With the recent cold snap that we have experienced in the West, I felt that it was important to provide a few helpful hints to help enjoy a warmer winter and curb the evil heating bill!
#1 - Caulk (or re-caulk) around the frames of doors and windows with acrylic latex caulking.
#2 - Check for gaps and cracks around exterior light fixtures, outdoor taps and other through-the-wall openings. Insert pre-cut draft-blocking gaskets where required.
#3 - Install door sweeps and/or weather stripping on all doors to outside.
#4 - Turn down the thermostat when going to bed or when you will be active around the house. Make full use of your own energy to stay warm. The savings can be substantial, up to 10 percent with a nightly setback of 4°C. Programmable thermostats can be used to adjust temperature settings up to several times per day according to a pre-set schedule.
#5 - Keep your furnace clean and in good repair. It's a good idea to change your filter monthly during the heating season. Purchase these in bulk and mark scheduled change dates on your calendar.
#6 - Wrap an insulation blanket around your hot water tank to reduce heat loss from the tank.
LUCKY #7 - Curl or cuddle up in a blanket with your loved ones instead of turning up the heat. I guess I am a true romantic at heart!!
Stay warm guys!
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