As the days get colder many Calgarians will notice their heating bills are beginning to rise. Unfortunately, just because our heating bill increases doesn’t mean our budgets do. Heating our homes and businesses is an unavoidable and necessary part of winter, but there are things we can do to ease the financial burden. Here are 6 things you can do to help decrease your heating bill.
- Insulate your roof
Your walls are well insulated, but how about your roof? Next time Calgary gets a dusting of snow take a good look at your roof and the other roofs in your neighbourhood. Some will hold snow, and some will melt it from underneath. You want a roof that holds snow, since that means you aren’t losing valuable heat through a poorly insulated roof.
- Get your furnace serviced
A clean, well-maintained furnace is a furnace that is not only more efficient but also safer. Schedule an appointment with a furnace professional like Lone Star Plumbing and Heating.
- Replace old and inefficient furnaces
By replacing your old and inefficient furnace with a new, energy efficient model you heat your house more efficiently. This saves you money, since your furnace doesn’t need to use as much energy to heat your home. An efficient furnace also helps you reduce strain on the environment.
- Heat yourself, then heat your house
By putting on a warm sweater, socks and cozy slippers or snuggling under a blanket you can conserve your natural body heat. This way you can turn the temperature down in your house by a few degrees, say from 25°C to 20°C. This way your house remains at a comfortable temperature that is warm enough to keep your pipes from freezing but reduces the amount of energy spent heating your home.
- Check your house for drafts
By checking for drafts and installing weather stripping where needed you can reduce the amount of heat that escapes from your house, reducing your heating costs.
- Use blinds and curtains to your advantage
Open the blinds and curtains on sun facing windows during the day to take advantage of the free warmth from the sun. You should also close your blinds and curtains at night to better insulate your windows and reduce heat loss.
For more heat conserving tips or to schedule furnace maintenance or replacement call Lone Star Plumbing and Heating today at 403.295.3028 and visit lonestarplumbing.ca.