Shell Demonstrates Just How Easy it is To Save Energy
November 7, 2007
Upgrading your furnace to a high efficiency ENERGY STAR qualified model with a high efficiency variable speed motor is the greatest improvement you can make to lower your heating costs and save energy. You could save over 30% annually on your heating costs compared to an old standard efficiency furnace. When investing in a new furnace, it's also important to take steps to ensure your home is properly draft sealed and insulated to get the benifit as well.
For some tips on how to save energy in your home, check out the how-to videos featuring Shell Busey demonstrating just how easy it is to:
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- Change a furnace filter
- Apply shrink film to windows
- Install a Water Wizard™
- Install weather-stripping
- Apply caulking to windows & doors
- Install a low-flow showerhead
Homeowners could receive rebates as high as $5,000 under a federal plan to make homes and businesses more energy efficient. It is expected that the average grant for a single property will be more than $1,000 depending on the individual upgrades performed. The average grant is expected to yield reductions in energy use and costs of approximately 30% and greenhouse gas emission reductions of approximately 4 tonnes per house. By implementing the energy retrofit recommendations, a typical homeowner could save $600 a year on a $2,000 annual heating bill. Under this new plan, home assessment checklists will be required by Certified Energy Advisors who will provide a list of upgrades and the grant amount for each as well as the relative impact of the upgrade on the home’s energy efficiency. You can order an energy audit through ecoEnergy, which will pinpoint exactly where the problems in your home are. For more details on this program please feel free to contact the HouseSmart Referral Office at 604-542-2236 or outside the Lower Mainland 1-888-266-8806 or visit Natural Resources Canada website.
Also check with your local utility provider for other rebates or grants available in your area. In some provinces, ENERGY STAR qualified furnaces and boilers are exempt from PST.