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5 Interesting Facts To Know About Energy Efficiency

Updated: Aug 8, 2023

Energy efficiency is gradually increasing in importance to the modern homeowner. As many of us work hard towards generating a smaller carbon footprint, in an effort to combat climate change, there are many things we can do to our homes to make them more energy efficient. As a starting point, here are some interesting facts you may not know about energy efficiency.


1. The Basement Is A Big Part of Heat Loss


Basements can account for about 20% of your home’s total heat loss. This is typically a result of poor uninsulated surfaces and air leakage through windows and penetrations, more so if you currently have an unfinished basement with exposed cement walls. Proper insulation in your basement is key when finishing a basement or ensuring your basement is properly sealed.


2. Air Sealing Is Simple and Effective


Having a professional air-seal your home is one of the most cost-effective ways to improve the energy efficiency of your home. Replacing caulk and weatherstripping around windows and doors is relatively inexpensive and will make a world of difference in maintaining temperature regulation in your home, reducing drafts and heat loss.


3. Windows and Doors Are A Big Culprit of Heat Loss


Beyond the basement, windows and doors can account for about 25% of a home’s heat loss. Glass is not a strong insulating material and thus has a difficult time keeping the heat in your home - which is why windows are so drafty in the winter. Double/triple-paned windows are much better insulators, as well as opting for Energy Star-rated energy efficiency windows from a professional supplier.


4. Make the Switch to LED


LED light bulbs help save on energy costs with up to 90% overall less energy use, when compared to incandescent bulbs. They also last longer, are more durable, and offer better light quality. Thus, you get way more lighting at a fraction of the cost. Plus, LED bulbs only waste 5% of their energy to heat - the rest is all light.


5. The Path to Net Zero


Fun fact! Canada has passed an act that aims to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2050. That means, in just over 25 years, Canada wants to fully eliminate greenhouse gas (carbon) emissions or offset them 100%.


Conclusion


Embracing energy efficiency is a responsibility we must all take on for a greener future. Understanding these facts can help you see how even small changes can make a difference. Whether it’s performing air-sealing upgrades in your home, swapping out light fixtures with LED options, or even installing solar panels, every step you take is a step in the right direction. Let’s work together on the path to a more sustainable future. Book your professional energy audit today and see where you can make improvements in your home.

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