Turn en­ergy ef­fi­ciency into sav­ings

Ottawa Sun - New Homes - - HOMES -

If your older home holds more chill than charm, it could be that it’s time to con­sider a few en­ergy ef­fi­ciency up­grades. Many are sim­ple and cost-ef­fec­tive, but can make a con­sid­er­able im­pact on your monthly en­ergy bills. The sav­ings from up­grades typ­i­cally start right away and can re­ally add up over time.

Em­ploy these top up­grades to help cre­ate sav­ings:

• Re­plac­ing older win­dows can re­duce your en­ergy bill up to 15 per­cent.

• Seal­ing ducts and adding in­su­la­tion to pre­vent heat loss can make a big dif­fer­ence, since 50 per­cent of the en­ergy a sin­gle-fam­ily house con­sumes goes to­ward heat­ing and cool­ing. The first place to start is your at­tic. Use an in­or­ganic batt in­su­la­tion, like Roxul Com­fort­batt, which re­pels mois­ture and re­sists mold. Aim for an R-value of R50 or a depth of 16 inches.

• Ex­chang­ing an old fur­nace and for a high-ef­fi­ciency model with a pro­gram­mable ther­mo­stat can help save as much as $300 a year. Newer smart ther­mostats can rec­og­nize your heat­ing habits and help you make ad­just­ments to save en­ergy con­sump­tion and costs.

• Re­plac­ing older ap­pli­ances with more ef­fi­cient op­tions can help you re­al­ize easy monthly sav­ings. Con­sider swap­ping out your fridge, dish­washer, laun­dry ma­chines, hot wa­ter tank and/or air con­di­tion­ing units, as newer mod­els have ad­vanced con­sid­er­ably over pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tions. Ap­pli­ance al­ter­na­tives also ex­ist, such as counter top ovens with con­vec­tion, slow cook, air fry and de­hy­dra­tion ca­pa­bil­i­ties. They heat up in less time and re­duce your car­bon foot­print.

• Caulk­ing cracks and crevices around your home is easy. These can be a source of air leaks, which ul­ti­mately are a draw on en­ergy con­sump­tion––and your wal­let.

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