“That’s going to be how much!?”
Renovation decisions can often cause pocketbook stress, but incorporating these energy-efficient ideas can actually improve your bottom line in the long run. That goes for new-construction as well.
- SOS for homeowners
Have you heard of the saveONenergy NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION program? The Ontario Power Authority and local electric utilities are working with trades to ensure that new homes are built or renovated with energy efficiency in mind. Other programs such as the saveONenergy HEATING & COOLING INCENTIVE can put money back in your purse with up to $650* in incentives. Find a participating contractor in your area.
- Shop smart for appliances
Size and model count! Larger fridges suck more energy, so consider the number of people in the house. A couple only needs a fridge that’s 12 cubic feet, while three or four people require a unit that’s 14 to 17 cubic feet. The rule of thumb is to add 2 cubic feet per person. Additionally, look for the ENERGY STAR® symbol and the EnerGuide rating that identifies the amount of energy an appliance consumes in a year.
- Choose energy-efficient windows and doors
Panes can be a pain. Drafty windows and doors are tremendous sources of air leakage that end up costing you in the long run. High-performance windows are built to retain heat in the winter.
- Go for a low-flow or dual-flush toilet
These high-efficiency models save up to 69,000 litres of water per year for a family of four compared with a 13-litre toilet. So that’s a no-brainer. Incorporate one of these toilets in your next reno.
- The same goes for the showerhead
Contrary to what people think, a low-flow showerhead does not affect water pressure. You can’t tell the difference with today’s units, which cost only $10, and save considerable energy.
- Insulate, insulate, insulate!
Being toasty in the winter and cool in the summer is the goal for most homeowners, and choosing the right insulation with a high R-value (the higher the R-value, the greater the insulating power) is critical in that equation. Hard-working insulation can save you up to 50% in heating and cooling costs! And did you know more than 30% of a home’s energy loss is through the walls, floors and roof due to air leakage?
- Pay attention to lighting
ENERGY STAR® qualified LED bulbs can last up to 30 times longer than incandescent bulbs. And the indoor fixtures use up to 75% less electricity. Bonus! saveONenergy COUPONS are available for energy-efficient lighting at participating retailers at saveonenergy.ca
- Say goodbye to your old furnace/air conditioner
Put that old clunker to pasture and replace it with an energy-efficient furnace and air conditioning unit to save on your heating and cooling costs. With as much as 60% of an average home’s energy use going towards heating costs, it makes sense to consider the energy-efficiency of your furnace and central air conditioning units. You can receive up to $650* in incentives when you participate in the saveONenergy HEATING & COOLING INCENTIVE program. For more information visit saveonenergy.ca
Content courtesy of http://www.hgtv.ca
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