Home Energy Efficiency Tips
Seven Ways to Make your Home more Energy Efficient
1. Maintain your heating and cooling system
The best way to keep your equipment running at peak performance is to have a licensed technician do annual service checks. It’s also important to clean or change air filters every change of season.
2. Shade your windows
Shade all your windows, other than those that face south, with fixed shading devices e.g. awnings and pergolas. An unshaded square metre of glass will let in almost as much heat as a one-bar radiator.
3. Seal air leaks
Fixing leaks around your home will help you get the full performance out of insulation. Seal gaps around doors with weather stripping or door ‘snakes’ to stop cold air flowing in.
4. Seal ducts
Ducts that are damaged or blocked can leak conditioned air and reduce your system’s efficiency by as much as 20%. You can improve your duct’s performance by calling an HVAC professional.
5. Replace old equipment with energy efficient products
When purchasing heating or cooling equipment, look at the energy rating label. These products use advanced technology to help you save on energy bills and improve the comfort in your home.
6. Make sure equipment is the right size for your home
Remember that bigger isn’t necessarily better. If the heating or cooling unit is too large for your home, it will frequently cycle on and off, which wastes energy. Plus, it won’t run long enough to remove humidity from the air, which can impact the comfort and health of your home.
7. Install a programmable thermostat and use it efficiently
Programmable thermostats give you greater control over your heating and cooling system, including timing, temperatures and which areas to heat or cool. You can set your system to keep the air conditioning at a minimum while you're at work, and have it start up an hour before you arrive home. During winter, you can lower your house's temperature overnight, and have it warm up again before sunrise. Set heating and cooling thermostat temperatures as low as you feel comfortable with during winter (19-20ºC) and as high as you feel comfortable with during summer (25-26ºC). Each 1ºC above during winter and below during summer will increase energy use by around 10%.