Remember your grade 10 science class when your teacher described the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics? No? We all know what that law means, even if we don’t know remember the definition. Simply it’s that heat flows from hot to cold. In the winter it takes a lot of energy to keep our homes and businesses warm and well lit. Avoiding heat loss in your home and office is an ongoing challenge.
Lighting – Traditional light bulbs lose up to 25% of the energy due to heat loss. Consider switching to LED bulbs. While they may cost more than traditional incandescent bulbs or even halogen kinds, you can save up to 90% in energy usage. To top it off LED lights last longer, don’t have mercury, and are more environmentally friendly. For businesses, consider how much lighting you need when your operation is closed.
Fireplace – Cold air settles and warm air rises. Keep your damper closed when there’s no fire will minimize cold air coming into your home and stop warm air leaving.
Heating Water – There are many different settings on your water heater. Newer models even have energy efficient settings that help you save costs on heating the water.
Heating – Is your furnace or boiler old? Perhaps it’s time to consider a new, high efficiency furnace or boiler. They may cost more up front but the savings over time can be considerable.
Thermostat – If you don’t have a programmable thermostat you might wish to consider it. Why? You can program the thermostat to different temperatures for when you’re away during the day, at home, or sleeping. This can also help businesses save money by lowering the temperature when the building is closed.
Brainstorm – Encourage employees to give ideas on how to save on energy costs. This provides buy in and helps to create an energy efficient culture in your company.
Maintenance and Landscaping - Consider window and door treatments (i.e. weather stripping) and landscaping (planting trees or hedges to act as wind break). This could help both homes and businesses reduce energy costs.
There are many other areas where we can be more efficient with our energy. We want to hear your ideas! Please share below.
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