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We should always be thinking of ways to make our homes more energy efficient, not only for the sake of the environment but also to save on our energy bills each month. More often I’m seeing builders offering energy-efficient packages and upgrades. I’m also seeing more homeowners choosing renovations to increase the performance or their homes. But if you aren’t buying a new home or planning a renovation, there are still things you can do to make your home more energy efficient. The changes don’t have to be significant; you can start small and move to bigger upgrades when you plan for larger renovations. 1. The average home loses about 30 per cent of its heat because of air leakage, and that means your furnace will be working overtime to compensate. 2. Related: 10 Things to Always Ask During a Home Inspection. 3. 4. It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of LEDs. 5. 6. 6 Smart Ways to Add Value to Your Home in Unexpected Places.
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By now we all know the best places to add value to a home: kitchens are number one, with bathrooms following closely behind. And then there’s curb appeal, arguably just as important for making a good first impression. But what about the rest of the house? Scott McGillivray's 10 Eco-Friendly Home Renovations That Can Save You Money. 20 easy ways to make your home more energy efficient.
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Bolt a 2-in. pot magnet (available at home centers and hardware stores) to a 4-in. x 2-in. PVC pipe reducer and position it near the sander, saw, router or lathe that's making a dust storm in your shop. A 2-in. shop vacuum hose 'press-fits' nicely in the 2-in. reducer end, and the pot magnet ferociously grips any metal surface. If the working surface near the dust source is wood, screw a blank steel electrical box cover to the surface to hold the dust chute on target.
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Use fans smartly Casper1774-Studio/Shutterstock “I’m a great fan of fans,” quips Hernandez, but using them smartly is the key to efficiency.
Setting up a ‘chain’ of free-standing fans to draw cool air in, and pump hot air directly out of the window, is very effective. And make full use of exhaust fans to siphon hot air from kitchens and bathrooms. Ceiling fans don’t actually lower the temperature, but provide a cooling breeze helping us to feel more comfortable. Attic fans are also a great secret weapon. Reduce internal heat sources Magnetic Mcc/Shutterstock It’s surprising how much heat is generated by appliances in the home. (39) 31 CLEVER HACKS FOR EVERYDAY SITUATIONS. 427 Genius Ways To Make Everything You Own Look More Expensive. Nifty - 10 DIY Projects To Help Reduce Everyday Stress.
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