3 Ways to Cut Energy Use at Home

May 12, 2011 at 12:17 pm Leave a comment

As our furnaces and heaters are shutting down, there are still steps we can take to lower our Spring and Summer energy consumption. Thinking beyond the coiled bulb, here are a few things you can do to save energy in your home today.

1) Be conscious of your laundry process.Wash your clothes in cold water.  This is also beneficial to help your clothes stay new

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looking longer as cold water is much easier on  fibers. You can also dramatically cut your energy consumption by avoiding your dryer whenever possible, the temperature outside is  perfect now to use that clothes line. Added bonus: clothes and blankets smell so great after they have been blown dry outside! If you do not have access to a clothes line you can still drip dry clothes inside.

2)Use power bars or unplug your electronics. All electronics use power while on standby or “off”. This  includes chargers, toasters, T.V. etc . For a little more info on why this happens view this video, “How Much Energy Do Your Gadgets Use?” on How Stuff Works.

3)Enhance Your Home Efficiency. Before you start-up your air conditioner, check to make sure you’re not wasting your energy and money by scheduling a home energy evaluation. As Enertest states in their website:

Making your home energy-efficient will save you money and reduce the impact on the environment for many years

So true! Currently Enertest offers energy evaluations, building consultations as well as specialty services, such as their infra-red thermography, which will reveal heat loss areas that otherwise may not be detected. Many of their services are eligible for government grants, check their website for more details. To learn more about enhancing your home energy efficiency check out Enertest.ca.  You can also speak with them at Ecofest Barrie, where they will be a part of our Eco House Green Build!

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