3 Energy-Efficient Tips During the Winter

Published January 29th, 2016 | By

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Canadian winters can be brutally cold. Whether you are knee deep in snow, or just want to escape the frigid air outside, you can stay warm while being energy-efficient. This winter, don’t let your energy bill break the bank.

 

Here are 3 tips to help you save energy this season:

1. Use the Sun as a Free Heat Source

It’s amazing what a little sunlight can do. By opening your south-facing window blinds and curtains during the day, you could save anywhere between 2 to 21 percent on your heating bill. Just remember to close them when the sunsets! Also keep in mind that you can further use the sun to your advantage if you have good window insulation. After all, sunlight won’t be of much help if you have cold air streaming into your home from poorly insulated windows. An issue like that could be costing you hundreds or thousands of dollars in utility costs.

2. Use Ceiling Fans for Better Airflow

Ceiling fans can spin in two different directions: clockwise and counter-clockwise. All you have to do is look for a small flip switch on the base of the fan to adjust the settings. Setting your fan to spin clockwise will create a warmer airflow (set it to this during the winter). So during the summer months, be sure to change the fan direction to counter-clockwise. It’ll push the warmer air up…and away from you. Using your ceiling fans correctly will greatly help your thermostat settings.

3. At Night, Turn Down The Temperature

Most people use heavier bed quilts, blankets and sheets. Also, the body generates plenty of warmth when it’s at rest. You can conserve a lot of home energy by turning down the thermostat before you turn in for the night. The U.S. Department of energy lists that you could save nearly 10 percent of your energy bill each year, just by lowering the thermostat by 10-15 degrees for eight hours.

So what should you set the thermostat to while you are home? During the winter, set your thermostat to 68 degrees Fahrenheit during the daytime. And for the summer, set your thermostat to 78 degrees Fahrenheit during the daytime. And if you have an ADT Pulse monitoring system, you could even remotely manage your thermostat for the optimum daily temperatures.

Contact us if you want to learn more about ADT Pulse and it’s home energy benefits!