Ways to reduce your energy use and make your home greener.
To kick things off, let’s start by looking at some ways that you can start making your home more eco-friendly. Being green doesn’t mean that you have to spend lots of money on fancy gadgets or new technologies. Here are a few small changes you can make in your home that will add up to a greener lifestyle for your whole family:
Replace your bulbs. Replacing your incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs will help you save approximately 66% more energy with use. Trading just one incandescent bulb with one CFL can also save up to 400 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions in just one year.
CFL bulbs do cost several times more upfront than regular incandescent light bulbs, they also last about 10 times longer, which means that for every CFL you use, you’ll be saving eight incandescent light bulbs from the landfill.
Open the blinds. You can save 10% of energy on heating by opening the blinds during the day to let the sunlight in. Let the sunshine do its part to heat your home throughout the day.
Turn down your thermostat. With fall just around the corner, you will likely be ready to turn on your furnace sometime in the next month or two. You can save energy, and money, by just turning your thermostat down by one degree Celsius.
Put your fridge in the right place. Sometimes saving energy can be as easy as making sure your refrigerator is in the right place. Make sure it is in an area in your kitchen without direct sunlight and with at least 7.5 cm between the unit and the wall. This will make sure your fridge has enough air flow and isn’t working harder than it has to.
Re-purpose your furniture. Finding new ways to use or re-purpose your existing furniture is an easy way to reduce waste. Instead of throwing away that old dresser, could you repaint it? Could you use it for storage in your laundry room or garage?
Fix leaky faucets and toilets. Making sure that you keep up with house maintenance can also help you out. A leaky toilet can waste up to 750 litres of water each day. Get it fixed!
Lower washing temperature. Almost 90% of the energy used in running your dishwasher or your washing machine is from heating up the water. If you turn down the temperature of the water or clean with warm or cold water you will save energy and reduce your energy bill.
Recycle and compost. Reducing household waste has never been easier with all of the recycling and composting programs available in our area. Take the time to separate your garbage into different garbage, recycle and compost bins. There are city wide programs to support this in Calgary, Red Deer and Lethbridge.
If you aren’t sure how they work or how to use the system, we’ve got you covered. Go to page four of this newsletter to learn more about the programs available in your area.
By making these small changes to your household, you can save energy, reduce your waste and lower your water and energy bills. It’s an easy way to go green.