Energy And Water-Saving Tips for Your Home

A growing concern in Canada is the efficient use of the energy resources we have at our disposal. Issues such as reducing our natural gas and electricity supplies, air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions are compounding to a rapidly growing problem. This growing concern affects all energy consumers, whether you are a tenant renting a unit or a homeowner who owns a home or condominium.

Common problems of wasting energy and water

Air leaks

Drafts can enter your home through walls, floors, windows, ceilings, and doors that have cracks and holes. This can cause problems during the winter, where your home would be cold and drafty, resulting in more heat being consumed to maintain a desirable temperature. Draft houses are more prone to problems with more audible outside noises. In the summer, your home can get hot and sweaty, and more air conditioning would be consumed to have that cool temperature that is so necessary in hot summers. Both of these scenarios can make your home more expensive and lead to excessive energy consumption when it’s not actually needed.

If the interior partitions, floors, and ceilings in your home have cracks and holes, it can cause airflow throughout your home and other units if you live in a building.

Odors, noise, tobacco smoke, and parasites can move throughout the house or nearby apartments if there are small gaps. Cooled or heated air will tend to move in unexpected ways and will eventually leave your home or building.

To achieve optimal air temperature and humidity in your home or unit, reducing air losses is important.

Ventilation, Heating, Air Conditioning and Maintenance Systems

To ensure that your ventilation, heating and air conditioning systems use the least amount of energy, you need to maintain the systems so that they always work efficiently. This leads to fewer services and repairs in the system, which helps you SAVE!

Windows and doors

Use the sun’s heat

In the winter months, you can always use the sun’s FREE HEAT to keep your home at a desirable temperature.

o Window shutters and curtains facing south, west and east will have the most sunlight, so keeping them open will help bring in the most heat.

o You can also close the radiator valves and lower the thermostat so that the stove does not work during this time. Remember to reassemble the thermostat when the sun stops shining in the room.

o To keep the heat in your apartment at night, close the blinds on the curtains.

Always keep in mind that closing shutters and curtains can cause water to form on the windows in the form of condensation. This is a problem because window frames and surrounding surfaces can get wet and damaged. This causes mold to start growing in window frames and surfaces and can eventually threaten the health of the tenant. A good way to avoid this problem with condensation is to wipe off the water as soon as you see them on the window and make sure you don’t leave the curtains closed for long periods of time. Also remember that running kitchen and bathroom fans longer can help. Finally, if the condensation problem persists on the windows, it is safe to keep the curtains open until the problem is fixed, particularly if you want to avoid mold growth in your home.