Energy efficiency allows you to use less energy while achieving the same end results.
Technology and modern inventions have improved the quality of life for many people around the world. Many of the products we use on a daily basis in the home consume significant energy. Making energy efficient choices can help you reduce your energy consumption, lower your energy bills and also reduce your carbon footprint in the environment. Here are 25 tips to make your home more energy efficient organized by immediate and larger options.
Steps To Take For Immediate Improvements
1. Decrease Your Thermostat in Colder Months and Increase in Summer Months
Lowering your thermostat during cooler months by just three to five degrees will decrease your monthly energy bill. If you drop that down by 10 to 15 degrees during work day hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., you can save as much as 5 to 15 percent every year, according toEnergy.gov. Set your thermostat as high as you can possibly in the summer and as low as possible in the winter for maximum savings
2. Use Natural Light
Whenever possible, use natural light.
3. Wash Any Clothes You Can in Cold Water
Washing clothes consumes a lot of energy. Turn off heated dry on your dishwasher and air dry instead.
4. Keep the Refrigerator at the Manufacturer Setting
Set your refrigerator temperature to the manufacturer’s recommendation to avoid excessive cooling and wasting energy.
5. Turn Your Computer Off
This goes for related equipment too like your printer or fax machine.
6. Use Dishwashers and the Washer/Dryer at Night
This keeps the house cooler.
7. Keep Appliances Away From the Thermostat
Avoid placing appliances such as lamps or TVs that give off heat, near a thermostat.
8. Turn Off the Oven a Few Minutes Before the Cooking Time is Up
Your food will continue to cook without using the extra electricity.
9. Unplug Your Cell Phone and Unused Chargers
Only charge your phone for a few hours. It does not need to be plugged in overnight. The average charger consumes 0.26 watts of energy when not in use and 2.24 watts when connected to your phone. Many chargers together can add up to 10 percnt of your energy bill, according to Energy.gov. Unplug your chargers when not in use.
10. Install Low-Flow Showerheads
Install low-flow showerheads to improve the water efficiency of your home as low-flow showerheads have a flow rate of less than 2.5 gpm (gallons per minute), compared to regular showerheads at 5 gallons per minute.
11. Replace Filters
Dirty air filters make heating and cooling systems work less efficiently.
12. Start a Compost Pile
This works best if you live in a home instead of an apartment. Compost consists of organic waste that decomposes over time and can serve as rich fertilizer for your fruits and vegetables, while also lowering your trash volume.
13. Turn Off the Lights When They’re Not in Use
Lights can add up to 12 percent of a monthly bill.
14. Turn Off Unnecessary Water
Small changes in water usage at home can lead to significant energy savings over the year. This includes turning off the tap while brushing your teeth; showering more often than bathing and always running laundry loads at full capacity instead of many smaller loads.
15. Reduce Space Heater Use
Space heaters can be very inefficient, consuming 1,500 watts of energy to run or more, leading to expensive energy bills.
16. Seal All Windows
Prevent air leaks by sealing windows. You can add weatherstripping around the frames or a bead of silicone caulk over drywall cracks or shrink film to your windows.
17. Replace Incandescent Bulbs with Compact Fluorescents
Halogen bulbs, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs offer longer lasting light than incandescent bulbs and are more energy-efficient.
18. Defrost Regularly
Defrost both your refrigerator and freezer before ice builds up past a quarter inch thick. This will improve the energy efficiency of your refrigerator and freezer.
Steps That Take Some Planning
19. Add Insulation to Your Attic
Seal air leaks and lower both your home’s heating and cooling costs by adding insulation to your attic.
20. Install a Storm Door
Adding a storm door can offer better protection all year, reducing energy loss by up to 50 percent. Storm doors are long lasting too, averaging between 25 and 50 years.
21. Do an Energy Audit
Hire a professional energy auditor to evaluate your home and help you figure out what areas are energy inefficient so you can address them.
22. Buy Energy Star Products
Choose energy efficient products such as Energy Star products thave been consistently rated for meeting energy-efficient specifications set by the EPA. This ranges from refrigerators to televisions, stoves, washers and air conditioners.
