Saving money on home energy costs is becoming more of a challenge year after year, but luckily technological advances in the world of home appliances is making it easier for families to both reduce their carbon footprint, creating a greener tomorrow, and keep their utility bills down, keeping more green in their wallets. From on-demand water heaters to smart thermostats and advanced HVAC units, the future is looking bright.
Everyone knows that a regular thermostat lets you adjust your home’s temperature, but it is essentially little more than a tiny remote control panel for your heating and AC system. A smart thermostat, on the other hand, lets you make custom and remote changes.
The Nest Thermostat — powered by Google — learns your behaviours and can begin to anticipate and adapt, shows you your consumption patterns in real-time, and of course, lets you program your home’s temperature from afar — allowing you to set your desired temperature just as you return home from work or from holidays, for example.
Upgraded HVAC systems
Like all things, HVAC systems become obsolete. Repairing or replacing your furnace prepares your home for winter in key ways, as you can drastically cut down on your home heating costs by checking or replacing the filter and making any necessary upgrades before the truly frigid January and February temperatures hit.
HVAC systems have improved dramatically in terms of efficiency and cost in the past couple of years, and many provinces offer rebates and other incentives for upgrading to more energy efficient models.
While the upfront cost of upgrading to a more energy-efficient unit might seem daunting, the savings that accrue year-after-year make it worth it, both for your wallet and for the environment. Upgrading your heating and cooling systems could save you up to $325 a year. To find out if you are eligible and how much you could save, click here to peruse a furnace guide to help you understand the various rebates available when you upgrade.
If you need a new heating and cooling system but you aren’t sure whether renting or buying will work best for you, contact your local specialists to help you better understand both options and help you choose the one that suits your unique needs and budget.
Tankless Water Heaters
On-demand water heating from a tankless water heater comes with a number of considerable advantages over traditional heaters. Consider the following:
- Tankless water heaters eliminate standby losses as energy is no longer wasted when hot water cools down in the tank or as it passes through the pipe
- Tankless water heaters are much more compact in size, and take up far less space than conventional tank water heaters. This frees up more space in your home
- By providing hot water immediately when homeowners need it, they waste less water. On-demand heating means never leaving the tap, faucet or shower on until the water reaches the desired temperature
- They can provide virtually unlimited hot water as long as the units are operating within their capacity
- The expected life of tankless water heaters is 20 years which is double that of a traditional unit
If you’re looking to save money in the new year by keeping your home energy bills down and you want to contribute to a greener tomorrow, consider these upgrades to get with the times!