Some Energy-Efficient Upgrades For Your Home And Life

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NC) We could all stand to do a little more to fight climate change and help the environment.

From how we do laundry to what we consider when buying something new, there are big and small ways you can make a difference.

Here are just a few: Weatherproof your home. Did you know that the average home loses 30 percent of its heat from air leakage?

By taking the time to inspect and repair cracks and openings in your home’s walls, windows, and doorframes, you can stop heated (or cooled) air from escaping. This means your furnace or air conditioner won’t have to work as hard, resulting in lower utility bills and emissions.

Modernize your ride. For your next purchase, consider a hybrid – a smart, energy-efficient move for your wallet and the planet.

With no need to ever charge it – or worry about how far you can drive – a hybrid is a convenient, practical, and economical way to reduce your carbon footprint every day.

Much more fuel-efficient than a regular gas vehicle, a hybrid can save you about 30 percent on gas every month – and that means 30 percent fewer emissions. Plus, hybrid cars and SUVs from companies like Toyota are now more affordable than ever, with prices only a couple of thousand dollars more the gas versions.

Switch up your bad habits. Think about your daily and weekly behaviours, and what you can easily change to protect the environment.

For example, try air-drying your clothes and turning off your lights and TV when you’re not in the room. If you have a home office, avoid using a screensaver (use sleep mode instead) and turn off your printer and other devices when not in use.

Make eco-friendly purchases. Whether you’re shopping online or in-person, be mindful about your carbon footprint. Spending a bit extra on LED lightbulbs, energy-efficient appliances and a programmable thermostat can make a big difference over time, both to your wallet and the planet.

And don’t forget regular maintenance on your heating and cooling systems, to make sure they’re operating at peak efficiency.

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