Simple Steps to Increase Your Home’s Energy Efficiency Published on March 16, 2015 Whether it’s the dead of winter or the middle of the summer, saving money never gets dull. One of the easiest ways to do so is through improving your home’s energy efficiency. Taking on energy efficiency doesn’t have to be pricey. There are plenty of ways for you to make a dent in your monthly energy bills while still continuing to be comfortable. Considering that heating and cooling your home can easily make up around 50% or more of your monthly energy bills, it shouldn’t take a lot of motivation to make an effort to lower those. So what can you do to help potentially decrease your energy costs? Routine home maintenance From switching out your air filter every one to three months or walking around your house with a tube of caulk to fill holes where air could be leaking out, you can make a change in what you’re coughing up to the energy company every month. Inspect the seals to all of your home’s windows and doors and make sure all that hot and cold air you’re footing the bill for isn’t leaking outside. Making changes as small as one degree can impact your energy efficiency and can help decrease your monthly bill too. Another simple but effective step is switching out light bulbs. LED bulbs may have a higher up-front cost, but when you consider that they last upwards of five years, and the savings and energy efficiency that come with that longevity , they are well worth the cost. Utilize new technology In the past few years programmable thermostats have gotten more and more popular. There’s a reason for that – convenience and energy efficiency. Not only do thermostats like the Lennox iComfort® WiFi and Nest Learning thermostats offer access to whole home comfort, they make it a cinch to achieve. More and more programmable thermostats are deciding to offer remote access and control via smartphones and the web, so even if you’re not at home and it slipped your mind to turn down the thermostat, you’re covered. Increasing your home’s energy efficiency doesn’t have to be boring, and with the evolution of home comfort technology, it can actually be fun and exciting. Whether it’s a simple swap of an air filter or a shiny new programmable thermostat, the team at Hammond Plumbing & Heating in Kitchener can help arm you with products and services that take your energy efficiency to a new level. If you have any questions about what else you can do to boost your energy efficiency or are curious about which programmable thermostat is correct for you, give the team at Hammond Plumbing & Heating a ring at 519-894-3222.