Heating uses more energy than any other system in your home. With the right combination of regular equipment maintenance, insulation, air sealing and simple changes of habit, you’ll save energy, reduce costs and stay comfortable for less.

How your home uses energy

Source: NRCAN

Graph: How your home uses energy

Everyday tips to save on heating

Adopt these simple habits and see how small changes add up.

No-cost DIY tips

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    Save energy by lowering your home’s temperature by two or three degrees. Set your thermostat to 20°C when you are awake at home and 17°C when you are sleeping or out of the house. Make it even easier by installing an ENERGY STAR certified smart thermostat to do the work for you.

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    Clean or change your furnace filter regularly. See more maintenance tips.

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    Keep air vents and baseboards dust-free and unobstructed by carpets or furniture.

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    Keep your fireplace damper closed to prevent heat from escaping through the chimney.

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    During cold weather, keep curtains open during the day to allow the sun’s heat in and insulate against heat loss.

Low-cost DIY tips

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    Schedule an annual furnace inspection with a qualified professional.

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    Install a programmable or smart thermostat—it adjusts automatically to save energy. Get $75 off a smart thermostat.

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    Caulk and weatherstrip around windows and doors to eliminate drafts.

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    During winter months, use heat-shrink plastic on windows to keep the heat in.

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    Prevent heat loss by using foam gaskets to insulate outlets and light switches.

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    Seal the seams of heating ducts with foil tape to prevent air from escaping.

Long-term investments

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    Add insulation to your walls to improve comfort and efficiency and protect against moisture.

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    Install energy-efficient windows to stop heat loss.

Changing your furnace filters.
How to avoid heat loss through floor vents.
How to install foam gaskets.

Maintaining your equipment

Think of your home heating system like a car—a little tune-up goes a long way. Proper maintenance by a qualified HVAC contractor will help you spot emerging problems and keep it running efficiently.

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    Schedule an inspection with a licensed contractor at least one a year, before the start of the heating season.

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    Check thermostat settings to make sure the system turns on and off at the right temperatures.

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    Clean or change furnace filters regularly—see your owner’s manual for details.

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    Have ductwork checked annually for cracks, dust buildup, rust or mould.

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    Check boilers for standing water or leaks.

Get rebates for furnaces, boilers, insulation and more

Start with a home energy assessment, then get rebates if you complete at least two upgrades.

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