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30
Nov
2017

How You Can Save Money This Winter


From changing the way you think about things like sweaters and your heat settings, to taking advantage of programs that are designed to help you improve insulation and save money, there are a lot of different ways to save money this winter.

No one is saying that you have to sacrifice something like comfort. All we’re suggesting is that there smarter, cost-effective methods that can help you to save a significant amount of money, while also taking advantage of easy ways to reduce your carbon footprint.

Easy Tips To Save Money This Winter

We definitely want you to stay warm this winter. At the same time, we also think there are probably at least a couple of things you could do, in terms of lowering your energy costs. Let’s take a look at a few simple things you can try, when it comes to something like how you can save money this winter:

Open your blinds during the day

Opening your blinds during the day isn’t just a great way to bring natural light into your space. It also takes advantage of the natural heat that’s produced by the sun, even on a chilly day. You can close them at night, and then open them during the morning hours. Simple!

Change your air/furnace filters

Dirty filters can force your HVAC unit to work harder. If the filters are filthy, it might be time to replace them. Doing so will make for a much more efficient machine in your home.

Reverse your ceiling fan

Since hot air is known to rise, you can reverse your fans, and then run them on a low setting. This will actually bounce the warm air back down to the ground, where it belongs.

The benefits of a tune-up 

At least once a year, you should pay for a professional to inspect your current heat/air system. Doing so can catch small problems, before they get to the point of becoming very serious problems. You’re spending a little money now, but you’re saving a lot of money later on. A tune-up ensures your system will run at peak performance on even the coldest of days.

Replace windows and doors

This is another measure that involves spending a little money in the present. However, consider the long-term savings of having more efficient windows and doors for your home, beyond the aesthetic value.

Turn down the thermostat

No, we’re not saying that you have to drop your thermostat down to sub-arctic levels. However, lowering your thermostat by even a couple of degrees can lead to big savings over the long term. Get around the change in your “normal” temperature by wearing warmer clothing around the house. After a while, you won’t even feel the difference you felt at the start of this.

Government rebates

Believe it or not, but you can take advantage of government rebates that are designed to do two things. They can help you to save a lot of money, and they can lead to a home that is more efficient. For example, Manitoba Hydro features a Home Insulation Program. Simply by making some basic changes to how you insulate your home, the program will let you enjoy rebates. You will need to meet certain eligibility requirements, in addition to Power Smart requirements for insulation.

Save Money This Winter

With all of the tips mentioned above, you should definitely start to see some major changes to your monthly energy costs. You can enjoy winter in supreme comfort. You’re just a little smarter about how you keep the house going during the colder months.

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Sanjay Tamang
a month ago
Love our new windows and doors. We had all our windows replaced on the main floor, side door and front door, as well as the storm doors. The installation team was great. They removed the existing awning and were really great at cleaning up after the work. There were a couple of issues after the install, but the after sales service team of Alex and Walter were able to resolve it promptly. Great advice from Walter about keeping the humidity inside the house to maintain the windows, and also how to operate them properly. And thanks very much Alex and team for buying the doorbell and installing it for us, as well as fixing the bottom part of the door frames to cover holes on the flooring. Appreciate all your hard work and for going the extra mile. Will definitely recommend your company to friends, neighbors and family.
Thomas Carlyle
a week ago
NorthShield did an excellent job with our house. They were the lowest price our of 4 companies I contacted for quotes. The windows look beautiful, and the molding is very well done. The installation was very quick, they replaced all of the windows in our house in about 4 hours. They cleaned up everything completely afterwards inside and outside, you can't even tell they were here! Very professional, very high quality installation, materials and work. I would highkly recommend them.
Courtney Schappert
2 months ago
Likely a good company for windows, installers seemed competent. However for doors they seemed to have much less experience. My salesman left the company midway through the process and I wasn't informed, and turns out some miscommunication between him and I led to a product I didn't want. The door is nice, just not what I had thought I ordered, and it took about 4 months to get, so I accepted it. The paint also chipped after they left, which leaves a bad feeling (even though that's more of a manufacturer issue than NorthShield issue). I'm not saying these guys are going to be bad for you, but I'm not thrilled with my result. REPLY December 5, 2018: I had called about the paint chip and wrong door options already at the time and was told there was no recourse for me. The paint chip was there when I came home from work after the door was installed, but you provided a picture the installers took before the paint was chipped, so at that time I was told there was no recourse. The wrong options I was told was due to a salesman who took my order having left the company, and there was no paperwork showing my chosen option (no door handle hole to be cut). I will call again tomorrow and update this with the results of that conversation.
Carl To
4 months ago
Alex and the team at north shield were amazing. Great customer service, along with a great team of installers. North shield replaced my 2 front living room windows in 1 day. They even took away my awning! Highly recommended
Lois
3 months ago
Very professional workers that despite finding, no vapor barrier and wood rot on our deck, fixed it right and continued to install our very beautiful door and side light without complaint. I would highly recommend Northshield to any friends, neighbors or anyone else. I am a very Happy, Happy Gal with my beautiful new door!
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