Regardless of the type of heater you have, if you operate and maintain your heating system wisely, you can reduce your heating costs and still be comfortable.
Wear warmer clothing and you'll be able to turn your heater down and stay comfortable.
It's far cheaper to turn your heater off while you're out or overnight while sleeping, and on again when you return or wake up in the morning. (Note: this isn't applicable to storage type heating such as in-slab systems that have a very slow response time).
A timer allows you to turn your heater on and off automatically, say 20–30 minutes before rising in the morning or getting home in the evening. For standard plug-in heaters, you can buy a simple timer from your local hardware store to do the same job.
Close curtains and blinds to reduce heat loss through your windows when the heater is running. Heavy curtains and a box pelmet at the top of the curtains will stop the warmed air from escaping through the unprotected glass of the window.
Insulating the ceiling, walls and floors of your home creates a sealed envelope which acts like a thermos in winter, keeping the heat generated by your heater inside your home.
Prevent loss of heat generated by your heating system by sealing gaps around doors and windows to draught-proof your home.
Keep curtains and furniture clear of outlets and the return air grille so they do not restrict the flow of air from the outlet around your home.
Ceiling fans can be effective in redistributing heat that has built-up near high ceilings.
Energy efficient appliances will save you money. The Smarter Choice retail program will help you make better choices when buying new appliances, hardware and lighting.
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