Five energy-saving tips to curb waste

October 22, 2013 by  
Filed under Solar Energy Tips

Most people carefully watch their time and money, making sure neither is wasted on unnecessary activities or expenses.

In an effort to be more green and economical, why not also consider how your home’s energy is used and how to prevent it from being wasted, too?

Follow these energy-saving tips from Sally Morse, director of creative services for window treatment manufacturer Hunter Douglas, to conserve your home’s resources:

1. Insulate common energy-loss areas:

The fastest and most cost-effective way to reduce energy dollars is to seal air leaks.

Find these energy vacuums by holding a lit incense stick on a breezy day near doors, fixtures and windows.

If the smoke travels toward the areas rather than vertically, you’ve found a leak.

Once identified, simply seal holes by using caulk, spray foam or weather strips.

2. Watch the windows:

Windows can account for up to 25% of utility bills by leaking heat in the winter.

To help prevent this, and for a functional and fashionable addition to the home, opt for highly energy-efficient Duette Architella honeycomb shades, which feature an insulating ‘honeycomb-within-a-honeycomb’ design that traps air.

Certain Duette Architella shades can reduce heat loss through windows by up to 40% in winter and solar heat gain through windows by up to 80% in the summer.

New Duette Architella Trielle honeycomb shades provide similar light transmission as original shades, but with 20% more energy efficiency.

They add an additional cell within a honeycomb cell, creating five separate air pockets for insulation.

3. All-star accessories and appliances:

When purchasing items that consume energy — everything from light bulbs to appliances — look for the Energy Star label. This label ensures you are purchasing an item that will help save money and help protect the environment.

4. Clean and green:

Being clean can go a long way when it comes to your home’s energy efficiency.

By simply keeping certain appliances in the best working condition, you can save on energy costs.

Start by servicing and cleaning your gas or oil furnace at least once a year and change or clear out furnace filters once a month during the heating season.

Wipe or replace filters on warm-air registers, baseboard heaters and radiators as needed. Also, clean the lint screen in the laundry dryer after every load to increase air circulation and help prevent fire hazards.

5. Adjust when away and by time of day:

If you’re not at home, cut down on utility bills by investing in a programmable thermostat that lets you set temperatures by time of day.

And, to adjust your motorized window coverings Hunter Douglas has created a free Platinum App that allows you to precisely position a single window treatment, or position all of the window treatments in one room, or even all of them in the home for optimal privacy, security, energy management and mood.

More information is available online at www.hunter-douglas.ca.

— News Canada

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