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Temperature and Energy Use

March 25, 2015

March 25, 2015

This past February was the coldest February on record for Halton Region. That means our heating systems had to work extra hard to keep up. The average temperature this past February was -12.6 degrees, whereas last year it was -8 degrees. That means our furnaces had to work 16% harder to keep the inside temperature the same as last year.

Overall, the winter was fairly consistent with last year, but February has certainly had an impact on our heating bills. Remember, even if you don’t heat with electricity, your furnace motor and fan has to run more too, impacting your electricity bill.

Winter 2014/2015
Month Avg. Daily Temp. Compared to last winter Compared to 2 years ago
November 1.9 1% Colder 11% Colder
December 0 19% Warmer 4% Colder
January -7.6 4% Warmer 27% Colder
February -12.6 16% Colder 36% Colder
Average winter -4.6 1.5% Warmer 19.5% Colder
Data Source: Environment Canada Temperature and Heating Degree Days Data from Pearson International Weather Station

What can you do?

  • Try turning your thermostat down just a little. Each degree can save around 2% on your heating costs.
  • Install a programmable thermostat. Sign up for our peaksaverPLUS program and get one for free. Set your thermostat to automatically lower the temperature at night and when you’re away from home.
  • Seal up those drafts! Air leaking around windows, doors, vents and electrical outlets can account for as much as 25% of your total heating costs. Weather stripping or caulking is low cost and easy to install.
  • Check out your energy use online. Sign up for AccountOnline to view your detailed energy use on our website. It’s free, easy and secure.