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Six easy ways to get your home winter ready

When you make small energy efficiency changes around the house, you use less electricity. Small changes can make a big difference.

1. Give your furnace a little TLC

Have your furnace serviced to ensure it is operating efficiently and remember to clean or replace your furnace filter on a regular basis. This prevents build-up of dust and dirt and keeps the furnace running efficiently.

If you are replacing your furnace, look for an energy-efficient model. Rebates are available.

2. Program your thermostat

Program your thermostat for winter. Recommended settings are 20°C when you are home and 18°C overnight or when you're away.

3. Check windows and doors for drafts

It’s easy to check your door for leaks: close the door on a piece of paper; if it slides out easily, you need to reseal your door.

Check windows by looking for daylight or drafts coming from around the frame. Use caulking or weatherstripping to seal the leaks.

4. Switch ceiling fans to run clockwise

In the winter, set your ceiling fan to run at a low speed, clockwise direction. This will gently circulate warm air near the ceiling down into occupied spaces.

5. Wrap your water heater

Forget wrapping gifts; wrap your electric water heater this season! Electric water heater blankets can reduce energy loss by up to 40%. 

6. Ditch the old holiday lights

Not only do LED holiday lights use less electricity, they are also much safer than incandescent bulbs since they don’t heat up. Plus, they’ll last for as many as 40 holiday seasons!

Looking for more ways to save energy? Check out these 65 tips to manage your energy use at home