By: PMG Team

How To Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

Tags: Energy Efficient, Energy Star

Whether you’re considering doing a small or large renovation to your current home, it is always a good idea to consider making your home more energy efficient. By improving your home’s energy efficiency, you’ll lower your energy bills while adding value to your home if you decide to move.

What is an energy efficient home?

Energy efficient homes reduce unnecessary energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, and demand for non-renewable resources. The best thing about energy efficient homes is that any home, regardless of age, can be built, retrofitted, or upgraded to improve its energy efficiency.

Ways to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

There are a variety of ways to make your home more energy efficient, all of which vary in cost. Here are some of the more common ways people are updating their homes to be more energy efficient:

Purchase ENERGY STAR® products

ENERGY STAR® is the mark of high-efficiency products in Canada. ENERGY STAR® certified products meet strict technical specifications for energy performance and you can find the mark on high-efficiency products like washing machines, dryers, fridges, and water heaters.

Use smart power bars

Using smart power bars is a great way to reduce the amount of energy in your home. Old power bars constantly feed power to devices that are plugged in, regardless of whether or not they are turned on or charging.

Smart power bars will cut off power — automatically or manually — to devices that aren’t requiring power.

Give your devices a holiday

Before you leave on vacation, unplug as many appliances and devices as you can. You’ll save energy – and money – for your next getaway.

Additional air-sealing

ENERGY STAR® certified homes are built to meet a specific energy target and are sufficiently airtight to save energy and provide better comfort. A well-sealed home will not only save you money but it will help to reduce drafts and cold spots, dust, pollen, pests, and noise.

Whether you’re interested in saving money, saving energy, helping the planet, or upping your resale value, the next time you replace appliances or renovate your home, do it the energy efficient way!

If you’d like to know more about increasing the value of your home, get in touch.