With winter in full swing and the snow continuing to build up, you’ve probably had your heating on continuously for the past couple of months. With Ontario’s winter often lasting deep into April, your heating is likely to to be on for a while yet.
So, how exactly can your household cut down on its energy usage and save money on your bills each month. Budget Propane Ontario has listed five useful tips below:
1 - Replace the filters on your furnace regularly
Filters in your air ducts are designed to collect dust and debris to ensure your HVAC system continues to run efficiently, but this means your filters are constantly accumulating more and more dirt.
Dirty filters will block your air ducts, meaning your heating system has to work harder to pump warm air around your home. By changing your filters regularly it is believed you can save around 5-15% on your overall energy bill each month.
2 - Consider a propane space heater
Propane space heaters, or fireplaces, can create a comfortable and warm atmosphere in hard-to-heat rooms within your house. A propane space heater will allow you to turn your thermostat down when it’s not needed, and instead allow you to heat a specific room you want to keep warm. By using propane as a supplementary heat you can cut costs on your overall central heating bill.
3 - Install a thermostat timer
Installing and using a thermostat time is a fantastic way to cut down on your energy costs. These timers will allow you to lower the temperature in your home while you’re not there, and smart technologies mean you can completely control this remotely from your smartphone.
It’s estimated that by installing a thermostat timer during the winter months you can save around 10% on your entire energy bills.
4 - Seal your windows and doors
Weathered windows are one of the most common causes of heat loss within residential properties, but upgrading every window in your house could be an expensive project. A simple and far more affordable fix is to ensure your windows are insulated properly, keeping out the cold air.
Other cheaper fixes could include upgrading your curtains to something heavier so that the thicker material will trap colder air between the fabric and the window, or filling any gaps and leaks with caulk.
This will help your home to retain heat, meaning your heating system will work more efficiently and use less energy.
5 - Invest in a propane water heater
Water heaters account for a significant 20% of your home’s entire energy bills, meaning the water heater you choose has a direct impact on the amount of money you can save each month.
As a cost-effective, safe and environmentally-friendly option for your home or cottage, propane water heaters are the best option. Propane water heaters have around 70% fewer emissions and are believed to be around 30% less expensive over their entire lifespan when compared to a conventional electric storage tank.
Want to learn how you can save money and cut down your carbon footprint with propane gas? Contact Budget Propane Ontario today for more information.