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ImageGarages are notorious for sucking in hot air during warm summer months and cold air in the bitter winter months.

If your garage is attached to your home, it can affect your home heating and cooling efficiency. It can also affect the air quality in your home.

  • With an attached garage, the main thing you want to do is keep the carbon monoxide from your autos, as well as the fumes from any stored materials, from entering your living space.
  • If you keep the fumes out, you help keep the heat and cold out as well.

Start by air sealing

The best place to start is by sealing any and all air leaks between the garage and your living space.

INTERIOR WALLS. Inspect any walls or doors that lead into your home from your garage. You want to use caulking and weatherstripping to seal all cracks, gaps, and spaces that you find. If there is a gap between the garage floor and the wall, be sure to fill that in. You can use the expanding foam type insulation if the gap is too large for caulking.

DOORS. It is extremely important to seal around any door that leads into your home.

EXTERIOR WALLS. Next, you want to seal any and all air leaks on the exterior walls. If the exterior walls have any windows, be sure to caulk and weatherstrip around those as well.

Insulation is next

The next step is to make sure the garage is well insulated.

If you have an older home, there is a good chance that the garage is not as well insulated as the rest of your home.

  • You want enough insulation in the attic above the garage to achieve a reflective value of at least R-30 (10 inches of insulation) or higher.
  • Determining whether your garage walls are insulated properly or not is tough to do by yourself, unless you can remove a piece of sheetrock fairly easily.

A home energy auditor with a “thermal imaging camera” can tell you in a heartbeat whether your walls are insulated. That’s an option you have to decide for yourself, depending on how much time you spend in your garage, and how energy efficient you want to make it.

If you determine the garage walls do need insulation, the easiest way to remedy the situation is by hiring a contractor that does blow-in insulation.

Other energy efficiency tips

Here are some other energy efficiency tips for garages:

  • Use compact fluorescent light bulbs to save on electricity.
  • Use concrete sealant to repair any and all cracks in the floor.
  • Make sure your garage door has a good bottom seal. If yours is worn out, replace it. They are available at most home improvement centers.
  • Consider investing in a garage door insulation kit. There are several to choose from, most range in price from $80 to $160.
  • On hot summer days, wait for the car to cool down before pulling in the garage.
  • On cold winter days, pull it right in.
  • If the hot sun is pouring through any windows, consider installing a solar screen.

Thanks to Green home guide

Please share your views & ideas about how you would like to green your garage in the comments section below.

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10 EASY HALLOWEEN PROJECTS THAT COST LESS THAN $5

Combine a few discount store items and stuff you’ve already got lying around the house to make devilishly inexpensive Halloween decorations.

Spooky Banner

Create an inexpensive banner using kraft paper and ribbon. Our letters were printed on card stock. Make the ruffled border with a sheet of decorative paper cut into strips, accordion-folded, then glued to the back of each letter. Punch a hole in the ruffles and thread a piece of ribbon or twine through for hanging.


Terrariums

No need for a green thumb. All you need are recycled food jars, twigs, black spray paint, a little cotton and a few toy spiders. Paint the jar lids and twigs black. Then fill the inside of the lids with dirt, twigs, spiders and cotton ghosts. Screw the jars onto the lids and place the terrariums on the windowsill Learn More

Coffee Filter Garland

This Halloween garland is made from basic white coffee filters. You just need an inexpensive needle, some ribbon or twine and a bit of time. We created chair garland, but you could make garland for a mantel, window or banister for Halloween or any occasion. Learn More

Countdown Calendar

Kids love to count down the days until Halloween. Use a bulletin board, mini paper bags and printable numbers to create this easy countdown calendar. Fill the bags with mini candy bars, gumballs or notes. Learn More

Picture Lanterns

This Halloween, line your front walkway with picture-frame lanterns. Print on vellum paper black-and-white drawings (with medical and Halloween themes)found on the Internet. Insert the prints in four dollar-store picture frames. Nail together the four frames in a square, then place a candle inside the frames. Learn More

Specimen Jars

Fill old glass jars with plastic rats, toy bugs and doll heads then add a little colored water. Fill out manila tags with the name of your specimen – shrunken heads, poisonous tarantulas, baby rats and the like – and wrap the jar with twine and the tag. Learn More

Welcome Trick-or-Treaters

Dress up your entry with a spider-web welcome sign. We removed the glass from a thrift-store picture frame, fastened small tacks onto the back of the frame then zigzagged ribbon and stretchy cotton across the tacks to create a web. Interlace some spiders and “Welcome” letters into the web for more fun! Learn More

“Dripping” Candles

Dribble glue from a hot-glue gun all over a piece of PVC pipe and a foam cup to make what looks like a long-burning candle. Insert a much-safer battery-operated tea light in the middle to make the candle glow. If the candles are placed under a black light, they will glow in the dark – perfect for any haunted house. Project To Try

