Posted 12.27.13 @ 8:35
If you’re thinking about upgrading your home to save on energy, you might be surprised what you can do with a few tweaks to your daily routine. You’re going to need to look at your appliances, how much you’re spending on idle power consumption and if you’re really heating and cooling your home effectively.
Look at Your Appliances
If you have a refrigerator built before 2001 you’re spending about $70 a year on electricity – but a 2012 Energy Star rated model only needs $15 to $20 worth of power a year to run. If you have an appliance more than 10 years old in general, it’s time to think about switching up to something new. If you’re considering selling your Oakville real estate in the near future (next 5 years) stainless steel kitchen appliances are going to be a great way to get more for your money.
Washers and dryers come in all kinds of cute kitschy colours now – leave the stainless steel appliances in the kitchen. Front loading machines are always going to save more money versus top loading machines – they use half the electricity and a third of the water. Want to make your home more green? Start and finish with the appliances.
Idle Electronics Are the Devil’s Playground
Most electronics like your DVR, PC, TV, cable box and more are going to use way more power when they’re idle than when you’re using them. You’re going to need to make sure that you have everything plugged into a power strip so you can flip it on and off when you are (and aren’t) using it.
Wall warts or those big black plugs that are hanging off your wall are also big time consumers of power. If you want to be able to save big this winter, only plug in your cellphone charger this winter when you’re using it. It’s not just about saving power, you’ll cut down on any potential fire hazards when you’re away.
Keep an Eye on Lighting
Lighting costs are a big problem when you’re trying to cut down on your power consumption. You’re going to want to think about CFL bulbs, but don’t forget how much power is being consumed by exterior lighting too! If you have lights in your yard, look at solar powered path lighting instead. Try and replace any halogen bulbs around your home and make sure you’re not blowing a lot of money on power that won’t work.
The higher the wattage the more heat it will throw off. Sounds great, especially when it gets cold, but you’re going to want to keep an eye on the potential fire hazards they can bring. Keep your energy bills low, your risk low and start saving money by looking for potential problems before they start.