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Winter and the holidays are quickly approaching which leaves us turning to creative ways to keep the house warm and save a little money while we're at it! Here are a couple of our suggestions of how to keep warmth in your house and cash in your pocket!


Let your drapes do some work


During the day, pull those curtains wide open and allow the sunshine to help heat! Even on cold days, the sun is still warm so take advantage of the sunny side of your house. Once the sun sets for the night, close the drapes and let them work as a barrier keeping the heat from escaping through the windows. You may also want to consider getting some insulated curtains for your windows. 


Get a helping hand from technology


You've got a million things on your mind - don't make energy efficiency another one of your worries! Look into installing some programmable thermostats - many will allow you to set up a heating schedule to maintain the warm in your home instead of constantly adjusting it manually. This way, you can program your home to stop heating when your cozy in bed or out at work. 


Take the opportunity to redecorate


Moving some furniture around your home may help keep your house toasty. Take a walk around the rooms in your home and be sure you aren't covering up any vents or baseboard heaters. Not only can furniture covering them be a fire hazard but it also prevents warm air from circulating. 


Ceiling fans aren't just great for summer


Your ceiling fans may be sitting needlessly dormant during the cooler winter months. Check your fans to see if they have a 'winter' or 'reverse' setting. This will reverses the fan's rotation; pushing the heat back down into your rooms. Be sure to have your fan on its lowest setting so it doesn't cool the air though. 


Lower your heated square footage


Just like turning off a light when you leave the room, remember to close the door behind you too! By closing off rooms that aren't in use, this will allow the warm air to better circulate throughout the house If you have floor vents, you can also shut these in the unused rooms - just be sure to reopen them before your in-laws take over the spare room during the holidays! 


Look for leaks


On a particularly chilly or windy day, take a stroll around your home and feel for drafts and leaks. There are often great hiding spots for leaks including attics, basements/crawlspaces and kitchen hood vents. Many of these spots have direct access to the outside of your home through vents that should be closed in the winter and open in the summer. Don’t forget to check the seals/weather stripping around doors and windows. Check out


Heat the house and fill your belly


That's right! Two birds with one stone folks. Instead of jacking up the radiator or gas fireplace, take it to the kitchen and cook up some great meals. Comfort food goes hand in hand with a warm home so preheat that oven and get to casseroling. Roast a chicken, bake some cookies or cook a lasagna !


Add layers to your wood floors


Did you know that uninsulated wood floors can account for up to 10% of a home’s heat loss? Adding carpets and rugs to your décor not only looks great but it also helps to keep your rooms warm.  So check out those holiday sales and add some warmth where you walk!


Finally - Heat the person, not the home 


Toss some cozy throw blankets on the couch, brew a cup of hot chocolate and slip on your favourite slippers. Heating the person instead of the house is certainly the most cost efficient way but wearing a hat and mitts inside your home is not a good look. Make a few changes to make a big difference and find the perfect balance in order to be comfortable.  


Stay warm this winter Victoria! 



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