Here are some tips to help you save energy, save money and do your part for the environment.
Clean or replace the filter every 1-2 months, a dirty filter reduces the air flow and forces the furnace to run longer to heat your home.
Consider buying a ENERGY STAR® qualified furnace. An average home can save up to $530 in natural gas and electric costs annually when upgrading to a high effiency furnace.
Weather-stripping provides a barrier between the fixed and moveable sections of doors and windows. Apply weather-stripping to all operable windows and doors.
Apply a sealent or caulk around windows, doorframes, sills and joints. Use a couple of incense sticks to help identify leaks around windows, electrical outlets, vents and doors. As well look for spider webs – if there is a web there is a draft.
Install a programmable thermostat. You can save 2% on your heating bill for every 1 degree °C you turn down your thermostat. With a programmable thermostat to consistently lower your heat when you dont need it, you could save up to $60 a year.
Paint color trends for 2015
During the past years, Canadians have opted for comforting, warm neutrals like brown and beiges as a result of an uncertain economic, political and environmental climate. In 2015-2016, we’ll see a trend toward consumers choosing livelier colours to reflect their optimism in their quest for a brighter future.