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8 Energy and Money Saving Tips to Consider Before a Major Renovation

When undertaking a major renovation, there’s a lot to consider. Do you want a modern kitchen with stainless steel appliances? Or do you want all new windows in your heritage home? Maybe you’re considering changing out your water heater for a tankless heater? It’s tempting to start pinning design inspiration and to focus on what your final project will look like on the outside – but you can save a lot of money in the long run if you spend a little time and effort on what you can’t even see.

Whatever change you’re making, check out powersmart.ca to find available rebates and eligibility, such as a $750 bonus offer if you make three or more eligible upgrades which can help your renovation go easy on your wallet now and in the future.

  1. Insulation: Thinking about insulating your walls isn’t as sexy as thinking about paint colours for those walls, but it could save you big bucks. Insulating attics and existing walls will go a long way in savings and if you are putting up new walls, figure out the recommended R-value for your area.
  2. Appliances: Upgrade your kitchen appliances to stainless steel, Egg-shell white or midnight black and rest assured, as long as the label says ENERGY STAR®, the savings you get will help pay for the new TV you had your eye on. Check out powersmart.ca for current appliance rebates.
  3. Windows and doors: ENERGY STAR® windows and doors can save you up to 8% on your energy bill but will leave you feeling 100% comfortable in the summer and winter months.
  4. Lighting: No need to compromise on style in order to save on your electricity bill. Energy-efficient lighting has you covered with modern chrome and glass fixtures and LED bulbs designed to look like the 1910 Edison lightbulb. Always look for the ENERGY STAR® label.
  5. Draftproofing: No one likes a leaky faucet, so why do we put up with a leaky home? Figure out your home’s leakage rate with an EnerGuide home evaluation and you could receive up to $500 in rebates for draftproofing your home.
  6. Heat pump: Electric Baseboards are so 20th century. If you want to upgrade your electric heating system to that of the future, consider a heat pump for your year-round heating and cooling needs. Before you go futuristic, figure out which heat pump is right for you by speaking to a qualified installer.
  7. Heat recovery ventilator: If you are benefiting from the results of draftproofing and insulating your home, why not add a heat recovery ventilator to ensure adequate air circulation.
  8. On-demand water heater: Free up some square footage by getting an ENERGY STAR® on-demand water heater, which could save you $100 or more per year.