Home Heating Tips
- Heating is the single biggest energy use in homes. A well maintained heating system
will hold down fuel costs and provide reliable comfort.
- Thermostats should be located on an inside wall or where they will not be subject to
draft or heat.
- Use door snakes to reduce drafts.
- Block off your open fireplace when not in use.
- Capture as much sunlight as possible.
- Close curtains before dark to keep heat in.
- Use and extra blanket if a bit cold.
- The many small openings in a home can add up to big heat losses. Caulking and
weather stripping cracks in walls and floors, windows and doors will save fuel and
- Use ceiling fans to distribute the heat throughout your home.
- Proper insulation in walls, ceilings and floors also significantly reduces the loss of
heat to the outdoors. Insulation will pay for itself in fuel cost savings and home comfort.
- Storm windows and doors are big energy and money savers. They can reduce heating
costs by as much as 5% by preventing warm air from escaping to the outside. Double
glazed and thermo pane windows can minimize heat escape.
Water Heating Tips
- Fix dripping faucets and start saving money today.
- Adjust the thermostat on your hot water heater so the water at the tap is no more than
50 degrees C.
- Use cold water when filling the kettle and only heat the amount you need.
- Take showers instead of baths and save 5%.
- Wrap your hot water heater with an insulation wrapper and save 5% or $58 per year.
- Fit water saving shower heads and save $48 per year on average.