Keep The Temperature High – Not Your Bills!

Did you turn on your heat this week? Or maybe you’re holding out a little longer…flipping that switch marks the beginning of the cold season and can feel like surrender!

It’s only a matter of time, and this year the Canadian Farmer’s Almanac is predicting a notable cold and snowy winter!

As you’re easing into this seasonal lifestyle, keep some of these energy-saving tips from the Ministry of Energy in mind. You’ll have a positive impact on the environment, your home’s health, and your energy bill!

  • Seal your windows: This one’s easy. Weather stripping around doors and windows can reduce energy needs by up to 25%
  • No peeking: Did you know that 20% of an oven’s heat escapes each time the door is opened? I’m very guilty of doing this all the time. And although it applies year-round, you’ll probably be using the oven a lot through the holidays and making seasonal favourites.
  • Shut the flue: Wood-burning fireplaces can really lift your mood and create a sense of warmth. However, it’s more emotional than physical…fireplaces actually pull heat up through the chimney and let cold air in. Don’t eliminate fires altogether if you have a fireplace and you enjoy using it…just make sure the flue is closed when not in use and be sure to switch to your heating system on especially cold nights.
  • Smart Holiday Cheer: LED holiday lights can reduce electricity consumption by 75-80% compared to incandescent bulbs. For even more savings, keep them on a timer so you don’t have to remember to shut them off in the middle of the night.
  • How low can you go? For every degree you turn down the thermostat, you’ll save 3% on heating costs!
  • Use the sun: It may seem like the sun disappears for a few months, but it’s still up there. Keep your blinds and curtains open during the day so the sun can contribute a little to your home’s heat. It’s free!

The lesson here is that even small changes can result in big savings across the season. Keep warm this season with no surprises on your energy bills!

And as always, be sure to reach out with any real-estate needs or questions. Anyone considering an emergency house sale and migration to the Caribbean should contact us now so we can help you prepare!

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