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How to keep your home efficiently warm this winter!

During winter you’ll want to make sure that your home is energy efficient, as well as find a way to cut your energy costs as best as you can.

Leaking windows, poorly insulated water heaters and clogged air filters are all a potential killer for your energy costs, and with Christmas coming up you don’t want to have all your money tied up in keeping the house warm!

When you have the heating on at home make sure that you don’t let heat leak outside, you don’t want your money to be wasted nor do you want to increase your carbon footprint for no reason.

Check for window frames, door frames, outside vents to your dryer, baseboards, and spaces around window air conditioning units – this way you can be sure that you are properly insulated.

Insulation is essential for keeping out cold air, so that your home has natural warmth inside.

It’s also handy to check your air filters, to make sure they are fully clear and heating your home easily. Insulating your water heater could be another savvy way to cut your energy costs.

Water heating is usually around 14% to 25% of your heating costs, and by wrapping your water heater you could lower costs, as it will keep more heat within the appliance. This means that you’ll only pay for exactly what you should be paying for when your water bill comes through.

October 30, 2012 at 10:32 am | Water heater |
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Water heaters and the carbon footprint

Water heaters could make up more of your individual carbon footprint than you first thought.

If you’re a driver, your motor vehicle may seem at the top of the list of your daily energy consumption, but we reckon hot water usage in the home gives your car a run for its money!

Traditional water heaters have more of an impact on energy usage than most think. Water heaters (gas, electric and tankless) produce a lot of Co2, which tends to be more than your average automobile.

They also use nearly 6,400 kilowatt hours of electricity per year and produce eight ton of carbon dioxide annually, which is double the amount of a standard automobile every year.

However, the only obvious solution is installing a solar water heater. If you can’t get your hands on one of those, maybe cold showers in the summer are the answer to this one!

Oops! Do hot water heaters use too much energy?


October 10, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Water heater |
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