Calgary Energy Efficient Home Improvement Updates
If you are a homeowner, you may be surprised at the number of updates that can be made to increase your home’s energy efficiency. An energy efficient home is not just better for the environment, it actually saves you anywhere from hundreds to thousands of dollars per year through optimized appliances and other features that can keep your energy costs lower than ever before. Let’s take a closer look at some of the most significant energy efficient home improvement updates that can be done on your home.
The insulation in your home is probably very old and very damaged. Insulation helps keep homes warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer, but when your insulation is torn up, damaged, or just plain old, then your home is not reaping the benefits from the insulation itself. If you get upgraded insulation, however, you will see a noticeable difference in your energy bills each season. Modern insulation is also much more effective than old insulation, and since it will be brand new, you won’t have to worry about missing pieces or thinned insulation during those hot summer days and cold winter nights.
The majority of the areas of the home will require at least an R-12 rating, and can go as high as R-50 for attics. Learn more about the Alberta Energy Efficiency Program involving insulation upgrades here.
Windows are some of the easiest ways you can add energy efficiency to your home. Windows can be made more efficient through a number of different upgrades, including installing energy-efficient temperature glass as well as window tints that will help prevent the sun from heating up the inside of your home during warmer months. Window upgrades are often relatively inexpensive when compared to other upgrades, so they are a great option when the budget is your consideration.
Windows are another item that the Alberta Energy Efficiency Program helps with in regards to rebates. Learn more about what the window requirements are to earn back up to $1500 in rebates here.
Installing LED Lights
Most home lighting is stuck in the past, but traditional lighting is actually much more expensive than modern LED lighting in the long run. Traditional light bulbs need to be replaced very often, especially in rooms where the lights are frequently turned on. LED light bulbs, on the other hand, have some serious staying power. LED bulbs last for about 50,000 hours, which means if you used the LED bulb for 12 hours every single day, it would still last for 11 years! LED bulbs use up much less energy as well, saving you money on bills and not just on light bulb purchases.
Upgrade To Energy-Efficient Appliances
If your appliances haven’t been replaced in a decade or two—or three—then they are not going to be very energy efficient. Modern appliances are much more energy efficient than old models, and you could save hundreds of dollars every year on your utility related bills if you switch to models that are designed to help reduce energy expenditure. Energy efficient appliances come in all shapes and sizes too, so you can upgrade appliances in the kitchen, laundry room and more.
There are a lot of options out there for homeowners who want to upgrade their home with energy efficient features. The above options are just a few of the most popular energy efficient upgrades you can make to your home today. Talk to us at Golden Acre Renovations today about the cost savings you can obtain through the Alberta Energy Efficiency Program.