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CFL vs LED: The Energy Saving Light Bulb Debate is Over

One of your bulbs just broke or burned out. You want to get an energy saving light bulb but which type lasts the longest all while giving you the best quality light? And more importantly, which will put the most money back in your wallet? Choosing an energy efficient light bulb is a lot easier now because the old CFL vs LED debate is over.

LEDs are better than all other types of light bulbs because they:

  • Last the longest

  • Produce great quality light

  • Save you the most money

If these bulbs are the best then they must be pricey right?

Wrong.

For $2-$4 you can find a wide range of LEDs, so it’s much easier to upgrade your lighting.

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Save energy while keeping an ideal room temperature

We all like coming back to a comfortable home. The ideal room temperature, whether that's warm and cozy or cool and refreshing, depends on your preferences. Your thermostat controls half of your energy bill, costing more than your appliances, electronics and lighting combined. So shouldn’t it help you save energy? The thing is that 40-55% of people are setting their thermostat the wrong way which means they end up paying an arm and a leg on heating. Are you one of them?

Finding the compromise between comfort and lower energy bills is very important. No one likes coming home to a meat locker but is it possible to have an ideal room temperature, without throwing money out the window?

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Which TV to buy? An energy star certified TV

Buying a new TV is more complicated than it used to be. Which TV to buy? We all want to take advantage of better picture quality, we are all buying on a budget, and we are all trying to save on energy costs.

TV’s account for about 3% to 4% of home electrical usage in the average home says the Berkley Lab Report. To ensure you stay on the lower end of TV energy consumption, Energy Star rated Televisions are the way to go. “ENERGY STAR certified televisions are on average 25% more energy efficient than their conventional counterparts, “ says the EnergyStar.gov website.

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Weather stripping: Stop losing money by sealing windows and leaks

You may not have money for an entire energy-saving home remodel, and maybe you don’t even own your house. However, there is one simple thing you can do (with permission from your landlord). You can fix the air leaks in your house. Sealing up the cracks between your toasty interior and windy exterior can greatly reduce your homes energy usage through more efficient heating (and cooling.) Of course, lowering energy usage saves you money and lowers your carbon footprint.

What's in it for you and the planet

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Protect the environment: Keep those pipes piping hot

By insulating some of the pipes in your hot water heating system, you can save money and protect the environment through the same do-it-yourself household improvement.
If you are a conscious home-owner or just plain environmentally conscious the benefits of insulating your hot water heater pipes are many.
Best of all this do-it-yourself home projects doesn't take much time or money, and gladly doesn't require a deep rooted knowledge in plumbing.
Some questions you may be asking at this point are:

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Save the Earth + Save Money: This Cheap Upgrade Pays for Itself Fast

Many of us today are trying to be more eco friendly while living on a budget. Thankfully for us, saving money and helping to save the Earth often go hand in hand. What if I told you that for 1.5 hours of your time, you could reduce the money you lose on your utility bill and reduce your carbon footprint?

Don’t believe me that it can be that easy? Allow me to tell you about the water heater blanket.

What are the savings for a water heater blanket?

Initial Cost

$20-$40

How long to get your money back

1-2 yrs

Average Dollar Savings per Year

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Hand Wash Clothes Effortlessly - All While Saving the Earth

Trying to hand wash clothes used to be complicated but new products on the market make that super easy. Its gentler on your clothes and also a great way to reduce your carbon footprint by almost half a ton. You may be surprised to find out just how satisfying and empowering hand washing your laundry can be! We have come a long way from the old fashioned washboard and communal laundering. The convenience of today’s modern washers and dryers has changed our lives for the better, allowing more time for family and leisure activities.

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Benefits of Using Motion-Sensor Light Switches

When it comes to ways to reduce consumption and impact on the Earth, there are many changes that you can make to your own home that not only allow you to consume with more environmental consciousness, but have additional benefits for you. For example, finding ways to curb electricity use is not only good for the environment, but can actually save money and benefit you in other ways! What’s Your Impact suggests several ways you can reduce energy consumption: turning down devices or turning them off, proper insulation, and changing bulbs are all ways that you can be more energy-efficient in your own home.

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To build or to buy - Could green energy providers be a better option than home solar

It has never been difficult to see the green benefits of solar energy over billowing smokestacks, yet Canada remains behind in the adoption of solar power in the homes of its citizens, despite the fact that renewable power has arguably never been more accessible or necessary for the adoption of sustainable energy practices. Countries such as Germany and the UK currently produce over 7% and 9% of their net annual electricity by solar means (including both household and grid)1, with over 1 million households in the UK now fitted for solar capture and 9 million more predicted to join them by 20202.

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Energy: The Invisible Water Guzzler!

World Water Day is a global event hosted by the UN in order to spread awareness on water related issues. This year, the theme of World Water Day is “Water and Jobs”. Half of the world’s population works in a water-related industry, and most jobs depend on the accessibility to clean, safe water. The main message this year revolves around protecting Earth’s water resources and, in turn, protecting our own livelihoods. In conjunction with World Water Day on March 22st, Canada Water Week runs from March 21st to 27th, raising awareness and inspiring Canadians to take action with events across the country. With climate change putting even greater pressure on our water resources, it’s time to talk water!

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