For most Canadians, the rising cost of home heating is a bothersome concern. Efficient home heating is the key to keeping your energy costs down. Here are some quick, easy and most importantly, inexpensive ways to maximize warmth & minimize expense:

Adjust Your Personal Thermostat - Wear a sweater and dress warmly around the house. When you're relaxing you are more susceptible to a chill, so toss a throw around you. Since hot air rises, resist the icy influence of cooler floors with thick socks or slippers.

Adjust Your Home Thermostat - Set your thermostat at 21o C when you are home awake, 18o C when you're sleeping and 15o C when you're out of the house. You save about 3% on your heating bill for every degree that you dial down.

Let the Sunshine In - While up to 25% of your home's heat is lost through its windows, they are also a source of solar warmth. During the daylight hours, keep your drapes open and let the sun help heat your home. Insulate your windows with plastic film to reduce heat loss by 50%. Insulating curtains are expensive but pay for themselves within seven years.

Seal the Leaks - Caulk, seal and weather strip around windows and doorframes, baseboards, ducts, electrical outlets, and attic access doors to save up to 20% on your heating bill. If possible, add extra insulation as increasing insulation from a minimal depth to the currently recommended levels in your area could save you 30% or more on your heating bill.

Close the Doors - Turn down the heat and close interior doors leading to hallways, stairways or rarely used rooms. Close the fireplace flue when you're not enjoying a fire.