SLIDESHOW: Save Money on Winter Essentials
Heating: Cut the Draft and Your Bill
Like you, I usually ignore the public service flyers from my provincial government telling me how to save on energy costs. Maybe I don't like to be reminded that there are things I can do to help the planet that I'm not doing. But wait -- I could save money too? Hydro and natural gas bills skyrocket over the winter -- sometimes to double what they are in the spring and fall. A few simple and inexpensive fixes could save a couple of hundred bucks this winter. Go to your hardware store and buy some cheap weather-stripping for your doors and windows. This will stop the drafts that are flooding your home with cold air and robbing you of heat. Look into local tax credits for energy retrofits like new windows and doors. If you don't want to spend any money, suck it up and wear an extra layer around the house.