DIY energy savings tips 

Hello everyone

With winter approaching quickly, here are some easy DIY winter energy saving tips.

1  Replace Worn Weatherstripping

Worn and torn weatherstripping around doors and windows creates drafts and lets in cold air. Seven to 12 percent of a home’s heat loss occurs around windows and doors, and these leaks often prompt homeowners to turn up their furnace to keep comfy. Even if they don’t turn it up, they’re losing warm air, causing the furnace to work harder.

2  Eliminate Drafts Around Electrical Boxes

Electrical boxes in your exterior walls are notoriously drafty because insulation isn’t always placed behind and around them correctly.To stop the leaks, remove the cover plates and fill small gaps around the boxes with acrylic latex caulk. For large gaps, use foam sealant. Then place a foam gasket over the outlet or switch and replace the cover plate. The gaskets cost about $1.10 for a two-pack.

3  Buy a Portable Heater (and Turn Down the Furnace)

Put a space heater in the place where your family gathers, like the living room, and turn down the furnace temperature. The rest of the house will be cooler but you’ll be warm, and you can save 3 percent on your heating costs for every degree below 70 F that you turn down the furnace. You’ll see those savings all winter long.

4  Cover Windows and Patio Doors with Plastic Film

Windows account for 25 percent of heat loss in homes. Covering the windows and sliding patio doors with clear plastic film can reduce that loss. Just by using that plastic, you’re going to save about 14 percent on your heating bill. The transparent film is inexpensive; you can find it for about $6 for 62 x 84 inches at home centers. The film is simple to put on and won’t harm your trim, and if you put it on correctly you’ll barely notice it. In the spring, the film comes off easily.

5  Lock Door and Windows

Notice how when you lock your windows, you can often feel them pushing together more tightly? It make a difference for your heating bill. Even when doors and windows are closed, they might not be pressed tight against the weatherstripping if they’re not locked, which allows cold outside air to infiltrate the home. Lock your windows early, If they freeze in their current positions, then they won’t move and you won’t be able to lock them without a lot of work.

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Energy saving tips 

Hello everyone,

If your noticing your bills are climbing, here are some amazing energy savings tips that you can try in your every day life.

1. Turn off un necessary lights

Two 100-watt incandescent bulbs switched off for an average of two hours per day could save you $12 over a year.

2. Use natural light

A single south-facing window can illuminate 20 to 100 times its area. Turning off one 60-watt bulb for four hours a day is a $9 saving over a year.

3. Use task lighting

Turn off ceiling lights and use table lamps, track lighting and under-counter lights in work and hobby areas as well as in kitchens. This can save $6

4. Take shorter showers

Hot water is expensive. If two people in your home cut their shower time by a minute each, you could save $30 over a year.

5. Fix that leaky faucet

Fixing a hot water leak in your faucet can save up to $33 per year in energy costs. Learn how to fix that leak.

6. Adjust your hot water heater

Turning down your water heater thermostat (no lower than 55ºC and no higher than 60ºC) can pay off in savings of up to 5% for every 6ºC. Savings of  $21

7. Unplug unused electronics

Standby power can account for 10% of an average household’s annual electricity use. Unplug unused electronics and save $50 a year.

8. Manage your thermostat

If you have electric heat, lower your thermostat by two degrees to save 5% on your heating bill. Lowering it five degrees could save 10%.  Savings of up to $72

9. Be strategic with window coverings

Promote airflow through your home and block the afternoon sun. You could save you up to $10 (2 fans) or $45 (1 window unit AC) during the summer.

10. Run full loads

Cut one load of wash per week, even if you’re already using cold water only, and you could save $30 a year on your laundry costs.

11. Wash laundry in cold water

By switching from hot to cold water for an average of three loads per week, you could save up to $27 per year on your energy bill.

12. Hang dry your laundry

If you do eight loads of laundry a week and use your clothesline for 50% of those clothes, you could save $47 a year.

13. Toss a towel in the dryer

A dry towel added to your dryer load can significantly reduce drying times. If you’re doing seven loads a week this could save you $27 a year.

Feature company Core chiropractic 

Hello everyone 

Today we are featuring Dr Randy Vollrath with core chiropractic 

1. How long have you been working as a chiropractor? 

I am in my 18th year of practice

2. What makes you different? 

I practice a specialty technique called Activator Methods Technique that in my opinion is the most gentle and specific chiropractic technique. 

3. what other services are offered at your clinic? 
I also practice acupuncture, we can provide custom foot orthotics and we now perform live blood cell analysis in our clinic. 

4. Do you direct bill?
 We direct bill many insurance companies including Alberta Blue Cross, Great West Life, Manulife, Greenshield, Sun Life, Chamber of Commerce, Desjardins,  Industrial Alliance, Medavie Blue Cross. 

5. How can we get ahold of you? 

We are located at 30 Green Grove Dr. St. Albert, next to Bubbles Carwash. Our phone number is

780-458-1012

Light timers 

Hello everyone

If you are forgetful or tend to leave your lights on all day when your at work, you may want to look into light timers to save you some money on energy bills.

They are useful for many different things. You can use them to turn off the lights at specific times; you can also use them to turn on lights at specific times. If you travel a lot ,this is a great idea for safety

They can also be used for bathroom fans, If you tend to shower before work and run out the door, you can keep a timer on the fan to shut it off after a few minutes.

You can buy these timers at any major home improvement store or you can contact a local electrician. I highly recommend Joe Chalk with Chalk Electric