With global warming creating hotter summers across North America and the pandemic shifting our lifestyles towards more spending more time in our houses, we could all benefit from boosting our home’s energy efficiency to save on hydro bills. Here are some big and small changes that could help:
If you’re adding an extension to your property, a pool to your backyard, or even planning a custom-built dream home, choose sustainable materials that promote energy conservation. Instead of traditional wood framing, consider insulated concrete forms from Nudura.
The eco-friendly alternative features thermal mass walls that boost insulation and can reduce heating and cooling costs by up to 60% a year. Plus, using ICFs can help your home qualify for various credit categories in LEED green building programs.
Did you know that about 15 to 20% of your home’s surface is windows? This means any issues with them can have a major impact on your energy consumption. Take time to caulk any gaps or air leaks and consider upgrading to energy-efficient windows. Double-paned windows can improve insulation and help ensure your cooled, air-conditioned air doesn’t escape.
Take advantage of the gorgeous weather to spend more time outside. Instead of cooking meals in your energy-intensive oven that also heats up your home, break out the barbecue and enjoy dinner al fresco. You can also ease up on the clothes dryer by setting up a line and some pins in the backyard and use the wind and sun for drying power. Installing solar panels on your roof is also easier than ever and is becoming increasingly popular among homeowners.
Technology can help you make sure you’re consuming energy wisely. A smart thermostat is a great idea, helping to cool and heat your home more efficiently while keeping energy usage down when you’re away from home.
But a smart weather station can go a step beyond, working with your smart thermostat and other connected devices to program them around current and predicted weather patterns. For example, it can ensure your scheduled sprinkler won’t go off in the middle of a downpour.
If you aren’t careful, a lot of energy can be used by your fridge. First, make sure the one in your kitchen (and basement) is a newer model, as older ones can cost hundreds more a year to power. Then, clear it out so the shelves and drawers aren’t overcrowded, which makes the fridge work harder to pump cool air throughout. Finally, if you let leftovers cool on the counter before putting them inside, your fridge will use less energy.
Learn more about how Nudura makes the most of green building technology to heat and cool our homes by checking out all the eco-friendly benefits of ICFs.
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