For the warmer months, cool down with these tips and perhaps you can put some of that extra cash you save towards a summer vacation. Take a look at our previous blog on how to make improvements in your home to save heat and money. 

Install a Programmable Thermostat
Set it at a lower temperature at night and during the day when you're away. This can be done automatically without sacrificing comfort through the easy installation of a programmable thermostat or an automatic setback. With the former, you can turn on heating or air-conditioning based on a pre-determined schedule. Programmable thermostats are a great way to save on your energy bills as heating and cooling account for about 42% of energy costs. A majority of these costs come from heating and cooling empty or unused spaces. Each degree below 20° saves you 3-5% on heating costs. 

Replace Your Furnace Filter
By replacing your furnace filter, you will optimize performance since clogged filters reduce airflow which in turn causes the furnace to work harder. Most people don't give much thought to furnaces so long as it does its intended purpose. However, for it to perform optimally and prevent possible malfunctions, furnace filters need to be cleaned or changed on a regular basis.

Use Curtains
Windows can be one of your home's most attractive features. Windows provide views, daylighting, ventilation, and heat from the sun in the winter. Unfortunately, they can also account for 10% to 25% of your heating bill by letting heat out. During the warmer months, your air conditioner has to work overtime to cool down hot air from sunny windows. By installing ENERGY STAR®-qualified windows and using curtains and shade, you will be able to hit two birds with one stone by giving both your air conditioner and energy a bit of a break!

Being green saves you green. Stay tuned for additional energy and money saving tips as we will be posting home renovation blogs over the next few months!


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One might ask, how is it possible to save money by making home renovations? Follow along and we'll show you how. 

Home Upgrade Rebates Through BC Hydro and FortisBC
There are a variety of incentives and rebate programs available for homeowners who would like to make energy efficient upgrades to their home. The home energy rebate top up contest gives homeowners a chance to win $2,500 towards your upgrades (or a $500 secondary prize). The clock is ticking as the December 12th application deadline is quickly approaching. For additional information on the contest and other available rebates, check out the Home Energy Rebate Top Up Contest.

High-Efficiency Heating System
Opt for systems with the energy-efficient stamp of approval by looking for the ENERGY STAR label. These products help you save energy (and money, in the long-run) while being environmentally responsible. An ENERGY STAR qualified heating system will help you significantly reduce your monthly utility costs. 

Insulation & Weather Stripping
Insulating your home will help keep your heating and cooling systems using the least energy possible. The installation process is typically more important than the material used. One of the most cost-effective ways to keep your home well insulated is to insulate your attic.

Quick Fix Tip: Insulator film is an inexpensive option for temporary use in the winter months. This thin, clear plastic film can be applied to windows as a way to reduce heat transfer. 

Weatherstripping is highly useful for blocking air leaks around doors and windows. They are rubber-esque strips that are designed to work under compression so it is recommended to search for products that are flexible and spring back to their original shape quickly. 

Pipe Insulation
Insulating your pipes and electric hot water tank will minimize heat loss and is a simple way to save energy (and money). Insulating your hot water pipes will help reduce heat loss, as well.

Stay tuned for more money saving tips in our next edition of Home Renovations.

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