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Four Ideas to Ease off your Winter Heating Costs

Four Ideas to Ease off your Winter Heating Costs

(NC)—Canadians are no stranger to the cold, and most would agree that lots of time goes into preparing for winter. A recent survey conducted by Angus Reid on behalf of Direct Energy found that only 25 per cent of Canadian homeowners listed booking a furnace maintenance as a priority. Meanwhile, 57 per cent of those surveyed said they feel concerned or angry about their upcoming winter heating bills.

Direct Energy has a few additional energy efficient actions to add to the winter preparation list:

1. Boost insulation: Boosting insulation in the attic and basement is an effective way to cut down on heating costs. Rule of thumb is approximately 12 inches of insulation in the attic – and check your basement headers have insulation too.

2. Temperature control: Install a programmable thermostat, set to lower the temperature overnight and during the day when the house is empty.

3. Turn down and circulate: Put on a sweater, lower the temperature by a couple of degrees and remember your ceiling fan - for cold, winter months, the blades should operate in a clockwise direction, helping to push the warm air from the ceiling down into the room.

4. Don't use it? Don't heat it: Make sure you're not heating non-insulated spaces like garages and crawl spaces. Also keep your garage door closed whenever possible, and close warm-air registers in the rooms you don't use.

More information can be found online at or call 1-866-803-4717.