Utilities Kingston offers event to help homeowners conserve energy

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Utilities Kingston is marking Home Heating Week with a public drop-in event and an online contest — both aimed at improving the energy efficiency of homes.

According to Utilities Kingston, Home Heating Week takes place November 27 to December 1, 2023. The utility company is holding a public drop-in event at the Utilities Kingston offices, 85 Lappan’s Lane, from 5 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2023, where Utilities Kingston’s Conservation Coordinator will demonstrate tips and tricks to improve the energy efficiency of your home this heating season.

“By supporting our customers in making their homes more energy efficient and better manage their utility bills, we’re working together to take climate action and reduce our community’s carbon footprint,” said Caro Casista, Conservation Coordinator for Utilities Kingston

According to a release from Utilities Kingston, over 60 per cent of household annual energy costs go towards heating your home, so it’s worth heating it as efficiently as possible.  

Also during Home Heating Week, Utilities Kingston customers are invited to complete an online home heating quiz and be entered into a draw to win a programmable Google Nest smart thermostat. The contest will be open from Monday, Nov. 27 to Friday, Dec. 8, 2023. Contest rules and information, and the online home heating quiz will be available at www.UtilitiesKingston.com.

Utilities Kingston shared the following conservation tips for the heating season:

  • Air leaks account for the largest amount of heat loss from your home. Seal leaks around light fixtures, plumbing stacks, windows, exterior doors, attic hatches, pipe and wire entrances, wood-burning fireplaces, electrical outlets, and ceiling fans.
  • Avoid having your furnace thermostat in a room with a fireplace.
  • Keep warm-air registers, baseboard heaters, and radiators clean and unblocked.
  • Insulate heating ducts that travel through unheated areas of your home to prevent heat loss.
  • Set the furnace fan switch on “automatic” instead of “on” or “continuous.”
  • Clean or replace the furnace filter frequently to keep your furnace operating efficiently.
  • When buying a new furnace, look for the most energy-efficient model you can find.
  • Have a licensed HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning) professional service your furnace yearly to ensure it is operating at maximum efficiency. 
  • In the winter set the thermostat to 20C when you are home and 18C overnight or when away.

More resources are available on the Utilities Kingston website.

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