Winters in Edmonton have a bit of a reputation. Sure, freshly fallen snow has a certain beauty, but let’s be honest: winter is cold. Subzero temperatures tend to make people want to stay home and stay warm. However, this shouldn’t mean skyrocketing energy bills.

Here’s a few ways you can save energy and money during the colder months.

1. Thermostat Management

  • Program your thermostat: Program your thermostat to turn down the temperature when you’re out or asleep.
  • Optimal temperature setting: Maintain an indoor temperature of about 20° C (68° F) when you're home. Reduce it by about 4-6 degrees Celsius (7-10 degrees Fahrenheit) when you're away or asleep.
  • Lower your humidity: Take preventative measures to avoid excess humidity, including lowering your humidifier to 20 – 25%. Run bathroom fans for about an hour after a shower or bath, and turn on the kitchen vent fan during cooking to remove additional moisture. High humidity indoors can harm your windows, door frames, flooring and may lead to attic rain.

2. Insulation and Sealing

  • Weather stripping: Seal gaps around doors and windows using weather stripping to prevent cold air from entering.
  • Enhance insulation: Proper insulation in walls and attics helps maintain indoor temperatures, reducing the need for heating.

Did you know? Our new homes in Paisley include energy-efficient features like triple-pane windows and R40 attic and R20 exterior and basement insulation. Learn more.

3. Heating System Maintenance

  • Regular maintenance: Ensure that your heating system is maintained regularly for optimal performance.
  • Filter replacement: Replace filters as needed to improve airflow and efficiency.

Did you know? Each of our homes in Paisley are equipped with Heat Recovery Ventilation (HRV) systems that change and filter the air in your home every 2.5 hours.

Leveraging Natural Light

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1. Open Curtains and Blinds

  • Maximize sun exposure: Keep curtains and blinds open during the day to allow sunlight to heat the rooms.
  • Close at sunset: As the sun sets, close curtains to trap the day’s warmth inside.

2. Positioning Furniture

  • Avoid blocking windows and heat register vents: Position furniture to facilitate the free flow of air from heat register vents and to permit natural light to enter freely through windows, optimizing both ventilation and lighting in your space.
  • Utilize sunlit areas: Use the areas of your home that receive ample sunlight for your daily activities.

3. Choosing Colours Wisely

  • Light reflection: Opt for lighter colours in home décor to maximize the reflection of natural light. This makes spaces feel warmer, and it’s a popular choice in Paisley community homes.

Saving energy during winter doesn’t necessitate compromising comfort. By implementing these practical tips, you can maintain a warm and cozy home without breaking the bank.