CANADIAN WINTERS are cold, dark and unpredictable, so there’s every reason to pre- pare your home before temperatures drop. The following tips willkeep you cozyand safe this winter, as well as help save on rising
Get ready for winter
•Install energy-efficient windows.
Replace old windows with energy-efficient
ones. Choose options such as low-emissivity
(low-E) glass, gas-filled glazing or windows
that have insulated spacers.
•Light the way. Brighten shorter days
with energy-efficient lighting. Compact fluorescent bulbs, for instance, use 66 per cent less
energy than a standard incandescent bulb,
and last up to 10 times longer.
Consider installing insulation in floors over
uninsulated areas. Fibreglass insulation pro-
vides excellent thermal performance and can
also be used to insulate the walls of cold rooms,
such as the basement, crawl space and garage.
•Arm your alarms. Smoke alarms and
carbon monoxide detectors are essential to
safety, but these devices don’t work if the batteries are dead. It’s a good idea to change the
batteries when daylight saving time ends.
•Insulate (or re-insulate) your attic. Top
up the amount of insulation you have in your
attic to at least 38 centimetres (15 inches)—or
R- 50 (the thermal resistance rating appropriate for use in an attic)—and help slow the
amount of heat escaping from the top of your
home. Do this and you may see up to a 28 per
cent savings on your heating costs next month.
•Seal air leaks. Cold air can enter through
the exterior of your house, so it’s important to
caulk, seal and weather-strip around all seams,
cracks and openings.
Sources: News Canada ( www.newscanada.
com) and the British Columbia Automobile
Association ( www.bcaa.com)
•Heat efficiently. Consider installing an
energy-efficient furnace. An average home can
save up to $543 in natural gas and electrical
costs annually when upgrading from a standard
60 per cent efficiency natural gas furnace to a 95
per cent efficiency furnace.
•Insulate floors over cold spaces.
•Cut the heat. Remember to turn down
the thermostat when you’re not at home and
The Costco Connection
Your local Costco warehouse carries energy-efficient light bulbs, outdoor lighting, LED
Christmas lights, smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, and batteries. Costco.ca offers
sales and installation services for energy-efficient furnaces and windows.
while you’re sleeping. Consider installing a
programmable thermostat, which automatically reduces heating and cooling.
Perfect for homes, condos, dens,
family rooms, game rooms,
bedrooms or home office
• Solid wood and wood veneer mantel with
Midnight Cherry Finish
• NEW Control function graphic indicators
- Digital temperature control 17 °C - 27 °C
- Adjustable flame brightness
- Control fades out when not in use
• Includes remote control ( 1 CR2032 3V battery included)
• 1,350 watt heater, 4,600 BTUs per hour
• CSA approved electric insert
• Assembled dimensions with mantel:
1. 52 m W x 98.4 cm H x 50. 8 cm D
( 60 in. W x 38.75 in. H x 20 in. D)
Twin-Star International, Inc.
Delray Beach, FL 33445