The average outside temperature can have a large impact on your power bill. A long and cold winter means your furnace needs to work extra hard to keep you warm. The same is true for summer months. The more hot days we have, the harder your air conditioner will have to work to keep you cool.
If you have direct sunlight hitting your home each day, your air conditioner will have to work harder to keep your home as cool as you like it. Use blinds or curtains to block out the sun's rays during the summer.
If your home is not sealed properly, wind gusts can force their way in and push out hot air. This means that your furnace will have to work harder to maintain the set temperature. Visit Natural Resources Canada to learn more about insulation and air sealing improvements you can make on your home.
High humidity can make temperatures feel more extreme. High indoor humidity can be caused by outside temperature and everyday activities like showering, cooking and drying clothes. You can install a heat recovery ventilator (HRV) to control humidity without losing heat. A dehumidifier is a cheaper option that can also make a difference in your home.
Block Heater Timers
It’s a good idea to plug in your vehicle when the temperature drops below –15 C, but your vehicle only needs to be plugged in for four hours. Install a timer on your vehicle's block heater — set it to begin four hours before you plan to use your vehicle — to save about $35 a year (savings are based on reducing plug-in time from 12 hours to four hours per night).