Take steps now to help bring down your future energy bills

Reporter/Byline: Marc Atiyolil for the Toronto Star

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Summer is coming to an end. The trees are about to switch to their autumn attires of yellows, oranges and reds. While still thinking about how to spend the last of your precious summer days, be conscious of the cold winter months lurking just around the corner, and with them, the updates you should be making to your home.

Your home must be a well-oiled machine working at maximum capacity so as to ensure that your wallet isn’t getting drained with high-energy bills.

There are a few modifications you can do to your home to help reduce energy consumption:

Windows:

Older homes may have cracked windows or are not properly sealed. Any imperfection can cause your energy bill to skyrocket. Think of your home as a car. In the cold, if a car window is slightly open while the heater is on, the car will constantly be struggling to keep passengers warm and cosy. The same can be said for our homes; if the windows are cracked and are leaving cold air into the space, your furnace will struggle to keep your home warm.

Doors and weather stripping:

Outdated doors that let cold air in. With outside doors starting at a couple of hundred dollars at big box stores, it just makes sense to replace them. If you are keeping your front door for esthetic reasons but the weather stripping is worn, replace the weather stripping. They’re easy to install.

Maintain your furnace:

It is important that you get it checked on a yearly basis to ensure it is working to its maximum efficiency. Little things such as changing the filter make a big difference. It is always best that you have your furnace looked at before it gets cold out; you don’t want to get stuck on a harsh winter night without heat.

Do you take winter holidays? During this time, you may leave your home without knowing if your furnace will be working properly. That’s okay in the summer months but in winter, a sudden lowering of your home’s temperature can cause water pipes to burst that can cause water damage. Consider looking at a security system that will monitor the temperature of your home and advise you when there is a sudden change in its temperature.

There are many ways to look forward to our autumn months while reminiscing about our gorgeous summer weather. Bundle up and enjoy nature’s beautiful autumn colours.

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