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Inexpensive Ways to Reduce Your Edmonton Energy Bill

You could get upgraded insulation installed in all the walls of your home, or buy a new high-efficiency furnace and air conditioner. These improvements would certainly reduce Programable thermostat for your Edmonton home imageyour energy costs – but they each require a significant investment.

 

What if you don't have the budget?

 

There are a lot of little things you can do to make a big difference in your heating or cooling bill. Here are just a few examples: 

  • Turn down the thermostat a couple of degrees in winter. (And turn it up a few notches in summer.) Chances are, you'll hardly notice the difference in comfort, and you'll cut your heating/cooling costs by about 5%.
  • Do you need the air conditioner on all the time during the summer months? Yes, some homes in Edmonton have air conditioners.  Consider turning it way up, or completely off, at night when it's cooler outside.
  • Invest in a programmable thermostat. That way, you'll be able to set up a schedule that uses less  heating/cooling energy while you’re out of the house at work or sleeping. Some folks are using smart thermostats liike the Google Nest. Look for sales as Google has them at a discount a couple times  a year.
  • Let the sunshine in through windows in the winter (and block the sun where possible in the summer.) "Passive heat gain" can contribute to up to 20% of the heat in your home. Best of all, the sun is free.
  • Use energy efficient lights throughout your home. These can cut the cost of lighting by Compact fluorescent light bulbs are excellent to upgrade your Edmonton home pictureup to 40%! Look for compact fluorescent lights (CFL) at your hardware store. Some have gone one step further and installed higher effecient LED (light Emitting Diode) lights for further savings. 
  • Be careful with outside lights, which can use a lot of energy! Turn them off before you go to bed or, better still, use programmable outside lighting that can be set to turn off automatically. This is especially true during the Christmas festive season. 

These are just a few ideas for reducing your energy bill. If you do some research, you can probably discover many other ways to cut your costs. It's worth the effort! If you want some more tips how to improve your home's energy footprint, call Audrey 780-91-5179 or Mike 780-242-5229 or thru our contact page or comment below. We have a free copies of the Federal government's book from the energy audit for anybody interested improving their home energy usage.

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Keeping the Heat in Your Edmonton Home

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What Is Retrofitting? Retrofitting a house is simply upgrading it so that it will keep the heat in. This means adding insulation, caulking and weatherstripping, improving or replacing windows and doors, and improving the heating system. Retrofitting also means including energy-efficiency measures in all your renovation and repair activities. In our Edmonton climate, retrofitting usually makes a lot of sense. This book tells you how to go about retrofitting your Edmonton house. It deals with houses of all kinds in all parts of Canada. It does not deal with apartment or commercial buildings, although some of the information presented here may be useful. This book is designed to serve both the experienced do-it-yourselfer and the novice willing to give it a try. It is also a useful consumer guide for homeowners who intend to hire a contractor to undertake retrofit work. If you want a copy, just email us or comment below and well send you a .pdf copy.....free. If you want an actual book, let us know and we'll get it to you either in person or thru Canada post. Do you have any friends who could use this to save few bucks on your heating??


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