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Reducing the impact we make on the environment is not only a good way to help prevent out CO2 footprint from running out of control, it’s also an amazing way to save money over the long term and improve the quality of your life.

As green initiatives become more popular, Ontario Energy Group Consumer Watch wants to share some easy and simple ways you can improve energy efficiency in your home and take a big step in making a more green community.

Replace Incandescent Lights in Your Home

They’re outdated, they’re unseemingly, and they’re actually bad for your mental well being too. Incandescent lights used to be the de-facto light in every home for decades. But today, new developments in home lighting can make it easy and cheap to refit your home to consume less electricity.

CFLs, or compact fluorescent lamps, greatly reduce the amount of energy you consume in your home. While incandescent lights only turn 10% of the energy they use into light, CFLs only use a fourth of the same energy for even higher amounts of light. They also last ten times longer, increasing the lifetime of your bulbs and keeping you from going back to the store.

Seal and Insulate Your Home

Heat leakage can account for up to 20% of energy loss with no benefits to homeowners. This is heat that is using resources and creating waste, as none of it is being used to any benefit. Common causes of heat leakage include drafty windows, chimney escapes, mail slots, attics, and undeveloped basements. However, the most common cause of heat loss is due to attics due to how heat rises.

Sealing leaks can be done fairly cheaply and efficiently with minimal development on your home. Something simple as sealed windows or caulking on points where drafts occur can be an immense help to reducing the heat wasted.

Use Energy Efficient Appliances

Your water heaters, gas furnaces, and air conditioners may not be up to modern efficiency standards. Many homeowners may live in older homes with outdated boilers and furnaces that waste gas and electricity. Modern energy rated appliances can help reduce your carbon footprint as they use resources far more sparingly than older models. Of particular note are tankless water heaters, which don’t store unused hot water, and thus use a fraction of tank heaters.

Green Initiatives Need Every Single Step

As climate change becomes a growing concern for many, the need for cost-efficient and energy-efficient home comforts is more imperative than ever. Some steps are little, some are big, but every step is important in reducing the waste in our daily lives. And if you take the right steps, you can save money doing it.

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