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There are government programs out there to help cover the costs of completing major energy savings retrofits and completing some sort of Energy Efficiency Evaluation Report. Here is a list of Energy Savings Tips that although are not usually covered by such programs, can greatly reduce your energy consumption and help make your home more energy efficient:

  1. Replace your light bulbs with energy-efficient ones, such as compact flurescents (CF). They last longer and reduce electricity consumption.
  2. Insulate the first two metres of the hot and cold water pipes with insulating foam sleeves or pipe wrap insulation. By doing so you will save on your water heating costs and will reduce your water consumption. Besides saving energy, water will arrive at the faucets warmer or colder. Insulating cold water pipes will also avoid condensation from forming on the pipes. This prevents dripping on ceiling tiles or the basement floor.
  3. If you do have a pool, install a timer on your pool pump.
  4. Use a timer for your car's block heater. Set the timer so that it turns on two hours before you start your vehicle.
  5. Install an Energy Star qualified kitchen or bathroom exhaust fan.
  6. Install a timer on your bathroom exhaust fan(s).
  7. Install low-flow shower heads (rated at less than 9.8 litres per minute and faucet aerators.
  8. Fix leaky faucets and outside hose bibs.
  9. Install and use a programmable electronic thermostat (set the heating temperature to 20c while you are at home and 17c at night and when you are away). For each degree of setback, you can save up to 2 percent on your heat bill.
  10. When replacing lighting, appliances, electronics and office equipment, look for Energy Star labelled products. Energy Star labelled products use less than half as much energy in standby mode, when turned "off".
  11. Plug your home office equipment into a power bar that can be easily turned off when equipment is not in use.
  12. Install motion sensor light switches.

There are also more expensive projects such as replacing your current toilets with low-flush toilets and installing a Drain Water Heat Recovery system (DWHR), which in itself can save you up to 30% on your water heating.

Of course there are also the major retrofits:

  • Install a wind-powered generation system, which will supplement your energy use with an environmentally friendly source of electricity.
  • Install a solar wall system to supplement your space heating, which will ease the load on your primary heating system.
  • Install a photovoltaic system, which will supplement your energy use with an environmentally friendly source of energy.
  • Install a trombe wall if the means are available to reduce heating and cooling via thermal mass.

That's it for today... I'd be interested in hearing what other low costs energy savings tips people have come up with and will share.

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