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How to Prepare Your Home For Winter (Part Two)

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Believe it or not, electric companies have your best interest in mind. We are here to partner with you and help you lower your energy usage, thus saving you money on your utilities!

 

In part one, we addressed common ways to better weatherize your home and keep the cold weather out. In today’s post, we’ll go into more detail about weatherizing doors and windows.

 

Learn helpful energy saving tips and connect with us at Olympus Energy to discuss your gas and electric services.

 

Additional Winterization Tips!

 

Now that we’ve covered some basic home weatherization tips, let’s look a little more in-depth to notorious energy-sucking culprits: your windows and doors!

 

Winterizing Your Doors

 

Doors are great at keeping the majority of the cold weather out, but they are prone to cold-air leaks.

 

Invest in a draft guard.

 

A draft guard is a gadget that attaches at the bottom of your door, to, you guessed it, keep cold air drafts at bay. If it’s an area that you use frequently, a draft guard is a perfect investment, but you can always use a rolled up towel to block drafts in a pinch.

 

Try weatherstripping.

 

Weather stripping is more of a permanent solution compared to just a draft guard. Weather stripping is installed (you can find it at your local home improvement store) at the top and bottom (door threshold) of your door. This is a simple fix that keeps warm air in and cool air out!

 

Winterizing Your Windows

 

Windows are other home features that can potentially waste energy. Besides investing in new, energy-efficient windows, there are simple and affordable ways to winterize your windows.

 

You can check your windows for leaks simply by placing your hands in front of them; if you feel a cold draft, you probably have an air leak. It has been estimated that up to 33 percent of heat loss during the winter is a result of leaky windows and doors. 

 

Consider draft stoppers.

 

Draft stoppers serve the same functions for windows as draft guards do for doors — they protect your home from cold air. They are installed at the bottom of a window to block and prevent drafts.

 

Implement window film.

 

Window film is a plastic film that is placed in front of your window to create an additional barrier between you and the cold. The film can keep up to 70 percent of cold air from penetrating your home, saving your energy usage.

 

These films are easy to install and are essentially a giant roll of plastic wrap! You install the film to cover your entire window and let it cure in about a week.

 

Add window caulk.

 

Perhaps your window caulk is worn or new caulk needs to be placed. Banish cold air leaks on the non-moveable parts of the windows, typically on the frame itself or where the trim meets the wall.

 

What products are good for winterizing my windows and doors?

 

There are many products on the market, and with a little research, or talking with your local home improvement store or energy suppliers, you can find one perfect for your home. Follow these general guidelines to expertly install weatherstripping for your windows and doors.

 

Weatherstripping 101:

 

  • Apply weatherstripping to clean, dry surfaces.
  • Apply in temperatures above -7 degrees C.
  • Always measure the surface before making your final cut.
  • Spread the weatherstripping so it’s taut enough to compress when the door or window is closed.

 

Doors 101:

 

  • Choose a frequently used door or a door that you can feel leaks cold air.    
  • Lay weatherstripping the entire length of the door.
  • Apply the weatherstripping so it is snug enough at the edges.
  • Ensure the thickness — you want it to still be able to close and keep out the cool air.

 

There are many ways to better winterize your home from the cold, and the above cover the basics for your home, windows, and doors. Keep in mind that you don’t have to be the picture of energy efficiency (but you can), but by starting with small, practical things, you can save energy and money.

If you’re interested in the floating residential rates that work so well for our customers or are interested in more energy saving information, reach out to us today.  

 

Make it a New Year’s Resolution to Save Money and Energy (Part Two)

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When you partner with energy suppliers you can get the best rates on gas and electric and valuable tips to help you save money and energy on your utilities.

 

In part one, we shared some energy saving tips that are practical and digestible — you don’t have to make major changes to save energy, it begins with small steps!

 

At Olympus Energy in Alberta, we want to help you better manage your energy consumption. Join us in part two of this series (don’t miss part one here), and learn even more tips to guide you in your energy savings.

 

More Energy Saving Tips!

 

Energy Conservation Tip #7 – Wash only full loads.

 

Whether you’re doing a load of laundry or using the dishwasher, it is imperative to only run full loads. This way you’re avoiding to have to do multiple, smaller loads more frequently and using additional water and energy. 

 

Energy Conservation Tip #8 – Utilize your window blinds and curtains.

 

Window coverings are some of the best, most practical ways to save energy. It’s quite simple: close your blinds and curtains in your home in the summer to keep your home cool, and open them in the daytime to let the warm rays penetrate in the winter months.

 

Energy Conservation Tip #9 – Implement power strips.

 

Instead of using every, single outlet for your electronics, invest in a couple of power strips to better consolidate them — from here you can easily turn it off, to save energy when they are not in use.

 

Energy Conservation Tip #10 – Insulate your heating ducts.

 

This is a common energy hack that is overlooked, but when you think about it, it’s completely practical. Warm air is moving through these ducts, so why not use insulation to keep the heat in? Genius, right?! 20 to 30 percent of heat is lost in leaks and heat travel, so insulating your heating ducts will vastly improve your utility bill.

 

Energy Conservation Tip #11 – Implement low-flow shower heads.

 

Low-flow shower heads are great, and not at all what people expect. They’re not a dribble of water — they are very similar to traditional shower heads, and you may not even be able to tell the difference. Save more water and energy when you make the switch.

 

Energy Conservation Tip #12 – Switch out traditional light bulbs.  

 

If you are still using traditional light bulbs, you are wasting energy. LEDs and CFLs use 20 to 25 percent of the energy that traditional light bulbs do, and, they’ve come a long way. They are no longer stark, institutional-like, and harsh lights, they come in a variety of tones for more of a relaxed and warm feel. 

 

Another reason to ditch the traditional, incandescent light bulb, is 90 percent of their energy is emitted as heat, so that leaves only 10 percent as actual light.

 

Energy Conservation Tip #13 – Install a programmable thermostat

 

If your home doesn’t have a programmable thermostat, now is the time to install one! The more you can manage your home’s temperature, the better you can manage your energy. By decreasing the temperature by just 10 to 15 degrees, you can save up to 15 percent annually.

Energy Conservation Tip #14 – Don’t block radiators or heating vents.

 

Not covering your radiator or heating vents may seem like a no-brainer, but you’d be amazed at how they get blocked. Furniture covers vents and radiators, stifling the heat you need to heat your home. The room then cannot get up to temp, forcing your system to work harder and use more energy. Instead, keep these areas free and clear of furniture and clutter, so you can effectively and efficiently heat your home.  

 

Energy Conservation Tip #13 – Utilize your microwave.

 

People have mixed feelings about the microwave but for reheating food, it can save you a good deal of energy. Instead of using your oven to reheat leftovers, use less energy when you use your microwave.

 

Saving energy is in the little things, so be mindful of when and how long you run water or appliances. As you begin to make small changes, it will greatly lower your energy consumption and save you money on gas and electric.

 

To partner with us and learn even more energy saving tips, connect with us today!