3 Ways to Reduce Heating Costs This Winter January 18, 2016 Winter is upon us. That means it’s time to turn on the furnace and begin shoveling out a considerable amount of money just to stay warm. For people who have lived in Canada all their life, they are used to the cold, harsh winters. For those that have recently moved here from a warmer climate, it can be quite a shock. There are many strategies people employ to help save money on their heating costs: Here are three ways to help reduce heating expenses this winter. 1. Turn the thermostat down. Bundling up is a great way to stay warm without having to turn the heat up. By turning the thermostat down, wearing more layers of clothes, and even using blankets while relaxing on the couch watching TV with loved ones, you can help cut down heating costs significantly. 2. Get an energy audit. By getting an energy audit of your house, you can determine where the drafts exist in your home. As a result, you can improve the insulation on your house by hiring the right home improvement contractor to address these issues. 3. Replace your old windows. If you have old windows, you’re likely dealing with a significant drafty issue already. When you make an investment in replacing your old windows with newer, more energy-efficient ones, you can save a tremendous amount of money every month during the winter. In fact, 40 percent of your home’s heat will be lost through drafty windows and doors. By making this change, you can improve the energy efficiency of those windows by up to 80 percent or more.