Ways to keep your home heating costs down during a cold snap

Winter home heating tips!

Ways to keep your costs down during a cold snap

Did you know that for every 10 degree drop in temperature below 0, the average home uses 40 per cent more natural gas and 8 per cent more electricity?

Here are a few tips to help save you some money during our winter cold snaps.

  • We typically get a lot of sunshine even during the winter months. If you keep your blinds and curtains open during the day, it allows the sun to help heat your home. In the evening, close your blinds and curtains to help keep in the heat.

  • We certainly need humidity during the winter months to keep the dry skin and static to a minimum. However, too much of it can make your rooms feel colder when the moisture draws heat away from you. Avoid running humidifiers too long. Try to keep levels around 30 - 40 %. You can get a hygrometer to keep track of this.

  • Make sure your vents aren't covered by furniture, blankets or carpets. Airflow is a big deal when heating costs are involved.

  • Many older homes can develop problems around windows and doors, letting the warm air escape and cold air inside your home. Ensure these gaps are sealed by adding weather stripping or caulking. You can save yourself up to 30% on your heating bills by fixing these in time.

  • Most of us will lower the temperature in the house at night but make sure you don't go too low. If you aim for only a couple degrees lower at night, it can save you money and won't make your furnace work overtime in the morning. When you have to crank the thermostat, your furnace works harder than usual trying to warm your space back up.

  • If you have a programmable thermostat, this is a good place to save money too. Set the furnace to lower temps when you're not home but have it come on 1/2 hr. before you get back. Why heat the house if no one is there to enjoy it?

  • Try not to use space heaters. They use a lot of energy and can sometimes be known to blow breakers, too.

  • We don't have very many hours of daylight through the winter months so investing in LED lightbulbs, might be a good idea. They do cost a bit more than regular bulbs but the savings each month are beneficial.

So stay warm and keep your costs down where possible. Adding comfort food and cozy blankets can help too.

Author: McLean & McLean Custom Home Builders

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McLean & McLean Custom Home Builders is all about family, being a family owned and operated business themselves. Company owners, Scott & Michelle McLean, have been building homes in the Leduc area since 2001. M&M specializes in creating custom homes to fit your lifestyle and budget.