23. Tune Up Your HVAC System
Get a tune-up on your heating and cooling system every year to keep your furnace and A/C running at peak efficiency, checking that connections are tight, parts properly lubricated and coils cleaned. This can help you avoid having to replace your furnace, which can be an expensive process..
24. Replace Your Desktop Computer
Choose an energy efficient desktop computer. Laptops also use less energy than desktop computers.
25. Install Solar Panels
Finally, consider installing solar panels. Solar panels are an upfront investment that help you save money over the long run by generating electricity for your home while lowering your fossil fuel usage. You may also be eligible for a tax incentive when you install solar panels.
Implementing some or all of these energy efficiency tips can have a dramatic impact on your energy consumption at home, leading to lower energy bills and less of an impact on the environment.
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Sweet 3 bedroom home that has a light and airy feel to the interior. Vaulted ceiling with open concept design creates a welcoming feel with plenty of natural sunlight all afternoon. Hardwood floors in bedrooms. Updated interior ready to be moved in to. It is a special place to call home or cottage.
Large wrap-around deck features West-facing views of 2-acre park of which you would be a 1/10th owner. Private dock for all park owners. Deeded Lake Simcoe access is rare to find. Very private setting with mature trees.
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20 Quiet Heights Lane, Georgina provides views of the lake from all spaces on the west side of them home, including the great room, kitchen, dining area, and primary bedroom.
You will enjoy the morning sunrise from the front covered porch and of course, sunset views from the lakeside. The natural sunlight fills the home with warmth and light all day long. It’s tranquil, serene, and welcoming.
In the design stages, the current owner had some important “must-have’s” including a Muskoka like feel, spaciousness, sun-filled rooms, and an “understated elegance“ carried throughout the home.
Some of the interior features include:
– 3 bedrooms on main level and 2 additional bedrooms on the lower level
– 3 full bathrooms plus powder room
– 10.9 ft ceiling height on the main level and 9 ft ceiling height on the lower level
– Great room includes custom millwork and 13 ft vaulted coffered ceiling
– Gourmet kitchen with upgraded appliances
– Spectacular light fixtures including ceiling fans in each bedroom
– Custom drapery and blinds
– Radiant heated floors in kitchen, primary ensuite and the entire lower level
– Surround sound system both indoors and outdoors
A full list of room features, additional images, virtual tour, and more can be found on our website (link in bio).
This listing is also available on realtor.ca (MLS# N5657656)
When you combine the attention to detail of a quality builder with the owner’s vision to create a sanctuary home, the result is spectacular.
This home offers a “Zen” feel immediately upon your arrival.
The landscaping is wonderfully appointed with a collection of perennial gardens, shrubs, mature trees and privacy hedges on both sides, which is home to many birds. There are several seating areas promote great conversation with family and friends or a place to enjoy some quiet time when you want to be alone and enjoy nature all around you.
This is a wonderful home to entertain in both indoors and outdoors. The raised balcony includes a covered area where you can enjoy a summer rain shower. The open area provides lots of space for your chaise loungers to get some sun and watch an array of boats on the lake.
The lower deck is covered and a perfect location for the 7-seater plus lounger hot tub along with another separate seating area to enjoy the lake views.
Listing Price: $1,935,000
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The full listing can be found on our site & on realtor.ca (MLS# N5657656)
This charming 3+1 bedroom century home is located in an established area of Sarnia offering lovely streetscape, large mature trees, wide streets and boulevards.
The family have maintained the home and updated the interior features over their many years living here since 1975. The shingles were replaced in 2022. There were two additions including a a two-storey addition with a large family room, sun room and additional bedroom on the 2nd floor.
There is lots of space to entertain family and friends. The living room includes a gas fireplace and overlooks the formal dining room. The sun room includes a gas fireplace, large windows and double patio doors.
The oversized fully finished & insulated 3-car garage includes an upper level coach house which is completely finished. This is a great space for extended family and serves as an in-law suite or potential income if approved by the City as an auxiliary dwelling.
The mature front yard boasts beautiful mature trees, gardens and a seating area. The backyard has a large paved courtyard and provides parking for 3 vehicles.
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