Maintain an energy efficient home

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Saving energy in the home can help you keep costs down. In many cases, energy efficiency is the result of proper maintenance. Not only will your home be more energy efficient – but also less vulnerable to some hazards and insurance claims.

There are countless actions you can take around the home to cut back on your energy consumption. Here are a few suggestions to consider.

Heating your home
Improving air circulation
The thermostat
Fireplaces
Air conditioners
Faucets
In the kitchen
In the bathroom
In the laundry area

Heating your home

Heating is one of the major energy consumers in the home. No matter what kind of system you have, the following tips will help keep your home heating energy consumption in check.

  • Keep the heat in! Improve your home’s insulation and make it more airtight while ensuring there is proper ventilation. Caulking and weather stripping are inexpensive ways to reduce air leakage from you home.
  • Open the drapes /blinds and let the sun in during the day to help warm the home and close them when the sun goes down.
  • Regular maintenance of your heating system is important for both efficiency and safety. Make sure it is done once a year.
  • Clean or replace your furnace filter at least every three months during the heating season.

Improving air circulation

The thermostat

According to Natural Resources Canada by installing a programmable thermostat, you can save two percent on your heating bill for each degree Celsius you lower the thermostat. Lowering the thermostat at bedtime and before leaving the house reduces your energy consumption without affecting your comfort.

Fireplaces

Traditional wood fireplaces draw valuable heat out of the house, while gas fireplaces with sealed units maximize heat use. Tightly fitted glass doors and outdoor air intakes help improve fireplace efficiency.

Air conditioners

Faucets

Dripping faucets waste water. Hot water from a dripping tap could fill more than 15 bathtubs in a month!

In the kitchen

In the bathroom

In the laundry area