A glistening blanket of snow will soon be upon the Comox Valley; and with those long-lost low temperatures returning, we can quickly fall victim to increased utility bills. Running the furnace, lazing by the gas fireplace and dark setting in earlier all contribute to higher monthly utility costs. What better time to lend these tips to save on not only on your winter heating, but on your monthly utility costs as a whole? 


Programable Thermostat

Is there any better feeling than hitting the ground running in the morning on a warm floor and returning from a hard day’s work to a cozy home to boot? Keeping comfortable temperatures while you are home is a must; but while you venture out for the day, set your baseline temperature a few degrees lower. Direct Energy published figures estimating savings of 1 percent for each degree the thermostat is adjusted per 8 hours and noted that turning thermostats back 7 to 10 degrees from their normal settings for 8 hours per day could achieve up to 10% in annual savings.

Cable, Internet and Phone Charges

Here in the Courtenay Real Estate Area we’re no strangers to costly cable bills. It sure feels great to bundle up by the TV on a cold evening; but consider ditching your cable for entertainment at 10% of the investment. With so many traditional television alternatives to choose from; Netflix, Crave, Apple, Prime Video, Hayu and more, there really are endless options for those relaxing couch sessions all while saving bank. Additional cost saving suggestions include; shopping the market for competitive services, reducing your cell phone data package during the season you are at home on WIFI most often and eliminating unnecessary extras. 

Water Consumption

An all-year-round tip in the water world; turn the taps off. It sure sounds simple, and yet we catch ourselves running the water excessively while brushing our teeth, washing dishes and staying in the shower for far too long relaxing. Generate a reduction in your water bill of up to $25 per month by turning the taps off while brushing twice daily. With this conscious effort, you’ll not only support healthy saving habits, but you’ll also contribute to countering the growing global water concerns.

Weather Stripping

Protect your home from a sneaky draft by replacing the weather-stripping on your exterior doors. For under $20 per door, this investment will more than earn itself back as your precious heat remains contained through the winter months. This year-round stripping will also serve as the barrier to hold your air conditioning in during the summer months and can act as a deterrent for pesky insects seeking a cozy new home.

Optimize Window Performance

Aside from being a decorative touch to your favourite living spaces and bedrooms, energy-efficient blinds and curtains can help to hold your furnace’s hard work inside your home. Ensure your curtains remain drawn during the day, coupled with your lower thermostat settings to optimize day-time efficiencies. When your curtains can no longer hide the significant loss of heat through old windows, consult a local window supply and installation professional to visit for a complimentary consultation. Window installation is a large investment, one that will not only help with heating costs but also add to the value of your home as an owner or seller.


The Bryce Hansen Team is proud to bring superior service to Real Estate in the Comox Valley, and that starts here with industry news and tips. From buying to selling, we’d love the opportunity to discuss your unique real estate needs. Call the Bryce Hansen Team today 250-334-9900 or send us a note through our contact page.

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