1. Assess your energy use:
Identify areas of your home where energy is being wasted and prioritize those areas for changes.
2. Insulate your home:
Proper insulation can help reduce energy usage and help make your home more comfortable year-round.
3. Install efficient heating and cooling systems:
Replace old, inefficient HVAC systems with ENERGY STAR® -rated models to help reduce your energy usage.
4. Consider installing a heat pump instead of an air conditioner:
This energy-efficient system can both cool and heat your home while potentially reducing your greenhouse gas emissions. Read about how heat pumps work here!
5. Switch to energy-efficient lighting:
Replace incandescent bulbs with LED lights, which use less energy and last longer.
6. Upgrade your windows:
Install double-paned, low-E windows to help reduce heat loss and increase energy efficiency.
7. Install a programmable thermostat:
Set a schedule for your heating and cooling system to help reduce energy usage when you’re not home. Learn more about different types of thermostats here.
8. Seal air leaks:
Use caulk, weather-stripping, and spray foam to seal any gaps or cracks in your home’s envelope to prevent air leaks.
9. Invest in renewable energy:
Consider installing solar panels or a small wind turbine to generate your own electricity and reduce your reliance on the grid.
10. Investigate rebates!
There are many rebates and grants available from all levels of government as well as local utilities right now. Visit our Rebates page for more information and learn how we can help you through the Canada Greener Homes Grant from start to finish here!
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