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After you’ve done the unpacking and settling in, it’s time to think about how you can cut costs. Making your new home energy efficient can save you a lot of money on your monthly utility bill and makes you more eco-conscious. But what are the best ways to do it? Professional Movers Canada can help you with some tips and tricks to achieve better eco-friendliness in your home.
Why you should make your new home energy efficient
Before we delve deeper into what you can do to make your new home energy efficient, we should go over some of its benefits of it. Firstly, after Toronto moving, you may be surprised at how high your energy bills can be during the winter season. The first benefit of making your home energy efficient is reducing energy bills. Lower energy bills also mean a lower cost of living which is another benefit. Since climate change is more imminent today, fighting against it should start with individual action. Making your home greener and energy-efficient does that job. It will reduce your carbon footprint and help stop climate change. No matter how small that action is, it will help.
Enhancing your insulation
After your movers Aurora, have brought all your stuff in and you’ve unpacked, it’s time to see what you can do to make your new home energy efficient. Improving your insulation is the best thing you can do to make sure you can save at least 10% and 50% of your heating bill. If you are not in the mood for a big splurge, you can insulate your new home using spray foam which costs only $2,360 for the entire house. That might seem like a lot at first, but it will pay off in no time by reducing the cost of your energy bills. However, if that seems too expensive, there are ways you can do it yourself with a foam insulation kit which will cost you around $300 to $600.
Upgrading your windows
The next thing you can do to make your home more energy-saving is to upgrade your windows. Having the right windows can save you 50% on your energy bill. Of course, you should check first if your windows even need upgrading. If they do, you can find low-emission insulating windows that can help keep your home cool in the summer and help retain heat during the winter much better and longer. The first thing you should do after movers downtown Toronto relocate you is to check the current state of your windows to check if they are drafty or energy inefficient in any way. Changing your windows, along with insulating your home may be expensive, however, these two projects are highly rewarded.
Less costly ways to make your new home energy efficient
If the first two projects don’t apply to you there are several ways you can still go green and save on your energy bill without spending too much on big projects or renovations Some small changes you can make are:
- Switching to LEDs which are way more efficient than regular incandescent light bulbs
- Wash your clothes in colder water if possible
- Rely on natural sunlight and avoid turning on the lights during the day
- Set your thermostat to 78F in the summer and 68F in the winter
- lastly, and most importantly, don’t leave your phone plugged in during the night, instead, take it off the charger once fully charged. This will help reduce your utility bills as well as keep your phone battery healthy longer
Making your electric appliances more energy efficient
Buying new appliances to make sure your new home is energy efficient isn’t the only option. As a matter of fact, don’t even consider throwing any appliances your movers Ajax have moved no matter how old they are. If they are still working you should keep using them. Buying new appliances if the old ones work perfectly well is wasteful and not eco-friendly. Lastly, if you have to buy new appliances, you should check beforehand the appliances’ EPC. A is the best grade possible on the EPC scale, while G is the worst, meaning that the appliance is the least energy efficient and has a higher running cost.
However, here are some ways to make your old appliances more eco-friendly. The first thing you can do is use the microwave instead of the oven when you are reheating food. Not only is it done faster, but your energy bill will thank you. Secondly, when cooking something in the oven, you can turn it up to five minutes before it is done. The oven can retain heat and will cook it the same even if you turn it off early, but it will conserve more energy. Also, remember not to open the oven before it is finished cooking because that way you will let out the hot air which will in turn require more energy to regain that loss in temperature.
Adopting more eco-friendly practices in your home benefits not only the environment but you as well. Saving on monthly utility bills is important, especially after moving. Since moves can be expensive, that can affect your ability to pay for big and costly renovations you might need to make your new home energy efficient. In Canada, however, thanks to Canada Greener Homes Initiative you can get either a grant or a loan to help you pay for home insulation, windows and doors, air sealing, and mechanical and renewable energy systems you might need. Lastly, you should think of this not as a big drain on your budget but as a long-term investment in your new home.
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