The average household spends thousands a year on lighting, heating, cooling and other electrical requirements. When you reduce your energy consumption, you also lower the production of greenhouse gases.
Purchase appliances that have an Energy Star label.
Energy Star products have been manufactured to work efficiently by using minimal amounts of electricity. Excessive carbon pollution, created by burning fossil fuels, causes drastic changes in climate. When you purchase Energy Star products, you can be assured that you have selected appliances that will reduce your carbon emission footprint.
Insulate your home and Re-Seal leaks
Add loose fill insulation or blanket insulation to the floor of your attic. Since heat rises, it is important that warm air does not escape through your roof! Before you add insulation, make sure that the old material is disposed appropriately. Consult a home renovation specialist to determine the best type of insulation for your home.
Re-Evaluate your heating options
During the winter months, it is common that households increase their heat levels. Instead of increasing the level on your thermostat, purchase a radiant heater to keep in the rooms where you spend the most amount of time.
Weather-proof your home
Take a walk around your home to identify the areas where cold or hot air can leak through. If you have direct access to your garage from the inside of your home, install weather stopper to seal the gap between the door and the floor. Take out the screens on your windows and install storm windows during the cold months. If you have a fireplace, use a damper to seal it!
Ensure that your HVAC system is clean and functioning well
Make sure that the air filter in your HVAC system is clean so that air can pass through uninterrupted. Schedule a maintence check-up before the winter season! Clean all of the vents in your home from dust and other debris periodically to reduce the need to change your filters more frequently.
Did you know Calgary has an eco-community? Located in the community of Rocky Ridge NW Calgary: Echohaven