Heating accounts for the largest portion of energy used in the average home in Newfoundland and Labrador. If you heat your home with electricity, heating likely accounts for over 50% of your electricity use and costs you about $1,200 a year. Save money each month and make your home more comfortable with the following tips for electrically heated homes.
Reduce your heating costs by 10% by setting back the temperature by five degrees at night or when you are away.
Install programmable thermostats to set back the temperature automatically in main living areas of your home. Use accurate energy efficient electronic thermostats in other rooms.
Invest in Insulation
Having enough insulation can save you thousands in heating costs. Basement insulation is most important. An uninsulated basement will account for up to 30% of the heat lost from your home.
Make sure you have enough insulation in your basement and attic. You may be eligible for a takeCHARGE rebate of up to $1,000 for each area.
Seal & Save
Seal gaps around windows, vents and exterior doors with caulking.
Use weather stripping to seal gaps around doors and windows. For maximum effectiveness, make sure to clean or replace old weather stripping that becomes clogged with sand, grit and debris from rain or airborne particles.
Inspect your door sweeps once a year and replace as required.
Use outlet and switch insulators under electric switches and outlets to stop drafts in their tracks. Pick up a package for about $5. Learn how to install an outlet and switch insulator. Get back up to $5 on different types of weatherstripping and air sealing products during INSTANT REBATE campaigns.
Weatherize drafty windows by purchasing and installing a window insulation kit.
If you need to replace your windows look for the ENERGY STAR® certification. ENERGY STAR windows, doors and skylights can decrease your energy costs by about 6% saving you about $75 a year. Energy efficient windows will also make your home more comfortable, reduce condensation and protect your floors, drapes and furniture from fading.
Heat pumps are an energy efficient way of heating and cooling your home. They provide a comfortable heat in colder months and can be used as air conditioning in the warmer summer months. In fact, heat pumps designed for Newfoundland and Labrador’s climate can deliver over 200% more heat than an equivalent baseboard heating system. Learn more about heat pumps.