Strategies to lower your utility bills can save you a lot of money and reduce your carbon footprint. When the cold weather arrives, households throughout Calgary see their energy bills shoot up. These extra costs can have a significant impact on your finances if you are already struggling to pay bills.
There are a few simple ways you can reduce the amount you pay for utilities and stay warm this winter. The good news is that cutting energy costs doesn’t require a lot of investment in time or resources. Any money you have to spend on your home will save you cash in the long run.
Here are three top tips on making sure you can lower your bills.
1. Seal up the house to save money
Heating a home makes up the most significant part of your monthly electricity bill. So, it makes sense to keep as much heat in the house as possible. You can start by arranging for an inspection on your home to see where heat loss is occurring. With a thermographic scanner, an inspector can accurately identify if your windows, doors, attic, or even walls need insulating.
Some estimates say that sealing up cracks and heat leaks and insulating your pipes and attic can reduce your energy costs by up to 30%.
2. Install a programmable thermostat to lower utility bills
Although this is a costlier investment, a programmable thermostat can keep your home an even temperature. The thermostat adjusts your heating in line with the outside temperature. This simple device prevents heating your home too much if the outside temperature rises. You can also program it to reduce the heat when no one is home.
3. Wash clothes in cold water
Another way to cut your energy bill is to wash clothes in cold or lukewarm water. This is one of the best ways to save on water heating bills.
Washing in cold water is actually better for delicate and coloured fabrics. Clothes washed in cold water tend to have fewer wrinkles, so you also save money on ironing.