Another 10 things we bet you didn’t know about your home2 min readReading Time: 2 minutes
Reliance™ customers have told us they’re really loving the fun home facts we’ve been posting here and there for the last few months, so we’re at it again with a new batch of kooky and cool fun facts you probably didn’t know – about your home!
Here’s part 3 of our favourite fun facts!
Take 30. Did you know that heating can account for up to 60% of the average Canadian’s electricity bills? That’s why it’s so important to make sure your home comfort system is working efficiently and that you’re reducing leaks – like for instance through your roof and windows.
Stone age: The ingenious Romans were among the first to create heated floors – they simply laid stone slabs over a heating source in the ground.
Hot and cold: We tend to think of natural gas as a heating fuel but did you know it’s also used to chill the glycol that’s used to make ice for hockey and ice skating rinks?
Trillions and trillions: The hottest man-made temperature ever recorded was around 4 trillion degrees at the Brookhaven Natural Laboratory in New York. It was done by slamming gold atoms together at near-light speed. How hot is 4 trillion degrees? That’s actually 250,000 times hotter than the centre of the sun.
Goldilocks sleep: Perhaps not surprisingly, the temperature of your bedroom significantly impacts your quality of sleep. According to WebMD, the ideal sleeping temperature is between 18 and 22C – not too hot and not too cold.
Bundle up: You may not think it’s all that much, but for every degree that you lower your thermostat, you’ll save up to 3% on heating costs. It’s time to put on that pullover.
The smarter thermostat: A programmable thermostat can save an estimated 10 percent per year on heating and cooling costs. This is only one of the many ways that a smart thermostat will help you stay the most comfortable at home.
Soggy situation: High humidity in the home, especially in winter, can exacerbate the growth of mold and lead to annoying allergies. It turns out one of the biggest culprits of home humidity is your shower – the longer that toasty shower, the more steam and the higher the humidity. In fact, it only takes about 2 to 3 litres of water in the form of steam to raise the humidity level in a 1,000-square-foot home by upwards of 60%. This is why it’s especially important to turn on your exhaust fan when taking a shower.
Power of a power strip: You can save up to $100 a year simply by plugging your electronic devices into a power strip and turning it off when it’s not in use.
Star savings: If your home appliances have the ENERGY STAR name and symbol, you may qualify for government rebates and incentives. Learn more here.
For more fun facts and useful information on home comfort and saving energy, read our weekly email tips provided by Reliance technical experts!