A properly winterized home not only makes a comfier and cozier place to spend the winter, it will also make your home more energy efficient which means savings on your next energy bill. Even though we live in the lower mainland and our winters are supposed to be mild, you will be pleasantly surprised by the savings you will find by following these home winterizing tips.
Turn Down the Heat?
Turn down the heat – in the middle of winter? Are you crazy? This tip must sound counterintuitive to say the least. That being said, with every degree you turn down your thermostat, you will save up to 3 percent off your next heating bill. That can amount to some big savings over the course of a winter, especially if you turn your thermostat down at night or when you are at work during the day.
Properly managing a thermostat can be tricky, however. If you are like most of us, remembering to turn down your heat may not be all that high on your priority list. If this sounds like you, you may want to think about using a programmable thermostat. A programmable thermostat will pay for itself in the first year of use and will definitely make your home far more energy efficient.
Stop the Drafts!
Did you know that up to 30% of your energy bill may be going to heat the great outdoors? If you have drafts in your doors or windows, you are not properly heating your home. Make sure to check all of your windows and doors for drafts. If you find drafts, make sure to seal them by using either weather stripping, door jams or caulking. Another great way to stop drafts from under your doors temporarily is to simply roll up an old towel or blanket and place against the bottom of the door.
Turn on the Fan?
This tip may sound even worse than our recommendation to turn down the heat. However, if you have a ceiling fan installed in your home, you may want to continue reading. Every ceiling fan has a direction switch on it. During the summer months, the fan runs counterclockwise, circulating the air to help keep you cool. Switch the fan’s direction to clockwise and run it on low during the winter months. This will help to draw warm air down from the ceiling and circulate it into the middle of the room
By following these tips, we hope that you will make your home not only warmer, but also more energy efficient. If you have a newer home such as those available in the North Delta real estate market, your home should already be as energy efficient as possible. However, if you have an older home, you may need to look for drafty windows and doors. Good luck and get winterizing!