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Energy Efficient Heating Tips


Heating

  • During the winter months, as much as 3% of the energy your furnace uses can be saved by lowering your thermostat by 1 degree. *
  • Install a programmable thermostat. It will turn the heat up before you wake, turn the heat down when you leave home and back up when you return - automatically.
  • Recommended thermostat settings for a comfortable environment are 21 °C (70 °F) when you're home relaxing, 18 °C (65 °F) when you're sleeping, and 15 °C (59 °F) when you're away from your home for an extended period of time.**
  • Ensure that the hole in the wall behind the thermostat is insulated to prevent any drafts.
  • Install your thermostat out of direct sunlight and away from cold air or drafts.
  • Every few months, remove the thermostat cover and dust it gently with a soft brush.

 

*Source: Great Green Idea - Make Realistic Goals To Reduce Electricity Consumption

**Source: Milton Hydro - Energy Savings Tips


Fireplaces

  • When not in use, close your fireplace damper and cover the opening to prevent drafts and heat loss.
  • Grates made of C-shaped metal tubes help draw cool air into the fireplace and circulate warm air back into the room.
  • If your gas fireplace has a pilot light, turn it off during the summer. It can cost about $3-$5 per month to keep lit. ***
  • When your fireplace is operating, turn down your main thermostat.
  • If your gas fireplace has a thermostat, keep it at the lowest setting you can.
  • Be sure to install glass doors and an insert in your wood-burning fireplace – otherwise, it can draw heat out of your home.


*** Source: Energy Information Energy Savings Tips



Insulating and Draft-Proofing

  • Install tight-fitting, insulating window shades on windows that feel drafty after weatherizing.
  • Weather-strip your windows and doorways.
  • Keep all your exterior doors tightly shut and try to avoid frequent in-and-out traffic. Stylish, padded door runners help reduce drafts under doorways (in a pinch, towels also work).
  • Use a dehumidistat to maintain the right humidity level for health and comfort. It senses the humidity level and runs the ventilating fan whenever it's needed.
  • Use insulating shutters or drapes and keep them closed during winter nights and summer days.
  • Caulk cracks around your windows and doors.


Electrical Heating and Space Heaters

  • Place electrical heaters far away from water sources.
  • Be certain that your heater is placed on a level, hard and non-flammable surface, not on rugs or carpets.
  • Never dry clothes by draping them over the heater.
  • If you must use an extension cord, for safety reasons, use a heavy-duty cord, so it doesn't overheat.
  • Always try to plug into a ground fault circuit interrupter, which prevents electric shock by shutting the heater off if electrical leakage develops.
  • Check the temperature of the grille face to ensure it doesn't become too hot to touch.