Winter is coming! And while cosy nights at home are something to look forward to, they can also mean heftier utilities bill. Here are some simple precautions and habits to help you avoid unpleasant surprises and lower your energy spending.
1. Watch out for cold drafts!
Get your home winter ready. Inspect your rooms and ceilings carefully for cracks or holes, and seal them with the appropriate product if necessary. Curtains can add an additional layer of insulation; lining them and drawing them shut at night will help retain warmth.
2. Light ‘em up!
Did you know that energy-efficient light bulbs can last up to 25 times longer than incandescent ones? And you can maximize their efficiency by cleaning them regularly. A clean light bulb produces a light flow 40% stronger than a dirty one at the same wattage. (source: Hydro-Québec).
3. Give your electrical appliances a break
Our appliances are constantly connected. But have you ever heard of phantom charges or of invisible energy consumption? According to Hydro-Québec, up to 10% of our electricity bill is due to electrical appliances that are switched off. Avoid this charge by unplugging your equipment before a vacation or long weekend.
4. Cold wash first
The cost of heating water represents about 20% of your bill. That’s a lot! To avoid a scare, take shorter showers and fewer baths, and wash your laundry in cold water. If you’re worried you’ll forget, use low-flow shower pumps to help regulate your hot water consumption.
5. Splurge on top quality energy efficient doors and windows
According to Hydro-Québec, 25% of heat loss in homes is because of windows and patio doors. You can save up to 10% on your heating bill by replacing them with certified ENERGY STAR® models. Choose energy-efficient products, like those offered by Vaillancourt Doors and Windows, to reduce your bills and your environmental impact.