Lower your thermostat to 16°C while sleeping or when you are away.
When you're at home, try to keep the inside temperature below 21°C.
Check your room temperature with a thermometer or gauge and adjust heating devices accordingly.
Wear slippers or socks and a warm sweater instead of setting thermostats higher.
Open window coverings to let in free solar heat on sunny winter days.
Close window coverings to help keep heat in on cold winter evenings.
Make sure any unnecessary baseboard heaters are shut off at the circuit breaker in your electrical panel.
At the end of the heating season, make sure all baseboard heaters are "off" at the circuit breaker in your electrical panel.
Check the status of heating devices in garages and other small buildings on your property and make sure only required heaters are active.
Vacuum baseboard heater fins at least once a year.
Keep baseboard heaters free from obstructions like furniture.
Check cooler, unused rooms for signs of moisture and mold regularly
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Install a programmable thermostat to make setting back your heat while sleeping or away easier for consistent energy savings. For every 3°C lower, you could save 6% on your electric heating costs (an average of $68/yr).
Use plastic window kits to increase the energy performance of your windows.
Make sure to shut the damper and glass doors of your open-hearth fireplace once the fire is out.
Use a portable space heater to heat the room(s) you spend your time in while setting your central furnace to a lower setting. Never leave a portable heater plugged in while not required or unattended.
Keep your central heating system in tip top shape by having it checked by a certified service professional at least once per year.
Change your central furnace filters regularly, especially if you burn wood.
Caulk and weather strip around drafty doors and windows.
Seal and insulate your attic hatch.
Seal and insulate your unused open-hearth fireplace.
Damp-proof and insulate your basement, an uninsulated basement can account for 25% of the heat loss in a house.
Buy ENERGY STAR® qualified windows and doors.
Check your room temperature with a thermometer or gauge to make sure you are not overcooling the room.
Do not run cooling equipment any longer than necessary.
Avoid cooling unoccupied rooms.
Keep window coverings closed during the day to keep out the heat from the sun, especially if you are using air conditioning.
Use programmable thermostats where supplied on cooling equipment.
Make sure you close windows and doors when using air conditioning.
Reduce the ventilation rate on your Heat Recovery Ventilator (HRV) when using air conditioning or dehumidifying during hot summer weather.
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Use fans to keep cool and circulate the air during hot summer months.
Check and clean filters on air conditioners regularly.
Check humidity levels with a percent relative humidity (%RH) gauge (especially in the basement during summer months) and adjust ventilation system and / or dehumidifier accordingly. The ideal range is 35% - 55% relative humidity (%RH).
Reduce the ventilation rate on your Heat Recovery Ventilator (HRV) in humid weather especially if dehumidifying or air conditioning.
Turn off your Heat Recovery Ventilator (HRV) if you have your windows open.
Clear debris like snow, ice, grass clippings, spider webs, etc. from ventilation intake and exhaust vents twice per year.
Check areas where the air circulation is not great, such as unused rooms and full closets, for signs of mold or moisture.
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Check and clean Heat Recovery Ventilator (HRV) filters twice per year or consult your owner's manual for the manufacturer's instructions.
Check and clean the core on your HRV at least once per year. Consult your owner's manual.