Keeping your energy bills in check: Here are some essential tips
Soaring energy prices coupled with unprecedented climate change have forced Quebec homeowners to consider ways to keep the bills in check. During the peak winter, you don’t have many options apart from keeping the heating systems in motion. While you cannot skip using the thermopompe and other essentials, we have a few guidelines that will help minimize what you pay for energy usage.
Look for leaks
People often ignore the need to fix the air leaks around the house. Check the walls, ceilings, roofing, doors, light fixtures, and other outlets to find possible leaks that need your attention. This could be one of the many reasons why your HVAC system is working extra hard to keep you warm.
Be prudent with your heating systems
Just reducing the thermostat for a few hours each day can make a big difference in reducing the heating bills. For instance, if you need to be at work all through the day, get the thermostat down by 10 degrees, and you could be saving huge. If you don’t have a programmable thermostat yet, this is a great investment.
Consider window upgrades
If you have been delaying window replacement as a part of home remodeling, there is no better time than now. Go for glazed options and consider the ratings. Windows that allow more light could be a great way to keep the house warm on sunny days. Your focus should be on energy efficiency, and the best option for homes are R-10 windows.
Invest in quality shades and curtains
Believe it or not, almost 30% of heating loss happens through the windows and doors. If you haven’t invested in heavy furnishings yet, you are already missing a simple step. Even if you cannot replace the windows immediately, the effort can significantly reduce heating loss.
Spend on attic insulation
If you are wondering whether attic insulation is worth the money, the short answer is yes. Insulation is a big part of remodeling projects, and it is best to seal your home from all possible angles and insulate the attic, which could mean as much as 15% savings on energy bills.
Service your appliances
Ensuring that your heating systems are working optimally is a great precautionary step before the winter. Besides amping up the heating output, the effort can also protect the mechanical components and provide better returns on the investment.
Your home deserves some attention – Start today!