Tips & Ideas

Here are some tips to help you save energy, save money and do your part for the environment.

 

 

Furnace

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

Weather-stripping provides a barrier between the fixed and moveable sections of doors and windows. Apply weather-stripping to all operable windows and doors.

Windows, doorframes, sills and joints

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.

Thermostat

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.

 

                                                                            

Going Green                                                                                                                                                

             
The media claims that living sustainably and purchasing eco-friendly and organic products is the socially responsible thing to do.  In the last couple years, newspapers, magazines and broadcast outlets have flooded consumers with the following message: “Go Green!” With the current economic situation, however, most homeowners do not have the ability to spend large amounts of money on big-ticket ’green’ products like solar panels and hybrid cars. We have scoured the Internet to find the greenest, trendiest and most affordable home décor and interior design products available today.  Check out our Suppliers page to find links to our favorite sites.

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