How To: Make your home more energy efficient

Want to save some money on your energy bill? 

Since we're quickly getting into the winter season, you will want to consider utilizing energy efficient methods around your Home.

Energy-efficient items are designed to utilize less energy to do their main function. These products will ultimately reduce energy waste resulting in a lower energy bill.

Here are some tips as well as affordable products to consider introducing into your Home.

Air-Dry

Skip the dryer and leave clothes hanging on the banister, a clothesline or a multi-layered clothing rack. Not only will this skip the occasional, "Who put my shirt in the dryer?" argument — it will save you money on energy costs.

Are you a frequent dishwasher user? After the dishes have been washed, leave the dishwasher door open so you can avoid the heated dry.

Replace Your Old Thermostat

Depending on where you're living, you could have one of those old thermostats that have a toggle switch allowing you to turn the heat or the air on.

As an alternative option, programmable thermostats have the ability to set a desired temperature at a specific time. To save money and energy, you can turn down the heat according to your work and sleep schedule. Some of the more advanced "smart" products have WiFi connection, touch-screens and Alexa/Google compatibility.

Even though the newer thermostats are a costly up-front purchase, they are necessary to guarantee you future energy savings.

This affordable thermostat is currently available on Amazon Canada.

Replace Your Furnace Filter

Do you remember the last time you changed your furnace filter? If your answer is no, you know what to do after work! Changing your filter not only removes the dust that is pulled in by the duct but it allows your furnace to work more effectively. 

Seal Air Leaks

Air leaks, no matter their size, can be damaging to your heating in the wintertime. As a temporary fix for smaller leaks, you can use caulk. Anything bigger may require immediate repairing or polyurethane foam.

LED Lightbulbs

If you haven't already changed your incandescent bulbs to LED, do that right away! It's already been proven that LED bulbs are the most energy-efficient bulb that is available on the market.

 LED CLF Incandescent

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Turn Off Your Electronics

Even when you're out of the house or sleeping, your plugged-in electronics are burning away energy that isn't being used. This includes a:

  • Desktop computer
  • Monitor
  • Printer
  • Fax machine
  • Paper shredder
  • Phone charger
  • Beauty appliance (hair dryer, curler, flat iron, etc.)

Consider unplugging some of these electronics after use.

Natural Light

Living in a naturally lit space as opposed to an artificially lit space has been proven to boost both energy and mood levels. If possible, embrace areas of the house that are close to any windows. You can also brighten your living area by adding candles and LED string lights.

Break Bad Habits

Make some rules in the house to teach the kids or even your partner to make your house as efficient as possible. This means:

  • Turning off the light once you've left the room
  • Fully closing the refrigerator/freezer
  • Use the oven light to look inside the oven instead of opening the door
  • Turn off the water tap when you're not using it

These small tasks are enough to save you in the long run.

Consider Energy Star

Have you ever seen the blue square sticker attached to kitchen appliances at department stores? This sticker indicates that the appliance is apart of Energy Star. This company provides consumers with energy-efficient products for Home or commercial use. Their products use 10-50% less energy than regular appliances. If you have a major appliance that needs replacing, consider going green with Energy Star.

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Assess Your Energy Bill

If you don't understand the charges you're paying for on your energy bill, visit your providers website or reach out to a representative.

As an example, ENMAX utilizes an energy breakdown tool called, My Energy IQ.

This online tool features bill comparisons, charts, tips and information that has to deal with your monthly energy consumption. After this assessment, you can take the necessary steps to improve your energy intake.

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Think you can lower your energy bill this winter season? Give it a try! Let us know if you have any energy-saving tips you utilize around your Home. 

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