

Why pay for what you do not use.   Turn down the temperature when you leave the building.  For every degree you turn down you can save 1-3% on your heating bill with could be up to $180 a year!

Use Plastic

It may not look all that pretty but adding plastic around your windows can save you!  If installed properly it is essentially invisible.  Just that little buffer can add to your home’s ability to retain heat.

Weather-strip and Caulk

A leak around the window can cost your 5% more on your heating bill.  Feel around your windows and doors.  If there is a leak you will feel the air blowing through.  Seal up the gaps with caulking and weather-stripping.

Wear A Sweater

Most of us already have a sweater in the closet or a light jacket that could be worn easily enough, as apposed to turning up the thermostat a notch.  Remember every time you turn up the thermostat it costs you money.  Wearing a sweater means you could keep the thermostat one degree lower and save a little more on that heating bill.

Add Insulation

Adding insulation is one of the best ways to save on your energy bill.   Add more insulation to your attic or in between the walls and you will save for years to come.

Insulate Your Pipes

If you insulate your water pipes you could pay less for your hot water and decrease the chance of the pipes freezing, which can be very expensive.  If the pipes are warm when you touch them then consider insulating them.  You can get foam that is already split and cut it to size and slip it in place.

Seal Up Your Ducts

There are studies that indicate that up to 30% of heated air escapes through your ducts.  Speak to a professional about your ducts system.  Properly sealed ducts can save you up to $140 on an annual basis.

Upgrade To A More Efficient Heating System

While this may not be the least expensive upfront, this could safe you a ton in the long run.  You will not have to upgrade your heating system every year of course.  You could actually improve your homes value with a more energy efficient system.

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