Capetonians, our winter is coming. And before that first cold front of the season hits us, you need to make sure that your home is not just warm, but also energy efficient.

While cosy nights spent indoors are what makes winter such a great season, keeping your home toasty warm shouldn’t come at the expense of a skyrocketing gas bill.

Here at Winelands Gas, we want to help you stay comfortable and make the most of your gas supply this winter. And in this blog, we are going to give you some great advice that you might find helpful.

Keeping the Warmth In

Before cranking up the heater, you need to make sure that your home is well-equipped to retain the heat. Here are some insulation tips:

  • Seal the Deal: Drafty windows and doors are notorious energy guzzlers, especially here in the Cape where that wind howls each time a storm hits. Before the season gets cold, you should invest in weather stripping or caulking to plug any leaks around windows and doors.
  • Insulate your Ceiling: Don’t let precious heat escape through your roof! Ensure your ceiling has adequate insulation to keep warm air circulating effectively.
  • Rug Up: Lay down cosy rugs on bare floors. Not only will they feel great underfoot, but they’ll also help trap heat radiating from the floor.
Gast stove maintained by Wineland Gas

Gas Heater Maintenance Matters

A well-maintained gas heater is not only efficient but also ensures safe operation. Here are some tips:

  • Schedule a Service: Before winter arrives, have a qualified technician inspect your gas heater to ensure it’s running smoothly and efficiently.
  • Cleanliness is Key: Regularly vacuum or dust around the heater’s vents to prevent dust build-up that can impede airflow.
  • Mind the Filter: Replace your gas heater’s air filter according to the manufacturer’s instructions. A clean filter allows for optimal performance.

Budgeting for Winter Warmth

Staying warm shouldn’t break the bank! Here are some tips to manage your gas usage:

  • Programmable Power: Invest in a programmable thermostat. By setting different temperatures for when you’re at home, asleep, or away, you can significantly reduce gas consumption.
  • Embrace the Layers: Cosy sweaters and slippers are your friends! Bundling up allows you to set the heater down a few degrees without sacrificing your comfort.
  • Sunshine is Free Heat: During the day, open your curtains and blinds to let the sunshine in. Natural light warms up your living space, reducing reliance on the heater.

By following these simple tips, you can enjoy a warm and comfortable winter while keeping your gas usage (and bill) under control. At Winelands Gas, we’re here to help! We offer a variety of resources and services to ensure your home is safe, efficient, and ready to take on the winter chill.