Energy is such an integrated part of our lives that we often don’t give its use a second thought. But by simply making minor tweaks within your home, you could save more than $1,000 per year.
Canadian households use energy to heat, cool and light their homes, to run appliances like stoves and power devices like TVs. As a result of this energy use, we’re seeing households produce roughly 15 per cent of all greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions within the country.
Research on climate change shows that the earth is heating up, marking a sudden departure from average temperatures over the past 10,000 years. According to NASA, 97 per cent of climate scientists agree that these trends are due to human activity – specifically by an increased concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.
“Climate change is the defining issue of our time and we are at a defining moment,” states the United Nations.
Habitat HM recognizes the importance of keeping our environmental impact as low as we can. We build energy-efficient homes and we’re here to help you lower your home’s energy use. Every action you take to benefit the environment is a step in the right direction, towards being a part of the solution rather than contributing to the problem.
Why does your home’s energy efficiency matter?
While residential GHG emissions account for approximately 15 per cent of our country’s total, the figure doesn’t have to be this high. Many homes waste energy, generating higher than necessary emissions and exorbitant energy bills. Any home can be made energy-efficient, bringing with it many benefits, both for your wallet and your conscience.
Improving your home’s energy efficiency can save you hundreds of dollars in utility bills. These renovations are investments that will allow you to save at least as much put into them. Read on to see how much each energy-efficient improvement could save you annually, with a combined savings of more than $1000.
Reduce your environmental impact
Tackling climate change can seem extremely overwhelming when considering the issue in its entirety. But breaking it into smaller steps can make progress much more manageable. Being environmentally responsible doesn’t have to mean compromising comfort or convenience. There are many simple ways to boost your home’s energy efficiency, meaning your role in helping the environment has never been easier.
Boost your home’s resale value
With awareness about the impact we have on the environment increasing, many homebuyers are looking for energy-efficient homes. Your upgrades will show a commitment to energy efficiency that greatly boosts its resale value.
New fixtures like lighting, appliances, windows and doors also look great to buyers. Every investment you put into making your home more energy-efficient you will see back not only in savings but also in home value once the time comes to sell.
So with all of that being said, how can you make your home more energy efficient?
Habitat Handyman is here to be your energy efficiency hero
Habitat HM’s Handyman can help you tackle basic improvements to make your home more energy-efficient. Jared, our licensed Red Seal Carpenter Handyman, is ready with his hardhat in hand to make these changes a reality. With over 15 years of experience, and a team of highly-skilled volunteers by his side, we deliver quality results and superior service.
As a part of our belief in affordable homeownership, Habitat HM also believes in the importance of affordable home maintenance. Our Handyman services offer highly competitive pricing, with net revenue supporting the construction of affordable housing right here within our community.
Below are some of the services we offer to increase your home’s energy efficiency.
Energy efficiency improvements to save you more than $1000
Install low-flow shower heads
Much of households’ unnecessary waste of water comes from showering. Switching to a low-flow shower head will save on your water consumption and your wallet will thank you for it.
A standard shower head uses 2.5 gallons of water per minute, whereas low-flow shower heads use only 2 gallons per minute, or less.
In a household with a daily average of two showers, with an average length of 15 minutes each, you would save roughly $170 annually by switching to a low-flow shower head.
Install energy-efficient toilets
Older toilets can use as much as 6 gallons of water per flush, compared to efficient toilets that use less than 1.6 gallons. By making the switch to an efficient toilet, you could save more than $110 per year in water expenses.
Seal air leaks
Air leaks can let hot air inside during the summer and allow the heat to escape during the harsh winter, meaning that your dollars are trickling out with it. Sealing windows and doors can make a big difference in making heating or cooling your home as energy-efficient as possible. It’ll also save you 10 to 20 per cent of these costs, annually.
Savings: $353 (calculated using the average household energy cost in Ontario, $2,358, and an estimated savings of 15 per cent).
Change your bulbs
Savings: $315 (calculated using $35 savings per five light bulbs, using an average of 45 bulbs per home).
Use a power strip for electronic equipment
With countless devices plugged into outlets around your home, this easy fix could save you 10 per cent on your annual electricity bill. What many people don’t realize, is that even when you’re not using a device, it’s still continuing to draw power.
By using advanced power strips, you can reduce the amount of electricity that’s wasted when your devices are idle. They do this by preventing electronics from drawing power while they’re not being used.
Savings: $235 (calculated using the average household energy cost in Ontario, $2,358, and 10 per cent savings).
Total annual savings of: $1,183.
If you’re interested in using Habitat Handyman or if you don’t see a service you’re looking for listed here, give us a call at 905-637-4446 ext. 238 or send us an email at [email protected]. We’re happy to answer any questions you might have!
How does Habitat HM build energy-efficient homes?
In every Habitat home we build, energy efficiency is at the forefront of our project. To learn more about how we build our homes to be energy-efficient or to see our plans to increase the sustainability of our homes the future, click here.