One of the biggest shocks after moving to Toronto was realizing how expensive utilities were here, especially during winters which are significantly colder than winters in Amsterdam. Last winter was especially cold in Toronto, which caused my heating bills to skyrocket.
The average temperature in Amsterdam during January is 38 F, while in Toronto it’s 25 F. That means its 13 F warmer on average during January in Amsterdam. This winter in Toronto was especially brutal with average temperature of 9 F during February! No wonder my heating bill was through the roof.
It’s currently summer in Toronto, but it’s never to early to prepare for the upcoming winter to make sure your heating bills are kept low without sacrificing comfort.
1. Turn Down the Heat During Night
You don’t exactly need the room to be 68 F during the night. Instead, bundle up under your blankets to keep yourself warm and turn your heat down to around 55 F. Don’t bother wearing boxers and no shirt during winter. Wear a nice comfy sweater, thick pajamas, and warm socks. Then when you wake up you can increase the heat again to 68 F. This little trick saves an enormous amount in heating bills.
2. Make Sure The Heat is Always Off in Unused Rooms
It’s crazy how many people leave the heat on in rooms that they’re not using. Always turn off the heat in unused rooms, and make sure you close their doors tight to minimize heat loss. Make sure your indoor doors aren’t leaving too much space for heat to escape.
3. Make Your Furnace is Working Properly, and Replace It if It Isn’t
Hire an electrician to ensure that your furnace is working 100%. A furnace that’s malfunctioning can drastically drive up heating bills or make or your life miserable if its stop working. Its important to perform regular maintenance on it. If your furnace is having issues and needs to be replaced, I recommend hiring a licensed Toronto electrician and having them take care of the issue.
4. Make Sure Your Doors and Windows Aren’t Leaking Heat
Most Doors that open to the outdoors usually consist of two doors in parallel to protect the home from the cold. The rule is that if you can see daylight underneath your door, it’ll leak heat. In that case you’ll need to get a contractor to modify the door to make sure it doesn’t leak heat. For your windows you always want to make sure that you have a double layered window, and that both windows are layered shut.