Vancouver Plumbing: Spring Energy Saving Tips

Posted on: April 8th, 2013 by zach

Energy Tip #1

In preparing for the summer, consider investing in some insulated, thermal-backed drapes for your windows. They’ll help keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

Energy Tip #2

Don’t forget to check the seals on your refrigerator door to make sure they are clean and tight. Your refrigerator accounts for up to 11% of your household’s total energy use, which can have a major impact on your energy bill.

Energy Tip #3

Spring-cleaning involves making sure all the fans in your home are working properly and are dust-free. Regularly wash or replace filters. Consider installing a timer switch on your bathroom fan, so that it runs only as long as it is required.

Energy Tip #4

Before buying an air conditioning unit or system, find out its energy efficiency ratio (EER). Calculate the EER by dividing the unit’s cooling capacity (BTU’s/hour) by its energy requirement (watts). An EER of 10 or more is very good, and 6 or 7 is fair. Remember to buy the smallest capacity unit or system that will meet your needs.

Energy Tip #5

Have you ever thought about installing an attic ventilator? An attic ventilating system draws cool air up through the house and can provide the same level of comfort as an air conditioner at a much lower cost. Pump in cool air during summer evenings then seal your home during the day. Attic ventilation can help lower winter heating bills too.

Energy Tip #6

Does your Vancouver home have a sliding glass door? Make sure to keep its track clean. A dirty track can ruin the door’s seal and create gaps where heat or cold air can escape.

Energy Tip #7

Toilets consume a large amount of water every day. Installing low flow toilets are a good way to reduce your water bills.

Energy Tip #8

When dust and pet hair build up on your refrigerator’s condenser coils, the motor works harder and uses more electricity. As part of your spring-cleaning, make sure the coils are cleaned and air can circulate freely.

Energy Tip #9

Make sure you change the direction of airflow on your ceiling fan. In the winter, let the fan push warm air toward the floor and in summer, switch the direction and draw air upward, cooling the room and ensuring constant airflow.

Energy Tip #10

Make sure all taps are not dripping. A dripping tap can waste up to 2000 litres a month, that’s 24000 litres a year!

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