Energy Efficiency
Here's a quick guide that will help you save energy and money for your home!

Optimize your home energy consumption and reduce your energy bills with this easy-to-use guide. It will flag areas that you should  periodically examine in and around your home to find energy-wasting trouble spots. It also includes some preventative maintenance tips that will help you avoid problems before they happen.

Air leaks

Simply hold a wet hand in front of these areas to see if you feel a draft.

  • Around windows and doors 
  • Electrical outlets and switch plates 
  • Baseboards 
  • Fireplace dampers and attic hatches 
  • Cable TV and phone lines 
  • Dryer vents, fans, window and wall mounted air conditioners


Visually inspect the following:

  • Outdoor water faucets
  • Where siding and chimneys meet 
  • Where the foundation of exterior brick or siding meet
  • Around pipes and wires


Leaks can be sealed by reapplying caulking and weather-stripping.


  • Check your insulation and vapour barriers.
  • Most builders use the recommended minimum. 
  • Given today’s energy prices, the level of insulation might be inadequate,  especially if you have an older home.

Heating & Cooling Equipment

  • Inspect your furnace and air conditioning  unit annually.
  • Check your filters and replace them as needed.
  • Use a programmable thermostat.

Appliances & Electronic Devices

  • Reduce the energy use of your appliances and electronics by unplugging  them when not in use to prevent phantom loads.
  • Run dishwashers, washers and dryers with full loads at off peak times. 
  • Keep appliances clean so they run efficiently.
  • Old appliances use a lot more energy than newer energy efficient ones,  that  old beer fridge might be costing you a lot more than you think!


  • Replace inefficient bulbs with a more  efficient choice, such as energy-saving incandescent, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), or light-emitting diodes (LEDs).

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