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  • Layer Up: Instead of cranking up the heat, opt for layering clothing and using blankets to stay warm indoors. This allows you to keep your thermostat at a lower temperature without sacrificing comfort.
  • Optimize Heating System: Schedule regular maintenance for your heating system to ensure it operates efficiently. Consider upgrading to an energy-efficient furnace or heat pump to reduce energy consumption.
  • Sun Power: Open curtains during sunny winter days to let natural heat in. Close them at night to keep the warmth trapped inside.
  • Insulation Upgrade: Improve your home’s insulation to prevent heat loss. This investment pays off over time by reducing the need for constant heating.
  • Cook and Grill Outdoors: Cooking indoors can generate a lot of heat. Take advantage of the warmer weather by grilling outdoors or preparing cold meals to reduce indoor heat buildup.
  • Seal Air Leaks: Just as in winter, sealing gaps and leaks is crucial. Prevent warm air from entering your cool home by sealing windows, doors, and other potential openings.
  • Landscaping Matters: Plant trees and shrubs strategically around your home to provide natural shade. Proper landscaping can reduce the amount of direct sunlight hitting your house, thus cooling it down.

Year-Round Energy Efficiency

  1. LED Lighting: Replace incandescent bulbs with energy-efficient LED lights throughout your home. LEDs use less energy and produce less heat.

  2. Unplug Devices: Many electronics continue to consume energy even when turned off. Unplug chargers, power strips, and devices when they’re not in use.

  3. Regular Maintenance: Keep up with regular maintenance of your home’s systems, such as HVAC, water heater, and appliances, to ensure they run efficiently.

  4. Energy Audit: Consider conducting a professional energy audit of your home. This assessment can pinpoint specific areas where energy is being wasted and provide recommendations for improvement.

  5. Solar Solutions: Explore the possibility of installing solar panels on your property. Solar energy can significantly reduce your reliance on traditional energy sources.

*All information provided by the Brantford Regional Real Estate Association (BRREA) and ITSO for the highest sales volume and highest number of completed transactions since January 1, 2015. All Brantford MLS® House Listings come from the various systems operated by Real Estate Boards and Associations across Canada. The trademarks REALTOR®, REALTORS® and the REALTOR® logo are controlled by The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) and identify real estate professionals who are members of CREA. Used underlicense. The trademarks MLS®, Multiple Listing Service®, and the associated logos are owned by The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) and identify the quality of services provided by real estate professionals who are members of CREA. Used under license.



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