Winter is around the corner and for most people that can mean an increase in their hydro bills. Fall is a great time to consider updating your home, so it is more energy-efficient. Certain upgrades will save you money in the long run and who doesn’t like to save money?
Ensuring your home is energy efficient doesn’t necessarily mean a massive investment or months of renovations. Here are some upgrades to consider:
- Furnace – Newer furnace units are more efficient than older models but can be costly. Start by having your unit serviced annually. Making sure everything is clean will ensure your furnace isn’t working harder than it should. This includes replacing filters every few months as they can become clogged with dust or pet fur (for those with furry friends).
- Insulation – Upgrading the insulation in your home is one of the most cost-effective home improvements you can make. Also, consider insulating hot and cold-water pipes by covering the first two metres with foam sleeves or insulating wrap.
- Windows & Doors – Check your home for drafts. Having an airtight seal is important to keep the heat in your home. If you find a draft, consider caulking around your window frames, installing and/or replacing weather stripping and door sweeps. Applying exterior window film can also increase efficiency. If your windows are older, consider new, high-performance ENERGY STAR® certified windows or inserts.
Before you get started, there are a number of government incentive programs to help provide rebates or funding to homeowners who are making energy-efficient upgrades.