Homeowners are increasingly interested in reducing their environmental footprint. Each home produces energy by burning fossil fuels, releasing greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere. In Canada, 17% of the energy consumed is used to operate our homes (nrcan.gc.ca). You can help reduce the levels of greenhouse gas emissions by taking simple steps to improve the energy efficiency of your home.
First, take stock of your appliances. Old and inefficient appliances use more energy, and are a drain on the environment and your wallet. Consider upgrading your appliances and consumer electronic products and look for the ENERGY STAR symbol. These products use less energy without sacrificing quality or performance, saving you money on your energy bill and help protect the environment.
Next, have a look at your heating and cooling systems. As approximately half of a home’s energy consumption is going to heating and cooling, upgrading to ENERGY STAR certified heating and cooling equipment will result in further energy savings.
Replacing old windows and doors and upgrading insulation with ENERGY STAR certified products will lower your household expenses by an average of 12%, and will significantly improve the comfort level of your home.
If you are unsure about which renovation upgrades work best for you, contact a certified energy advisor who will work with you on customized renovation solutions.
In the market for a new home? Consider a home that has earned an ENERGY STAR label. This label assures that the home has been built to the highest energy efficiency standards and has undergone stringent inspections, testing and verification to meet the strict requirements set out by Natural Resources Canada. An ENERGY STAR certified home is on average 20% more energy efficient than a home built to code (nrcan.gc.ca). This makes your home more comfortable to live in and results in savings on your utility bill. An ENERGY STAR certified home is also good for the environment, as reduced energy demand results in lower greenhouse gas emissions.