Our 2021 New Year’s Resolutions for Your Home!
When 2020 first began, people were excited about what it would hold. Sayings such as “2020 clarity” and the year of “2020 hindsight” were being shared across social media and popularized by celebrities worldwide. Then the realities of 2020 hit. Now, we cannot wait for what 2021 will bring. While this past year’s events were out of our control and there is no way to predict what may happen in 2021, we can continue with the tradition of setting resolutions for the new year.
While we make our lists of personal goals, we thought we would share a few easy ways that you can improve the energy efficiency of your home so that it may give back to you all year long!
Out With the Old
Now is the time to complete a few projects around your home that will allow you to increase your home’s energy efficiency. There are countless energy-efficient products available online or in-store that will help you save money in the long run. Pair them with financial incentives provided by the government of Canada, and you could save money while outfitting your home with the latest technologies.
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- Replace old and outdated incandescent lights with LED or Halogen bulbs. They tend to emit more light and last longer.
- Install low flush toilets, starting with the main bathroom used in your home. If unable to do so, consider installing a low flow showerhead instead.
- Replace older thermostats with smart products that allow you to regulate the temperature throughout the day, even while you are out and about.
- Change your furnace filter regularly. Not only does a clogged filter compromise safety, but it reduces the effectiveness of the furnace itself.
Take Advantage of Colder Weather
Have you ever sat on the couch on a cold and windy winter’s day and felt a faint draft run through your living room? You are losing valuable heat, but we have a few tips to help you keep the cold air out and your heating bills low.
Seal Windows. Winter is the perfect time to find those pesky drafts that you may not be able to feel any other time of year. Inspect every window in your home for drafts or moisture. If found, use caulking designed for the job to seal around the edges. You may have to seal the window from the outside of your home as well.
Install Weatherstripping. Weatherstripping is an easy and affordable way to seal the doors in your home. Simply determine if any doors or access points, including those found in the garage, basement or attic, have lost their seal and let the exterior elements in. Then, trim the weatherstripping to size, and install where needed. You will be able to block any gaps and prevent further damage from occurring.
Reduce and Save
Nothing is better than a long shower after an afternoon out in the cold, but your love for hot water doesn’t have to hurt your wallet. Many water heaters allow you to turn down the heat settings, which not only assists in reducing the energy needed to heat the water itself but prevents harm from scalding temperatures. The recommended temperature that a water heater should be set at is 120 degrees, as it prevents diseases and germs from forming and helps keep you and your family safe.
While you may prefer washing clothes in hot water, consider making the shift to cold water. Many laundry detergents and soaps are formulated for cold water cycles, allowing you to save even more on hot water costs.
Finally, make it a habit to wash full loads of laundry rather than half loads, only run your dishwasher when needed, and choose a shower over a bath if able to. By reducing the frequency of these three activities, you will not only save on water bills, but you will also reduce your energy footprint!
We hope these easy and economical solutions will allow your household to save on utility costs throughout 2021 while you enjoy your home to the fullest. If you have any tips not mentioned above, please feel free to share them with our online community. Energy efficiency can be a resolution that we all achieve together.
From all of us, we wish you a safe and happy new year and all the best for 2021!