February 2, 2019 / By Angels Caulking
As energy costs keep rising and winter is in its fullest swing, at Angel’s Caulking we believe it is important for you to learn different ways you can use to save on your energy bill. Making sure the caulking around your windows is in good conditions is just one of the many things you can do to put some money back in your pocket. Air sealing is a task that can save energy, the environment and save you money.
The less hot air that’s leaking out and cold air that’s leaking in, the less your heating bill will be. Here are some things you can do to make sure this happens:
Find and Seal All Leaks in Your Home/Apartment
It is important to check the condition of your caulking around your windows, doors, plumbing and electrical wiring. Some people focus on those parts of their house but forget to check areas like basements and attics.
Caulk is used to cover or seal the openings and cracks that exist between two connecting materials (which are the places where air and/or water could enter). If you are able to see daylight through the crack or opening or you feel a draft, you certainly need a caulking job.
Get the most out of Sun!
Although sunny days are a privilege to have during winter time, let the sun shine in when possible. Open your blinds during the day so the sun heats your house/apartment naturally.
Pay attention to your thermostat
According to Toronto Hydro, “Set your thermostat between 18 °C and 20°C before bed and 16°C when you’re away. Every degree lower saves up to 3% on heating costs!”
Shorter days during winter mean your light are turned on longer periods. LED lights, which stands for “Light Emitting Diode”, are up to 80% more efficient than traditional lighting. LED’s are also made with epoxy lenses, not glass; therefore, they are more resistant to cracking.
Is it time to replace your furnace?
Older furnace models usually need more electricity and fuel to run. If your furnace is more than 10-15 years old you should check its functionality. You can get Toronto Hydro rebates when doing so.
Check your fireplace
Fireplaces let heat escape up the chimney. Make sure the chimney damper is closed when you are not using your chimney.
Insulation is a big part to decrease heat loss. Usually, gaps get filled with air and heat loss is reduced with insulation as air is a poor conductor of heat.
Heating water is expensive as you pay for both the water itself and the energy used to heat it. Take shorter showers, turn off the tap when brushing your teeth and set cold water cycles in your laundry. Water use reduction can save you money and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
ENERGY STAR® certified windows
These type of windows help you reduce condensation, save about 8% on electricity cost and improve comfort. Different types of windows are used based on the climate zone you are in. To get more detailed information about the performance criteria ratings by the National Fenestration Rating Council (NRFC) click on the link below:
Your house/apartment maintenance is crucial for a good performance. There are many options and reasons why you should consider energy efficiency. Besides financial savings, energy efficiency helps protect the environment and improve your mental and physical health. Whatever your motivation for energy conservation is, remember that investing in yourself and your home/apartment is the best investment you can make.
If your home/apartment need window caulking or any other type of waterproofing/weatherproofing contact us and we will be happy to give you a free quote and assessment.