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How to Survive Winter Without Breaking the Bank

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This guest blog is brought to you by our friends at ENERGY STAR® Canada. ENERGY STAR Canada is a voluntary partnership between the Government of Canada and industry that helps Canadians save money on energy bills and helps us fight climate change.

It’s that time of the year again…snow storms, stuffy noses, and high energy bills! Winters in North America can be really rough and heating costs are some of the most expensive bills to pay throughout the year. Unfortunately, the cold weather is unavoidable, but you can avoid running up your energy bill! We’ve got a few tips to help you conquer the cold and save energy at the same time:

  • Seal and insulate your home. Hidden gaps and cracks cause your heating system to work harder and use more energy. Sealing and insulating can make your home more comfortable and improve its energy efficiency.
  • Keep in the heat. Close doors promptly and securely in order to keep warm air inside your home! If you’re still feeling a draft, you may want to revisit our first tip and add sealing behind window and door trim. View our step-by-step guide here.
  • Enhance indoor air quality. If you’re experiencing winter congestion, purchase an ENERGY STAR certified air purifier to clean the air in your room. Did you know ENERGY STAR certified air purifiers use 40% less energy and can save up to $230 over the purifier’s lifetime?
  • Unplug before you unwind. If you’re going on vacation to take a break from the cold weather, unplug everything from electronics to lights to avoid paying for extra watts when you’re not at home.
  • Program your thermostat for savings. Lowering your thermostat at non-peak times reduces your energy bills without affecting your comfort. During the winter, lower your thermostat by 8°F (4.4°C) or more when sleeping or away from the house. Programming your thermostat to maximize savings during each season could save around $180 per year.

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