Heating Energy and Savings Tips
- Reduce your hot water thermostat setting by just 1˚ and you will save up to 10% off your heating bill.
- Turn off all electric heaters, electric blankets and other heating appliances when not in use. Standby power is a simple thing to reduce with big results!
- Cleaning filters regularly will ensure the optimum operation of your appliances.
- Choose energy efficient appliances. When purchasing your next appliance, large or small, choose one with an AAA energy star rating. You will reduce your greenhouse emissions and your bills.
- Instead of heating your bedroom at night, consider the use of an extra blanket or by pre-heating your bed with an electric blanket.
- Don’t leave your heater unit running overnight or while you’re out during the day. It’s much cheaper to turn the unit off while you are sleeping, and turn it on again when you return or wake up in the morning.
- One of the easiest money-saving measures you can take is to seal, and weather-strip cracks around your windows and doors. You can save 10% or more on your heating and cooling costs by stopping the air leaks in your home.
- Close off rooms that are not in use to save on heating bills.
- Ceiling fans can assist in heating during the winter. Operate the ceiling fan at low speed in the clockwise direction when viewed from below.
- Open shades and curtains to allow winter sun into your home to naturally provide heat.
- Tightly close the fireplace damper when not in use.
- Turn off heating appliances when you are away from home.
- Sealing and insulating the ducts in your heating system can improve efficiency.
- Replace your old single-glazed windows with double-glazing. This requires an upfront investment but could halve the energy lost through windows and pay off in the long term.
- Windows lose energy much faster than walls, even uninsulated walls. Install effective window treatments to prevent loss of heat.
Consider replacing electric heating with gas heating. Gas heaters are cheaper to run and produce less greenhouse emissions than electric resistive heating.
Turn your heating system off at night. Less energy is used to re-heat a home in the morning than to maintain it overnight.
Install reversible ceiling fans to help distribute the heat from the high ceiling back down to ground level.
- Turn off your central heating and use targeted space heaters.
- Switch from an open fire place to an efficient modern slow combustion wood
Zone home for energy efficiency. Closing doors and using internal draught stoppers will retain warmth in your home.