Paying The BillsCut high energy bills in Kitchener-Waterloo!

As temperatures in Waterloo Region continue to drop, electricity bills are starting to rise. Here are some savvy tips to help improve your home’s efficiency, save money and manage your winter energy bills.

Upgrades can lead to higher savings

Even if your home does not have visible gaps, it can still lose heat if you have inefficient insulation; this is particularly common for older homes.

Plus, if your home is over 10 years old its insulation may have sagged or settled, which leaves gaps! Consider upgrading your home’s insulation with new options, such as spray foam insulation, to save money on your energy bills.

Fun fact! A well-insulated attic can reduce year-round energy use by 20-60%.

A low-cost way to keep cold air out

Draft-proofing your home can reduce your heating bill by 10%. It is inexpensive and easy to do,
all it requires is filling gaps around doors and windows that let cold air in. To properly draft-proof, Afterglow recommends using materials like caulking or weatherstripping. They can be purchased at hardware stores and are really simple to use.

Keep your thermostat temperature down

Although it is tempting to turn up the heat as it gets colder outside, we recommend resisting that temptation! How? By getting a programmable thermostat. By setting a programmable thermostat will help you avoid the temptation of higher settings and will save you money.

We recommend setting the thermostat to 16°C at night or when you are away. When you are home, most are comfortable at around 20 to 21°C.

Finding ways to cut your electricity bill does not have to be complicated. In fact, it is the simple choices we make that can have a biggest impact.

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