Whether you’re a homeowner or a tenant, you’ll appreciate our energy-saving tips to help you save electricity and money when you move!
A move is a great time to adopt new energy-saving habits, like installing electronic thermostats, pluging air leaks and replacing household appliances with new, more energy-efficient models. Also, before you move, it’s always a good idea to estimate your new home’s consumption.
BEFORE you move in
- Estimate your new home’s consumption, compare its average consumption with that of equivalent homes and make wiser energy choices.
- Install electronic thermostats and save up to 10% on your heating costs.
- Find and plug air leaks. You may be losing up to 25% of your home’s heat.
- If you change your windows, choose ENERGY STAR® certified options to save up to 10% on your annual heating costs.
- Repair leaky faucets. Water heating makes up an important share of your electricity bill.
- If you purchase new appliances or electrical or electronic equipment, look for ENERGY STAR® certified models. They are the most efficient options in their categories in terms of energy performance.
- Ask yourself if you really need a second refrigerator or freezer. An older generation refrigerator can consume up to 4.8 times more energy than a new model. Several organizations provide refrigerator and freezer recycling services.
AFTER you move in
- Use light-coloured paint for your walls. Because it reflects the light, it will reduce your need for lighting.
- Check the flow rates of your showerheads and faucets. If they exceed 7.6 litres/minute, consider replacing them with WaterSense labeled products (showerheads and faucet aerators).
- Fix any leaky faucets.
- Replace incandescent and halogen light bulbs with LED bulbs, which are up to 85% more energy efficient.
- Weatherstrip your doors and windows to stop air leaks. If you replace any windows, be sure to choose ENERGY STAR® certified models.
- If there’s a pool with a single-speed pump in your new backyard, install a timer or a two-speed model.
- If your pool is equipped with a heat pump, use a solar pool cover to cut your costs by over 50%.
- If your water heater is more than 10 years old, replace it with a three-element model.
- With this new life change, why not adopt new energy-saving habits (for example, shut off the lights when you leave a room, unplug any electronic devices you are not using, get a smart power bar).
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