In this day and age, it’s really easy to find ways to save on energy in your home, but it can be a little intimidating for someone who hasn’t tackled it before. There are a lot of energy efficient products available on the market. We have some tips on how to get started. Whether you choose to tackle all of these, or just one at a time, every little bit you do makes a difference when it comes to saving energy and keeping your hard-earned money in your pocket!
1. Seal air leaks around windows and doors
Because air takes the path of least resistance, you can either lose air from within your home, escaping to the outdoors, or you can have a draft of cold or hot (depending on the season) air entering your home. If your air conditioner, or furnace, is having a hard time keeping up, look into whether your windows and doors need to be resealed. Most of the time, you can seal small leaks yourself with caulking. It’s relatively inexpensive, particularly when compared to the potential energy savings. Larger issues may need to be addressed by a window and door professional, which may be more costly.
2. Replace light bulbs with energy efficient models
There are two types of bulbs to look into when it comes to energy efficiency. The first is compact fluorescent lamps (or CFLs), and the second is light emitting diodes (or LEDs). Up until a few years ago, many of us were used to using incandescent bulbs, but the use of these bulbs was banned in Canada and the US between 2014 and 2015. Between CFL and LED, LED are more energy efficient, and are often available in cool white, or for those who prefer the warm glow of their old incandescent bulbs, a warm white option is often available.
3. Install a programmable thermostat
The biggest benefit to investing in a programmable thermostat is, of course, saving money. You can adjust your settings such that you create a comfortable temperature while your home, then ease up on the energy consumption during times you’re out of the home. GreenON is a program administered by the Government of Ontario where participants receive a no-cost smart thermostat and a home energy review. Learn more, or sign up, on their website.
4. Top up your attic insulation
Insulation technology changes constantly, and there is a good chance your home’s attic insulation no longer meets the minimum required amount. You will have to decide whether you want to tackle adding insulation yourself, or hiring a professional, but either way, topping up your attic insulation remains a valuable return on investment.
5. Government grants and manufacturer rebates on windows and furnace upgrades
The Government of Ontario recently announced a rebate program that gives homeowners up to $500 when they install Energy Star-certified windows, up to a maximum of $5,000. Additionally, certain furnace purchases may be eligible for a special incentives through Save on Energy.
6. Reflective film on south-facing windows
It’s important to note that not every window in your home needs reflective film, but adding it to south-facing windows will help block infrared light, which minimizes the amount of heat coming through the window in the summer and prevents warm air from escaping the house in the winter.
If you have questions about any of the above tips, or anything else related to making your home more energy efficient, contact us! We’re happy to help!