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Energy saving tips for your home

While you might never be considered an eco-warrior, if you can do one or two things around your home that might save you money and reduce your own personal carbon footprint, that’s likely something you can do without any real issues.

Keep your furnace clean, lubricated and properly adjusted with annual maintenance. A furnace working at peak efficiency will use less energy and cost less to operate. Clean or replace the filter every other month – a dirty filter reduces the airflow and forces the furnace to run longer to heat your home.

And while on the subject of furnaces, consider lowering your thermostat by 4 – 5 degrees Celsius while sleeping – and when no one is home. Invest in a programmable thermostat. It will pay for itself over a couple of months. Save at least 2% on your heating bill for every 1 degree Celsius you turn down your thermostat.

Switch to cold water when doing laundry. 85 – 90% of the energy used to wash your clothes is used to heat the water. Combine cold water with a front loading washing machine; you help the environment, save energy, and save money.

Check around all doors and windows; add or replace weather-stripping. This provides a barrier between the fixed and movable sections of doors and windows. Avoid leaks and drafts – and save.

On sunny days, open south facing drapes and let the sun in, a natural source of heat. If you have large windows that don’t receive direct sun, keep the drapes closed.

This is just a start. Look around. You’ll see other areas where simple improvements can save money – and energy.

Mary Bateman is your trusted single resource for all kinds of housing options in Barrie and Simcoe County. A professional real estate agent with considerable expertise and knowledge of the residential market, she is ready to work for and with you. Call Mary Bateman today at RE/MAX Chay Realty Inc. at (705) 722-7100 or toll free (866) 606-2429. Get to know Mary at www.marybateman.com or on Facebook. A convenient call or a click away.