November 28th, 2017
When the weather gets cold and the snow starts to fall, we all know what to expect on our next energy bills. Darkness earlier in the evenings and longer nights means our lights are on for longer periods of time, and plunging temperatures outside mean our furnaces and heaters run more to keep us cozy and warm. It may seem like there’s no escaping a bigger energy bill in the winter months, but there are many little things you can do to help reduce your energy use and avoid unnecessary wasted electricity and gas.
Here, we will list a few simple tips that you can use around your home to help improve the comfort of your home and keep your energy costs as low as possible this season. Let’s take a look at some quick and easy things you can do to prepare your home for the cold days of winter!
Adjust Your Vents
This is a simple tip that can make a big difference, and many people just plain forget about. Most vent covers in your home should have adjustable louvers, or slats, in them that allow you to open or close the vents to allow more or less airflow in to each room. If you haven’t adjusted these since the air-conditioned days of the summer, it’s time to check them out. Some people may not have even adjusted them since they’ve been living in that house! You can help improve the comfort in the rooms of your house by spending a few minutes adjusting your vent covers to either increase or decrease the heat in the room until you find the perfect balance.
Switch to LED Holiday Lights
LED lightbulbs are drastically more energy efficient than the old style incandescent bulbs, and when you’ve got several strings of bulbs on your house to light it up for this holiday season, the energy cost can really add up fast. Investing in a new set of Christmas lights that use LED bulbs can save you a ton of energy this season. Not only that, but LED bulbs last much longer and rarely need to be replaced. You can get LED lights in any colour you could want, and some strings even feature programmable or patterned flashing light shows to add even more flair to your house this season.
Don’t forget to also update your interior light bulbs with LED or compact fluorescent bulbs, too. Since you’ll need your lights on earlier in the evening, switching to a more energy efficient bulb style in all your household light fixtures helps to bring your overall energy consumption down and keep costs low.
Invest in Outlet Timers
While you’re updating all those lightbulbs, it’s also a good idea to invest in a couple of outlet timers to add even more control to when the lights come on, and how long they stay on. Using timers on your exterior and interior lighting this winter help to keep your energy usage more predictable. Timers also give you the peace of mind of knowing that your lights won’t run all night long if you happen to forget to switch them off before bed, or all day if you miss them on your rush out the door in the morning.
Use Your Gas Fireplace More
If you’re catching up on some TV shows on a long winter night and start to feel a chill, don’t automatically run to crank up the furnace. Make good use of that gas fireplace you had installed and use it to warm up the room, instead. Gas fireplaces are very energy efficient, and can quickly warm up a single room with less energy consumption than your furnace running and heating your entire home. Plus, the added ambiance of a fireplace makes any room just that much cozier and more comfortable when the snow flies outside.
Seal Up Doors and Windows
While you may not notice it as much in the summer time, drafts coming from your doors or windows can really make a big difference in the comfort of your home in the winter time. Check for cool drafts or excessive moisture collecting around your doors and windows. Inspect the seals, weatherstripping, and insulation around your doors and windows for any gaps, cracks, or other damage. Fix up those drafts and you’ll be sure to see an improvement in the overall comfort of your home as well as a positive impact on your energy bills throughout the season.
With a little bit of time, some clever adjustments, and the right updates to your home, you’ll definitely be happy with the results. Not only will these tips help you cut down on energy consumption this winter, but you’ll also find your home to be more comfortable throughout the season. We hope that you’ve found these tips helpful, and if you have any other questions about home comfort during the cold months of a Canadian winter, the experts here at Gaslink will be more than happy to help. Contact us today and arrange to speak with one of our home comfort professionals to have all your questions answered.