As the cooler months approach, heating your home can become more expensive, especially if your home is lacking insulation. Proper insulation and draft-proofing not only saves money, but it keeps heat inside your home for more comfort during the winter months.
Windows and doors with the ENERGY STAR® symbol can be a big help in the fight to keep heat in. Choosing windows with the ENERGY STAR® symbol, combined with the use of proper caulking around windows can help to keep the draft out and the heat in.
Another great way to save money on your home heating costs is to take advantage of Nova Scotia Power’s Time of Day (TOD) power rates. TOD rates are special power rates that reflect the cost of producing electricity at different times of the day. If you have an Electric Thermal Storage (ETS) system, you can take advantage of Nova Scotia Power’s TOD rates. An ETS system allows homeowners to store heat during the night, when power rates are lowest. By taking advantage of TOD rates, you save up to half-off standard electricity rates every night of the year and 24 hours a day on holidays and weekends, for all electricity used in your home.
An air source heat pump is another heating option for your home. Heat pumps work on a simple principle, in the winter they absorb heat from the outside air and circulate it through your home via ductwork. In the summer, they remove the heat and humidity from the air inside your home and release it to the outside.
Much like a refrigerator, heat pumps use refrigerant that draws heat from the air at temperatures as low as -8 C. If the outside air is below that temperature, the heat pump uses a back-up heating source, such as electric coils or ETS. On average, heat pumps work without backup, providing 85 per cent of a home’s total heating needs. The result is a highly efficient heating and cooling solution.
Heat pumps with ETS are basically a combination of the two systems. These allow a homeowner to get their heat from the heat pump, regardless of temperature. If the temperature is too low, it takes heat from what was stored in the unit, rather than resorting to electric coils.
For more information on Nova Scotia Power’s time-of-day rates, home heating systems, and to find out how to finance these products, call 1-800-428-NSPI (6774) or visit www.nspower.ca