En­ergy ef­fi­ciency: Sim­ple ges­tures ev­ery day

The Casket - - Sports - CON­TRIB­UTED ed­i­tor@the­cas­ket.ca

En­ergy ef­fi­ciency can be part of our daily lives. Here are a few sim­ple tips and tricks for re­spon­si­ble ges­tures that can be made in the home each and ev­ery day.

For heat­ing

Lower the ther­mo­stat by a few de­grees when the house is empty for a few hours. The tem­per­a­ture can be in­creased to a com­fort­able level upon your re­turn. It’s point­less to crank up the heat­ing to the max­i­mum, as the tem­per­a­ture won’t in­crease any faster.

In­stall a pro­gram­mable room ther­mo­stat for your heat­ing sys­tem. It will au­to­mat­i­cally lower the tem­per­a­ture dur­ing the night and in­crease it in the morn­ing, which will al­low you to cut back your heat­ing bill by be­tween five and eight per cent.

Dust­ing ra­di­a­tors or the grills of base­board heaters once a year will in­crease room tem­per­a­ture and im­prove the qual­ity of in­door air.

Sign­ing a main­te­nance con­tract for an in­di­vid­ual fur­nace in or­der to main­tain its ef­fi­ciency will also al­low you to re­al­ize sav­ings of up to eight per cent. For a gas fur­nace, choose one with burn­ers that light au­to­mat­i­cally with­out a pi­lot light; you will save up to 1,200 KWH a year.

To con­serve heat dur­ing the night, close cur­tains and shut­ters if you have them. Opt to in­stall in­su­lat­ing win­dows (dou­ble paned) and reg­u­larly check the open­ings for air tight­ness. This will give you three to five per cent sav­ings.

For light­ing

Al­ways switch off lights when you leave a room. By reg­u­larly dust­ing shades and bulbs, you will re­cover 30 per cent of their lu­mi­nos­ity.

It’s sur­pris­ing to re­al­ize that these small, sim­ple ges­tures can quickly trans­late into sav­ings and, more im­por­tantly, into a bet­ter man­age­ment of our en­ergy re­sources. Just one ges­ture is praise­wor­thy, but if mil­lions of peo­ple fol­lowed these prac­ti­cal tricks and tips, imag­ine the sav­ings that would be re­al­ized on a coun­try­wide scale!

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