Resources & Tips

Valuable Tips For Saving On Your Energy Bill

Posted Jun 11, 2013
  1. Turn down the heat: Turn your thermostat down from 21C to 20C during the day and to 17C at night to save as much as 15% of your space-heating costs. Turning it way down at night and cranking it way up in the morning wastes energy and doesn’t work.
  2. Weather-strip exterior doors: Rubber provides the best seal. Felt and foam are inexpensive but much less effective and durable.
  3. Check for gaps & leaks: A 0.5 cm gap (approximately one-fifth of an inch) at the bottom of an exterior door is the same as a hole 10 cm (four inches) square in the middle of a wall. Caulk, weather-strip or seal any leaks around windows and doors, and save up to five percent. Check for drafts, cracks and holes in unusual places, such as milk or mail chutes, laundry chutes, pet doors, attic access hatches, recessed lights and fans in insulated ceilings, dropped ceilings above bathrooms and bulkheads over kitchen cabinets.
  4. Install a ceiling fan: Especially in rooms with high or cathedral ceilings to push warm air down to where it’s needed. Shut off natural gas fireplace pilot lights during summer months: If you’re not comfortable re-lighting your pilot light, have us re-light it at the time of your regular maintenance. Similarly, shut off your furnace’s standing pilot light.
  5. Have your furnace serviced yearly: When our Serviceman comes to re-light it, have it serviced at the same time. A maintained furnace operates much more efficiently.
  6. Turn down your water heater: Set the thermostat to 50C. This temperature is normally adequate for most home uses and will save you a considerable amount of energy. And, turning it up won’t heat the water any faster.
  7. Install low-flow shower heads: You could save up to $67.50 per year for each family member who takes a 10 minute shower daily. Save more by cutting back on shower time.
  8. Fix leaky taps immediately: A hot water tap, dripping once every second, wastes 720 litres per month – or 16 hot baths! Use full loads in the dishwasher, saving 170 to 190 litres of water per year.
  9. Install aerators: Placing them on your kitchen and bathroom faucets can reduce indoor water use by as much as four percent.
  10. Choose a high-efficiency, or condensing furnace: These are 90% efficient. Make sure it’s sized properly for your home.
  11. Check your house for poor insulation: Poorly insulated roofs, basement walls, floors over crawl spaces and outside walls allow a direct flow of heat to the outside. Crawl spaces and roofs are the most important areas, with walls least important.
  12. Use insulated exterior doors – not hollow ones: Feel the inside of the door with your hand on a cold day. If it’s much cooler than adjoining walls, consider replacing it with an insulated door.

A Disclaimer:
None of the information on this site is intended to be advice on how to repair your equipment. All installation, maintenance and repairs need to be performed by certified tradesmen carrying the proper licenses and insurance – nothing else will do! If you feel this is overstated, ask your insurance carrier what he thinks.