Carbon Levy Part 3: 8 Tips To Help Homeowners Ease The Impact

The Alberta Carbon Tax 

With the Alberta Carbon Tax inflicting higher heating costs on homeowners, it is important to find ways to offset these costs. Thankfully, this list of tips can help you start saving money on your monthly heating bill right away:

1. Install High-Efficiency Heating Equipment

The most effective way for homeowners to save money on their heating bills is to make sure that they have the most efficient heating equipment. The more efficient and reliable than your heating equipment is, the lower your monthly heating bill will be. Acclaimed! has an incredible selection of efficient natural gas furnaces to help cross this one off your list!

2. Regular Maintenance

Making sure that all of your heating equipment receives regular maintenance and care is one of the most important ways that homeowners can save money on their heating bills. Simple maintenance such as furnace and duct cleaning can ensure that your equipment is running efficiently.

3. Install a Smart Thermostat

By presetting your thermostat to run 10-15 degrees cooler for 8 hours a day, you can knock about 10% off your monthly heating bill. During the day while you are at work, or at night when you are sleeping is a great time to set the thermostat to a lower temperature.

4. Seal Air Leaks in Ductwork

Energy Star warns that many households lose 20%-30% of air through leaks in air ducts. Having these ducts checked and serviced regularly can decrease the amount of lost air significantly; a technician can easily find these leaks and seal them for greater heating efficiency.

5. Heat From the Sun

During sunny days, open your curtains and let the sunshine through. The heat from the sun can actually make a big difference by decreasing how much your heating equipment needs to run. However, it is best to keep curtains closed during the night to reduce any cold drafts.

6. Lock Doors and Windows

Although doors and windows are closed, it is still possible that cold air is able to leak in from the outside. Locking doors and windows create a tighter seal against the weatherstripping, making it less easy for the cold air to come in or warm air to get out.

7. Plastic Film

Windows can generally take credit for about 25% of lost heat. However, applying plastic film around windows during the cold months can cut your heating bill by up to 14%. Even doors leading to outdoor patios that will not be in use during these cold months can be covered to cut down on heat loss.

8. Check Door Thresholds

 Another common cause of lost heat is the space beneath the doors in your home. It is a good idea to check all door thresholds for a large gap if one is clearly visible it is possible that air is entering or escaping through it. To fix this draft, simply replace the weatherstripping or place a door snake at the bottom of the door. Door snakes are relatively inexpensive and you can even make your own out of some common household items.

The most important way to cut down on your heating bill is to make sure that you have efficient and reliable heating equipment in your home, and to keep that equipment serviced regularly by properly certified technicians.

If you live in the Edmonton and surrounding areas you need not worry. Acclaimed! Heating, Cooling & Furnace Cleaning has all of the right people, products, and services to help ease the effect of the carbon levy and get all of your heating needs taken care of. We have been helping homeowners for over 20 years and we are here to answer your questions when it comes to heating your home.  Contact us today!

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