Energy Saving Tips for a Vancouver winter

Q What can I do to reduce the impact of the gas rates on my gas bill this winter?
If you don’t already have one, consider installing a programmable thermostat.
A Here are some suggestions to help you save energy and money:
1. Every degree that you set your thermostat lower will help you save on your heating costs. For example, set your thermostat to 20 C when you’re home and to 17 C when you go to bed or when you’re away from home.
If you don’t already have one, consider installing a programmable thermostat. Honeywell (1-866-251-2397) carries a full line of very user- friendly models that are simple to install and program.
2. Service and tune your furnace or boiler regularly for safety, efficiency and maximum energy.
Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines, which may include annual maintenance. If you have a forced -air system, clean or replace the filter regularly.
3. Add or upgrade weather stripping around exterior doors and replace broken caulking around windows — inexpensive ways to keep drafts out.
4. If you are looking for a new heating system, choose a high-efficiency model with a rated efficiency greater than 90 per cent.
5. Choose an energy-efficient water heater. Consider installing a Tankless Hot Water Heater; also known as Instantaneous or Demand Water Heater.
Tankless heaters heat water on demand, saving the energy used to keep the tank warm.
6. Consider upgrading windows and insulation in your home to increase comfort and save energy.
– Shell Busey, The Province