Saving energy in your home is good for your bank account and the environment! Here are a few easy home energy saving tips to get you started in the new year.
- Turn off all lights, TV’s, radios, computers etc. if no one is in the room using them.
- Switch light bulbs to LED. While these bulbs are more expensive they last longer and use less energy.
- Repair or replace any leaking faucets and toilets. These leaks can waste litres of water if not dealt with.
- Install low-flow faucets, showerheads and toilets.
- Do not block airflow from floor vents with furniture or draperies, but if you are not using a room on a regular basis close the vents.
- Reseal any windows and doors that are leaking and install gaskets around electrical outlets.
- Unplug appliances that are not being used on a regular basis..
- Clean your refrigerators coils and make sure that the door has a tight seal.
- Always run a full load in your dishwasher and change the settings from heat dry to air dry.
- When you purchase appliances or office equipment look for ones that have the Energy Star label.
- Install a programmable thermostat so the heat in your home will automatically be adjusted to your schedule.
- Replace the air filter on your furnace every 1-2 months to keep it operating in an efficient manner.
- Have your furnace inspected on a yearly basis to ensure it is running at its peak.
- Wash your clothes in cold water and make sure each load is full.
- Do not over dry your clothing and use a clothesline when possible.
- If you have single pane windows, install a plastic covering during the winter months or consider replacing the windows.
To learn more about energy efficiency for your home check out Natural Resources Canada.