As utility and fuel costs increase, a modest investment in energy efficiency today may bring significant cost savings in the future.
Heating and cooling your home
The average Alberta household uses 120 gigajoules of natural gas annually, with approximately 83% used for the purpose of space heating (17% is used for water heating). Switching to a high-efficiency furnace can cut heating bills by 35 per cent.
Insulating your home
Consider installing insulation for your attic, basement and any cold spots. Adding insulation up to R50 in your attic and R20 on basement walls (if not developed) can save you up to $163 per year.
New doors and windows
It is estimated that leaky, inefficient windows can account for up to 25% of all heat escaping from a home. Double-glazed, low emissitivity windows are worth the investment for those planning on staying in their home for some time.
Using your vehicle
Idling a vehicle for more than 10 seconds uses more fuel than simply turning the vehicle off. Also, in winter, idling longer than 30 seconds is not required. Fuel-injected engines only need 30 seconds to circulate oil through the engine. Vehicle idling does not warm up any other part of the vehicle including transmission, tires, suspension, steering or wheel bearings as they are still exposed to the elements.
Other important actions you can take to reduce your long-term fuel costs include: using a more fuel efficient vehicle, regularly practicing proper maintenance on the vehicle, or simply driving less by using alternative forms of transportation.