How to Maximize the Energy Efficiency of Your Home

Being conscientious about wasting energy is at the forefront of everyone’s minds.  We all want to contribute to minimizing the impact of energy waste on our planet.  Below you will find some ways you can positively impact the environment and your bank account by maximizing the energy efficiency of your Kelowna home!

  • Reduce use of lighting and appliances

Small changes to daily habits can add up to a big difference in energy consumption.  Turning off lights when you leave a room is a great way to instantly reduce unnecessary energy use.  You could install motion sensors on exterior lights so they don’t have to be on to illuminate when necessary.  Unplugging unused electronics will reduce phantom power drain and switching bulbs to CFL’s or LED’s instead of incandescent can really add up when it comes to conserving energy.

  • Be aware of water waste

A simple way to save energy and water is to turn off the faucet when brushing your teeth or shaving and make it a priority to fix leaky faucets.  You could also take shorter showers or switch to a low flow shower head to further improve your energy efficiency.

  • Adjust temperatures when you aren’t home

A great way to save energy and money is to turn down the heat or air conditioner when you’re out of the home.  Adjusting the set temperature by 1 degree can reduce up to 10% of your energy bill.  Most thermostats offer the option to set a schedule so your furnace or air conditioning unit can most efficiently manage the temperature in your home without you having to give it a second thought!

  • Wash clothes efficiently

When doing laundry, try to wash full loads to maximize the efficiency of the appliance.  Using the cold wash cycle is not only more energy efficient but gentler on your clothing.  If weather permits, hang clothes to dry outside, or invest in a drying rack so you can hang clothes to dry inside your home.

  • Pay attention to windows, chimneys and attic space

If it’s an option, upgrading to double pane windows can greatly improve your homes energy efficiency throughout the year.  A more cost effective solution is to add blinds or drapes to reduce energy loss through windows.  A chimney is another potential location for energy drain so ensure your damper seals properly to prevent heat from entering in the summer and escaping in the winter.  Increasing the insulation in the attic can also have a huge impact on how well your home retains it’s temperature and substantially reduce your heating and cooling costs.

These are just a few of many ways, big and small, that you can reduce your energy consumption and maximize the energy efficiency of your Kelowna BC home.   If you or a loved one need to buy or sell a property in Kelowna, please get in touch with me to discuss how I can be “Your Key to Real Estate Success in Kelowna”.

Karen Borring-Olsen

Your Key to Real Estate Success in Kelowna