When restructuring and restyling an old home, Canadians should consider more than just getting rid of vintage wallpaper and plastic-covered couches—items like outdated thermostats, inefficient windows and old insulation are costing Canadians thousands of dollars each year in their home energy bills and need to be replaced.
“Décor styles may come and go, but energy efficiency and cost-reduction is something that everyone can agree on,” says Denise Hayward, Show Manager for the Toronto Fall Home Show. “With the Granny’s Home feature presented by Enbridge Gas at the Toronto Fall Home Show, it’s easy to learn how shape your space to suit both your home style and energy needs.”
There are several upgrades that can help you save money, be eco-friendly and still live in organized style.
1. Create a cozy and warm built-in basement storage unit. About 20 per cent of a home’s total heat loss escapes through the basement. Add proper wall insulation behind a built-in entertainment unit with ample shelving to keep the space comfy.
2. Shed some light on your open-shelving pantry with a properly-sealed, sunny kitchen window. Lower your energy bill by sealing in your heat and air conditioning while creating a bright space to create family meals.
3. Curl up to savings with a high-efficiency gas fireplace. Nearly two thirds of Canadian home energy goes towards space heating—upgrade your fireplace to maximize heat and minimize cost.
4.Turn unused attic space into a cozy reading nook with stylish storage. Increased attic insulation can reduce heat loss by 75 to 80 per cent, creating a warm, inviting place to read.
5. Keep your home organized with a new climate control system. The latest in high-efficiency temperature systems can be pre-set and controlled remotely, helping reduce your heating bills when you’re away.
Efforts to improve your home’s energy efficiency can qualify you for up to $5,000 back through Enbridge Gas’s Home Energy Conservation Program. Visit Granny’s House at the Toronto Fall Home Show, September 28-30, Exhibition place or www.fallhomeshow.com to learn more.