Energy Conservation

Everyone talks about saving energy, money and the planet through conservation. We have prepared a list of tips, rebate programs and resources to get you started for home or business.

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    • Flick the switch: Turn off lights, TVs, appliances and other devices when you are not using them.
    • Create ambience AND save money. Install and use a dimmer switch. Dimmed bulbs use less power.
    • Consider adding renewables to your energy mix. Bring in an expert to assess and recommend solutions right for you. (Hint: We can help!)
    • Energy Auditors can assess energy efficiency and recommend improvements
    • Short showers use about 20% as much hot water as a bath.
    • Add an aerator onto your sink faucet.
    • Install a low-flow shower head. Some even come with timers!
    • Do you know how hot your water heater heats to? 60° Celcius is all you really need.
    • Using a traditional water heater? Keep the tank and pipes insulated.
    • Plug it up. Instead of using running water, fill your sink basin halfway for washing a batch of dishes.
    • Washing clothes in cold water will save energy and keep fabrics brighter.
    • Invest in a properly installed heat pump to cool (and heat in cool months) your home or office.
    • Maintain your air conditioning unit(s) according to manufacturer instructions to optimize efficiency, including filter changes.
    • Before you buy, consider the energy efficiency of air conditioning units by comparing the SEER ratings. The higher the #, the greater the efficiency.
    • Increasing the therostat by 1 degree Celcius can equal a five percent savings.
    • Go au naturel. Open windows and use fans, particularly at night, to circulate fresh, cool air.
    • Close the drapes and shades, particularly on southern facing windows, to reduce solar heating.
    • Even your air conditioner can benefit from a little shade. Plants, trees or structures block sunlight without blocking airflow.
    • Use a programmable thermostat to automatically keep temperatures a little warmer when you are not home.
    • Invest in a properly installed heat pump to heat (and cool in hot months) your home or office.
    • Surprise, Solar PV actually works best in the cold! Think solar heating.
    • Windows let light in and, unfortunately, heat out. Up the integrity of your windows by adding plastic cling film to reduce drafts in winter.
    • Check seals around windows and doors and add weatherstripping and caulk where needed.
    • Use a programmable thermostat to automatically keep temperatures a little lower when you are not home or are sleeping.
    • Grab a comfy hoodie, sweater or blanket and lower the thermostat. Even one degree can make a big difference.
    • Add an extra blanket and you won’t even notice lowering the thermostat 2 degrees at night.
    • Unused space? Keep the door closed and heat off in rooms you do not often use.
    • Throw rugs can both soften and warm up cold floors.
    • Maintain air filters on your furnace according the manufacturer instructions.
    • Go with the flow - ensure air vents or baseboard heaters are unobstructed.
    • Reverse the direction of a ceiling fan to push warm air down.
    • Your dryer creates a lot of heat. When one load is done, throw in another right after to take advantage of the heat already created.
    • Keep your dryer hose reasonably short and clean the lint trap before each load and clean the lint trap before each load.
    • Let your dryer shut off when it detects that the load is dry rather than using the timer.
    • Fill'er up. Run full, though not overfull, loads of wash.
    • Stoves and ovens can be real power piggies. Microwaves, electric kettles, and toaster ovens heat more efficiently.
    • Ice buildup in the freezer reduces its efficiency. If it keeps frosting up, check the seal around the door/drawer for integrity.
    • For high efficiency, look for the ENERGY STAR symbol.
    • Compact fluorescent lights can save 50% of the cost of using incandescent bulbs.
    • Let printers and copiers go to "sleep" when not in use.
    • Why not make the most of natural light during the day? Reduce glare, turn off the lights, save $$$.
    • Consider adding renewable energy to the mix to reduce expenses and increase ethical corporate impact. Talk to an expert.
    • Invest in a properly installed heat pump to heat (and cool in hot months) your home or office.
    • Look to grants and subsidies to "green" up operations and save $$$, save the planet.
    • For high efficiency, look for the ENERGY STAR symbol.
    • Use an automatic thermostat to regulate temperatures around business hours.
    • Turn off computers at night.
    • Assess old equipment and systems. Time to invest in upgrades or improvements to increase energy efficiency?
    • Think before you print.
    • Laptops use less energy than desktops.
    • Efficiency Nova Scotia: Rebates for Business
    • Efficiency Nova Scotia: Rebates for Homeowners
    • Clean Foundation Nova Scotia
    • Apply for the Greener Homes Rebate which pays up to $5000.
    • Apply online to the Greener Homes loan which is 0% interest free loan which you can borrow up to $40,000 with a 10- year repayment term.

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