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By making your home more energy efficient, you can also save money on your utility costs.

3 Ways to Reduce your Home’s Carbon Footprint

Did you know that Canada is the largest consumer of energy per capita in the world? Wasting energy is hard on both the environment and your wallet. Here are some steps you can take to lower your energy bill and make your home more suitable to our cold Canadian climate.

1. ENERGY STAR® 

Does your home have ENERGY STAR-certified windows and doors? How about appliances? Aging windows and doors are susceptible to air leaks and drafts. This means your air conditioner or heater—depending on the season—has to work twice as hard to do its job. New energy-efficient windows and doors keep your home insulated. By trapping heat in during the winter and blocking out UV rays during the summer, your cooling and heating units won’t have to work as hard. This will make for a lower energy bill and a more comfortable home year round.

Also look for the ENERGY STAR label on your home appliances. Energy-efficient toilets and sinks, fridges and stoves, and washers and dryers can help reduce your water and electricity bills.

2. Do it yourself 

In addition to purchasing energy-efficient products, there are a number of affordable ways to make your home more cost and energy effective:

• Purchase a programmable thermostat to ensure your heating or air conditioning isn’t running while you aren’t at home.

• Insulate your home with caulking and weather stripping to reduce air escaping through leaks and cracks.

• Use compact fluorescent light bulbs to lower your electricity costs.

3. Take Initiative 

The simplest way to start making your home more energy efficient is to take matters in to your own hands. Turn off your lights when you leave a room. Don’t take excessively long showers or leave the tap running. Try running your thermostat a few degrees warmer in the summer and a few degrees cooler in the winter. You might not even notice the difference, but you will certainly see it on your utility bill.

To learn more about reducing your home’s carbon footprint with ENERGY STAR-approved windows and doors, visit http://en.jeld-wen.ca/energy/energy_efficiency/ 

Remember to look for the ENERGY STAR label on your windows, doors and home appliances.