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Boost home efficiency with five easy tips

There are dozens of ways to save energy in your home. If you’re serious about home energy efficiency, you can take steps to reduce consumption in every room of your house. Here are five easy and highly effective energy-saving tips to get you started.  

Clean filters: Maintaining clean air filters in your furnace and air conditioning system can significantly reduce your heating and cooling costs. Dirty filters cost you more money by forcing your HVAC equipment to work harder. In most homes, filters should be changed at least every three months, with furnace filters needing more frequent changes in winter and air conditioners requiring new filters more often in summer.

Insulation: Insulation is your strongest defense against heat losses. Your entire home should be well insulated, and your attic is of particular importance. Because heat rises, this is the room that has the potential to lose the most heat in the winter. It’s also a good idea to make sure your heating and air conditioning ducts are sealed and insulated.

Preventative maintenance: Keeping up with preventative maintenance is essential to keep your heating and cooling appliances running efficiently and prevent serious problems from developing. You should have your furnace serviced in early fall before the heating season starts, and have your air conditioner serviced in the spring.

Programmable thermostat: Programmable thermostats save money by automatically adjusting your heating and cooling system’s output according to your needs. For example, during the winter, you could have your furnace set to heat your home in the morning and evening while reducing the temperature when you’re asleep and at work. Most programmable thermostats offer separate settings for weekends and weekdays, and some even allow a different schedule for each day of the week.

Water heater: You can significantly reduce hot water costs by insulating your water heater’s storage tank. Reducing your hot water thermostat from 60 to 50 degrees or less also boosts savings.

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  • Josey April 26, 2012, 8:26 am

    I have done everything that has been suggested to us to lower the costs of our heating bills as well as having Hydro One come to check our meter to ensure it was reading properly. My hydro use has decreased slightly, however it is matched by the “delivery chrages” which basically is a little less than your actual useage, so no matter what anyone does, you are going to get hit by the new increases for energy and of course this will also increase your delivery charges. It’s a no win situation.

  • Daljit Singh Randhawa April 20, 2012, 9:47 am

    Thanks for the tips.

  • Ann April 20, 2012, 8:18 am

    sure all these ideas are nice to save money, but when our heating bills increase, no matter how well the house is insulated, or that people have progammable thermostats, (I do), with the rate increases, we are not saving money, we spend more anyway. It’s at the point that I can’t afford to pay my bills anymore.

  • Suzanne April 19, 2012, 8:38 pm

    Lowering the temperature in your hot water tank can lead to legionnaire’s disease. Please inform yourself very well before lowering the temperature in your tank!

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