Make The Most of Your Winter Energy Dollars

 In Home Care Tips


As the warm Ontario summer fades into fall, we brace ourselves for dark mornings, brisk winds and longer commutes. We also bundle up outdoors and look forward to warm, cozy evenings indoors.


Typically, about 60 per cent of our annual natural gas use goes towards home heating during the winter months. That’s why it’s important that you get the best value for your energy dollars.


In Ontario, clean natural gas continues to be the most affordable energy choice for warming up the home. According to the historical rates from Enbridge Gas Distribution, the typical residential customer pays less today for their annual natural gas bill than they did five years ago.


Reducing your natural gas use can take your energy dollars even further this winter. Here are some helpful tips to improve your home’s energy efficiency, courtesy of Enbridge:


• Reduce your home’s temperature. Use a programmable thermostat and lower the temperature in your home by 3oC at night, while out for the day or on vacation.


• Clean or replace your natural gas furnace filter every three months or as recommended by the manufacturer. Dirty filters restrict airflow and force your furnace to work harder.

• Keep heating vents and registers clean and clear of obstruction. Make sure your air vents and registers are clear of furniture, draperies or area rugs.

• Seal cracks and drafts around windows, doors and electrical sockets to keep the warm air inside and cold air outside.


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