Most people these days know that energy efficiency is important and that it should be considered when making upgrades to windows and doors in your home. Here we break down a few of the fundamental reasons for why energy efficiency matters in your home.
Save on Energy Bills
It seems as though nothing has risen quite as quickly and substantially as electricity over the years, especially if you’re living in Ontario and prices continue to soar. According to Statistics Canada’s consumer price index, throughout 2016, prices jumped by 15.7 percent, which is about eight times the rate of overall inflation.
Homeowners can help lower their energy expenditures by purchasing and installing a bevy energy-efficient items. For example, installing Energy Star® certified windows and doors, along with high-efficiency washing machines, dryers, and dishwashers can all lower your monthly expenses. Even switching to an advanced power strip bar can save up to $100 per year by reducing electricity waste when devices are idle. Things as simple as installing efficient lightbulbs can help to reduce electrical costs over time.
Keep your Home Comfortable
In addition to cost savings for homeowners, energy-efficient upgrades also help to improve comfort levels at home. For example, by replacing old, weathered windows and doors with newer models that incorporate advancements in design you will likely reduce drafts and air leaks throughout your home that contribute to a cooler, uncomfortable interior, which can cause your HVAC system to work much harder than it should.
Helps the Environment
Of course, energy efficiency is not just a benefit to consumers and homeowners – it also helps the environment since there is a direct connection between both. When you consume less power and electricity, you also help reduce the demand and usage of emissions created by power plants.
Increase Home Value
Finally, energy efficiency will also increase the resale value of your home. If you are considering contemplating selling, you can be sure that having energy efficient items throughout your home will assist you on getting top dollars should you sell.
As Ottawa Valley residents, we have to endure extreme dips and spikes in temperature each and every year from the winter and summer months. Incorporating energy efficient items throughout your home is one of the best ways to help reduce energy consumption and lower those expensive monthly bills.