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Heating Your Home

If you follow these tips, you’ll be able to keep your house warm and cozy all winter – without spending extra on energy.

Adjust your thermostat and try zone heating

  • Set your thermostat 3°C (5°F) lower while you're asleep or away from home, and you'll save up to six per cent on your heating bill during colder months
  • Use a programmable thermostat to adjust temperatures according to your schedule 
  • Install a thermostat with a zoning system to stop heating areas of your home that you aren't using
  • Try do-it-yourself zone heating by closing doors and heating vents in unused rooms

Improve air circulation

  • Keep curtains and furniture from blocking your heating vents
  • Vacuum dust and pet hair out of your warm air registers and cold air returns and make sure that the dampers in your warm air registers are open
  • Circulate heat throughout your house with electric ceiling fans
  • Keep your basement reasonably warm – the heat will rise to the rest of your house
  • Close your chimney damper when not using your fireplace

Let the sun in 

  • Open blinds and curtains during the day to let the sun warm your home and close them at night to keep heat inside

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