So you finally made the decision to get rid of your old kitchen relic and invest in a new refrigerator. Just by plugging in your new appliance you are already saving money. According to Natural Resources Canada (NRCAN), if you replaced your old fridge from 1990 with a new ENERGY STAR® qualified model, you would save more than 666 kWh of energy, saving up to $67 a year. With an average estimated life of 18 years, that means a total savings of $1,206. That’s a lot of extra money to put towards a nice vacation! Continue reading
Why add dimmers to your new home?
Adding dimmer switches to regular incancescent and halogen fixtures can be an inexpensive way to add ambience to your home and decrease your energy consumption. Lighting accounts for about 15% of power consumed in the average Canadian Home. Many of our clients choose pot lights inside and outside their homes. For these I often recommend dimmers, as often times, the full intensity of the bulb is not required. We even install them on exterior pot lights as the client often finds a subltle wash of light in the evening enough to light sidewalks and rear porch areas. Dining rooms are also a trerrific area to be able to dim the light and get that ‘candle-lit’ effect.
Can I use them on energy saving bulbs?
Although dimmers typically cannot be mated with fixtures that utilize CFL (compact flourescent lights) or LED (light emmitting diode) bulbs, there are some bulbs now entering the market of this type that can be dimmed. Make sure to check the packaging to ensure they are dimmable.
The amount of energy saved with dimmer switches varies greatly, depending on how much you dim the lights, how long they are dimmed and which type of bulbs you choose. Energy savings using compact fluorescent light bulbs mirrors the level of reduction, meaning that lowering the lights by 25 percent results in a 25-percent energy savings during the time the dimmer is used. Upgrading to high-efficiency light fixtures with efficient light bulbs results in more energy savings than installing dimmer switches to operate ordinary fixtures.
Replacing old standard switches
If you choose to upgrade as switch to a dimmable switch, it is advisable to contract a reputable electrician, not only to ensure proper installation, but to maintain the integrity of your home and reduce the chance of injury due to improper installation. If you are confident that you can make the upgrade yourself, please remember to locate the circuit breaker that cuts off the power to the fixture and turn it off.
The world’s first LED replacement for a 60-watt incandescent bulb is now also the first to earn ENERGY STAR certification.
Philips Lighting has annouced that their EnduraLED 12.5 Watt A19 has met or exceeded Energy Star’s light quality and energy efficiency requirements for an LED equivalent to the 60W incandescent, which has the added benefit of making this bulb more readily eligible for utility rebate programs. The EnduraLED portfolio offers the broadest range of LED retrofit lamps on the market, including MR16s, A-lamps, candles and PAR lamps, in an assortment of colour temperatures and beam spreads. Philips’ investment and expertise in LED technology promises a product with guaranteed lifetime performance, and the best in light quality, at truly remarkable saving. With an instant-on, soft white light that is mercury and lead-free, providing up to 80% in energy savings, and lasting 25 times longer than the bulbs they replace, Philips award-winning EnduraLED lamps are a simple choice for all your business or home needs.
Why they are green: 1. lead free 2. low operating cost 3.long life span
Why Murray likes them; They operate at a low temperature, therefore a safer alternative for a reading lamp that was in the reach of his children-no worries of their little hands getting burned.
Why Tracy likes them; Finally a dimmable-energy efficient bulb.
Not all Programmable thermostats are created equally. If you are considering upgrading your thermostat, there are many brands and models available to the consumer these days. Gold Seal has tested many different models and manufacturers and we have found that the Honeywell
company offers the best series of ‘stats to suit varying budgets and needs. Some of the features we suggest you look for:
- Energy Star rated
- CSA or CMHC approved
- 5/2 or 7 day programming
- Humidifier interface -humidistat
- Furnace filter change reminder (keep your heating/cooling system operating at peak performance)
- Low battery indicator
Other things to consider that are more convenient than a necessity are: back-lit displays (great for night-time), daylight saving time clock feature, touchscreen displays (these are kind of cool looking) and of course look for a warranty.
Make sure that the unit you purchase is compatible with your type of heating system, and if you have an air conditioner, look for a unit that will control that as well.