TOP TEN TIPS FOR A GREENER HOME OR BUSINESS

Here at Impact Energy – we’re all about making an impact on your energy bill – ie – lowering it. We’re also laser focussed on helping our customers decrease their carbon footprint to make a smaller impact on the planet. Here are our top ten tips for your home or business to reduce your monthly electric bill and your carbon footprint.

While some of these recommendations can be done yourself, we always recommend consulting a certified technician to get the most value from your efforts. (We would say that wouldn’t we… )

1. SERVICE YOUR FURNACE
To make your furnace more efficient, it’s important to clean and maintain the unit. First, have a professional service your furnaces once per year by cleaning out parts you can’t see or reach as well as making sure that it isn’t working harder than necessary. In addition, replace filters every three months especially if you’ve recently done renovations or own pets.

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2. SEAL THE DUCTWORK
If you seal your ductwork, hot air will not escape. This means that you’ll be paying to heat places where it’s unnecessary (like the unfinished basement) and won’t get as much heat in other areas of the house like upper floor rooms. By applying heating vent tape to all visible joints on your ductwork, this problem can easily be solved.

3. TEST WINDOWS AND DOORS
Save money and energy by caulking, weatherstripping, installing door sweeps or applying window film in colder months to your home. If an incense stick or candle flickers near a frame you have drafts that are wasting heating and cooling costs if not fixed.

4. MAINTAIN OR REPLACE LARGE APPLIANCES
Be proactive and take care of your appliances. By making sure that your AC unit, fridge, washing machine, dishwasher and other large appliances are working at peak efficiency you will not only save money on your power bills, you’ll also avoid and delay costly replacements.

But if the time has come, we do recommend replacing outdated appliances with their greener counterparts. Look for more energy-efficient appliances, and spend the money up-front for the long-term economic and environmental savings.

5. GET A SMARTER HOME
Smart home automation uses internet-connected devices – like your smartphone – to monitor and control anything from your appliances, locks, lights, heating, cooling, irrigation, and more.

A smart thermostat, for example, can reduce your heating and cooling costs by up to 15 percent. In addition, a ‘smart home’ gives you greater control over energy use by automating things like temperature control, turning on/off lights, and opening/closing window treatments based upon current weather conditions.

6. SPRINKLE SMARTER
There are a few different ways to save water and energy with your sprinkler system. Start by watering on cooler cloudy days when less moisture will evaporate and water at night if possible to prevent evaporation loss. If you have an irrigation system, check the system regularly for leaks, and repair immediately. If you want to get serious about water conservation and convenience, consider adding a smart controller. With a smart sprinkler controller, your lawn is watered remotely and automatically through an app. The app also helps you schedule when to water your grass for optimal results, as well as the duration of each watering session based on daily weather reports. Finally, consider using drip irrigation instead as it requires much less water than traditional sprinklers!

 

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