There’s nothing like a heat wave to add an extra cost to your monthly home expenses! With your air conditioner working overtime, it might seem like an odd time to discuss energy efficiency. But there are several easy and inexpensive ways to make your home more energy-efficient, without sacrificing cool comfort.
Air seal your home. Sealing cracks, gaps and leaks with foam or caulking and adding insulation can save up to 10 per cent on yearly heating and cooling costs.
Wash your clothes in cold water. Most of the energy consumed by washing machines goes towards heating the water. Washing your clothes on the cold cycle can save almost $100 in electricity per year.
Close your blinds. On hot days, close the blinds, shades, and drapes on the sunny side of your home to help keep the temperature down and reduce how hard your AC has to work.
Replace air filters. Dirty air filters in your furnace and AC unit make your system work harder and run longer than necessary. Changing your filters regularly will also help with air quality on muggy days.
Defrost your freezer. Excess ice buildup in your fridge or freezer can send your appliances into overdrive. Be sure to defrost your freezer before the ice gets to be a quarter of an inch thick.