Small Changes Around The House Could Save Ontarians At Least $770 On Energy Bills Direct Energy offers seven steps to help homeowners concerned about rising energy prices TORONTO, Oct. 22, 2013 /CNW/ - Small changes really can make a big difference according to data released by Direct Energy today. The company calculated that if homeowners performed seven tasks around the house, ranging from sealing leaks to replacing an old furnace this fall, it could save them as much as $770 on their energy bills annually. With consumer energy prices steadily on the rise, Direct Energy encourages Ontarians to cut down their energy waste and use the savings in other ways to stay warm and enjoy winter. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20121004/MM87276LOGO) "Now is the time for homeowners to take action on home energy efficiency and make those small changes around the house. Costs are increasing and winter is just around the corner," said Dave Walton, Director of Home Ideas for Direct Energy. "We visit thousands of homes each year in Ontario and we see so many simple fixes homeowners could do to reduce their energy bills." Using data from several sources including a 2011 joint study conducted by Direct Energy and the University of Toronto and HOT2000 software (Natural Resource Canada's recognized standard tool for use by trained and certified energy auditors), Direct Energy calculated the savings associated with seven energy efficiency tips. Savings are based on a typical Ontario home defined by the Canadian Real Estate Association, Statistics Canada and Natural Resources Canada as 1,860 square feet, 40 years old and two stories. Ontarians are urged to take these seven simple steps to savings this winter and put their money to better use. _____________________________________________________________________ |Direct Energy's efficiency|What you could |Use the savings for these | |tips |save* |activities instead: | |__________________________|_______________|__________________________| |Replace your furnace | |Enjoy the winter and hit | |filter every 3 months to |$53.00 |the slopes! With up to $53| |keep your furnace running | |in savings, you can buy a | |efficiently | |lift pass. | |__________________________|_______________|__________________________| |Seal leaks around doors, | |Canadians love their | |windows and exterior wall | |coffee! With the extra | |electrical outlets to keep|$56.20 |savings from sealing | |the warm air in | |leaks, Canadians can enjoy| | | |33 more cups this year. | |__________________________|_______________|__________________________| |Insulate your basement to | |Leave the cold | |improve the overall | |temperatures to the | |comfort of the basement | |athletes in Russia. | |and prevent warm air |$99.30 |Insulating your basement | |escaping along the joist | |could save you enough to | |cavities | |buy two Canadian Olympic | | | |sweatshirts. | |__________________________|_______________|__________________________| | | |Whether you're inside or | |Insulate your attic to cut| |outside, keep your family | |down on heating costs. You|$61.40 |warm this winter. By | |should have a minimum of | |insulating your attic you | |12 inches of insulation | |could save enough to buy | | | |six pairs of mittens. | |__________________________|_______________|__________________________| | | |By lowering your | |Lower the temperature | |thermostat just two | |setting on your thermostat|$150.00 |degrees, you could save | |by two degrees | |enough to buy yourself the| | | |cashmere scarf you've | | | |always wanted. | |__________________________|_______________|__________________________| | | |Join the snowbirds in | | | |Florida and escape the | |If your furnace is older | |winter cold altogether! | |or experiencing frequent |$299.70 |$299.70 in yearly savings | |breakdowns, upgrade to a | |from upgrading your | |high efficiency furnace | |furnace can be used | | | |towards a plane ticket to | | | |the sunny south. | |__________________________|_______________|__________________________| |Clean your ducts to remove| |After you clean your | |dust and debris and help | |ducts, you could save | |your furnace work more |$53.00 |enough to buy a handful of| |efficiently | |new books to cozy up on | | | |the couch with. | |__________________________|_______________|__________________________| ____________________________________________________________________ |*based on typical Ontario home as described above and current energy| |prices ($8.07 per MCF for natural gas and $6.90 per million BTUs for| |electricity) | |____________________________________________________________________| While not every homeowner can undertake all seven steps this fall, even just implementing three easy changes - sealing leaks, changing the furnace filter regularly and lowering the thermostat by two degrees – could add up to $259.20. In Ontario, with more than 2.7 million single-detached homes**, these changes could amount to nearly $700 million in energy savings across the province. "We hope to show Ontarians that they really can make a difference this year to their own pocket and to the environment," says Walton. "Start small with air filters and adjusting the temperature to see these savings and to keep your equipment running properly." Additional tips from Direct Energy: -- Add a humidifier: Adding a humidifier to your heating system lets you turn the thermostat down and be comfortable at lower temperatures. -- Let the sun in: Open curtains on your south-facing windows during the day to allow sunlight to naturally heat your home, and close them at night to reduce the chill you may feel from colder temperatures. Consider installing insulating window treatments to further reduce heat loss. -- Change the direction of air flow on your ceiling fan. For cold winter months the blades should operate in a clockwise direction helping to push the warm air from the ceiling down into the room. -- Have your furnace maintained in the fall to ensure it works efficiently and safely throughout the winter, especially if it's 6 years or older. About Direct Energy Direct Energy is North America's largest provider of heating & cooling, plumbing and electrical services and a leading energy and energy-related services provider with over six million residential and commercial customer relationships. Direct Energy provides customers with choice and support in managing their energy costs through a portfolio of innovative products and services. A subsidiary of Centrica plc (LSE: CNA), one of the world's leading integrated energy companies, Direct Energy operates in 46 U.S. states plus the District of Columbia and 10 provinces in Canada. To learn more about Direct Energy, please visit http://www.directenergy.com **source: http://www.statcan.gc.ca/tables-tableaux/sum-som/l01/cst01/famil55b-eng.htm SOURCE Direct Energy For further information on home energy efficiency tips or to book an interview with Dave Walton, please contact: Jeff Lanthier, Direct Energy, Jeff.Lanthier@directenergy.com, 905-943-6260; Kelly Ornelas or Becky Brescacin, High Road Communications for Direct Energy, Kelly.Ornelas@highroad.com or Becky.Brescacin@highroad.com, 416-644-2235 or 416-644-1398 http://www.directenergy.com http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20121004/MM87276LOGO To view this news release in HTML formatting, please use the following URL: http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/October2013/22/c6010.html CO: Direct Energy ST: Ontario NI: UTI OIL ECOSURV -0- Oct/22/2013 13:01 GMT
Small Changes Around The House Could Save Ontarians At Least $770 On Energy Bills
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