It's been a long, cold winter across Newfoundland and Labrador. It's sent us scrambling to put on a sweater. Not to mention looking, and then doing the double-take, when we see those big numbers on our power and fuel bills. So how do we get those numbers, and the cost of heating, down in our homes — especially as the government and utilities tell us to "conserve, conserve, conserve?"
The CBC's Peter Cowan took a tour through a downtown St. John's house with Gerry Locke and Brad Dunn. They're energy advisors with AmeriSpec — a home inspection company. See where the heat goes in a typical house, and find out how you can keep it in.
It keeps you warm, but an old furnace can be sending money up the chimney. Is electric really cheaper than oil?
Quick Fix: An efficiency test done by a technician can tell you if your furnace is burning money or just humming along efficiently.