Home Energy Savings
Your home energy bills depend on the physical structure of your home, your actions/behaviors and the types of appliances you plug into your wall. In this education portal, we provide information about ways to save energy in your home from no-cost to low-cost to bigger investments.
Heating and Cooling
Energy efficiency starts at your thermostat, but the building envelope can make or break your energy bill. If all the conditioned air that your HVAC unit worked hard to create is leaking out through windows, under doors, up the chimney and through cracks in the walls, then that is money leaking out of your pocket.
Hand in hand, if your thermostat is set too high or too low, then your energy consumption will be through the roof.
Lights and Appliances
Energy is consumed every time you switch on a light, plug in your phone-charger or run the dryer. Your household has control over the frequency that you use the lights and appliances in your home.
Energy Vampires: if an appliance is plugged into the wall, then it is consuming energy, even when not in use!
Water, electricity, gas are all separate utilities. And when you use hot water you are paying for the water and for the heat.
Every time you wash your hands, run the dishwasher/washing machine, or take a shower, hot water is pulled from your heater tank, and replaced with new water that must be heated to the appropriate temperature.
Energy is lost even when no hot water is being used, because heat is escaping from the hot water heater.