Paper Lantern

To make your Halloween night or evening party really scary, embellish inexpensive paper lanterns with spiders, bugs and creepy-crawlies made from card stock. Learn More


Eight-Legged Cake

Cover a plain box cake with black icing to create a little critter and add cute spider eyes and eight polka-dot legs. This simple project is perfect for a children’s party or school gathering. Learn More

Thanks to DIY Network
Do you have any interesting Halloween ideas to share with us? Please feel free to share in the comments section below.
Happy Halloween!!! 🙂

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The Thanksgiving holiday is the perfect time to entertain with family and friends. The idea of gathering together at your home is a wonderful way to give thanks and appreciation to your loved ones. Even though the idea of planning, buying, cooking, serving and entertaining may seem a little daunting, there are always easy ways to simplify entertaining.

Want to be the perfect holiday host or guest? Read on for tips to help you entertain in style and actually enjoy the holiday too! and your dinner companions are sure to be thankful.

If you are the host…

1. Plan to provide a traditional Thanksgiving feast, then be creative with side dishes.

2. Whenever anyone offers to help or bring a dish, say, “Yes, thank you!”

3. Use hollowed bread loaves for charming serving containers for cheeses, dips, olives, chips and small sandwiches.

4. Once the table settings and centerpiece are in place, sit in each chair to make sure each guest will feel comfortable.

5. Include favorite kids’ foods, especially those they can eat neatly with their fingers.

6. Provide at least one low-calorie dish and a vegetarian option. Then serve a sinful dessert.

7. Completely clear the table of all dishes from previous courses before serving dessert.

8. Fill the sink with soapy water so cutlery and small dishes can soak clean as the guests are finishing.

9. Make it easy for guests who help you clean up to help you recycle. Place bins in the kitchen labeled “glass,” “cans” and “trash.”

10. Keep club soda nearby to clean spots or stains on the tablecloth or clothing.

If you are a guest…

1. Arrive no earlier than the time the host has announced and no later than half an hour after the time.

2. Plan to stay about an hour after dinner unless travel plans or sleepy children necessitate leaving earlier.

3. Bring a gift and write a note of thanks afterward.

4. Offer to help set up for dinner and to clean afterward.

5. Notify the host of any special dietary needs — if you are a vegetarian, diabetic or allergic to common foods. You can tell the host how to prepare a dish you can eat, or even better, offer to bring that dish yourself.

6. If you’re going to a potluck Thanksgiving, bring a serving dish with your contribution. Remember, the best potluck dishes are those that need minimal preparation in the host’s kitchen, can be served at room temperature and require only a fork to eat.

Happy Thanksgiving!! 🙂

If you have any other useful tips and ideas to share about Thanksgiving, Please share in the comments section below.

ImageThough winter might seem far off in the distance, pretty soon the first snows and icy mornings will be coming to Toronto soon. While a good energy efficient furnace is an effective way to stay warm this coming season, there are also a variety of tips and tricks you can use to keep energy costs relatively low. Here are a few things to keep in mind this winter.

Heavy curtains
Believe it or not, something as simple as installing a heavy pair of curtains or window dressings around your home can greatly reduce the amount of cold air that makes it inside. This is particularly effective if you have older windows that may be leaking some heat during the winter months.

Home appliances
While you don’t want to overdo it, running your home’s appliances when it’s particularly cold can provide a much-needed blast of warmth. Consider throwing a load of laundry into the drier, running the dishwasher, using the stove, Vacuuming the house or even switching on a desktop computer to help stay warm without running for the thermostat. (I have tried this personally and it works!!)

Fireplace
Of course, lighting a fire in your home’s fireplace is a great way to stay warm, but you can also help keep things toasty by keeping tabs on the chimney’s flue during the winter. After curling up beside the fire before bed, it’s easy to forget to close the flue, which can allow cold winter air directly into your home.

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Furnace Maintenance Tips

Furnace Maintenance

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Furnace maintenance is extremely important to the life of your furnace; proper cleaning and repair will ensure that your furnace works its best and lasts as long as you own your home. Here are some tips to help you keep your furnace in good running order so that you don’t have to replace before its time.

Furnace Care and Maintenance

Start by considering your furnace filters – do they need changing or replacing? Furnace filters catch all the dust, debris and hair that run through your ducts and help to purify the heat that comes out of your vents. When the filter gets clogged, your furnace stops running as well and exerts more energy than necessary. In extreme cases, the blower may be affected, triggering the need for costly repairs. Replace your disposable filters as the first part of heating maintenance.

Schedule a tune-up yearly by a licensed HVAC repair specialist to keep your furnace in good running order. It’s a good idea to schedule this in early fall, before you have to turn on your furnace, to give you time to schedule any furnace repairs that need to be done. A technician will check your flues, ducts and temperature settings, examine your heat exchanger for cracks or other damage, and double-check all safety mechanisms to ensure proper furnace efficiency. HVAC maintenance should take place regularly if you want to avoid emergency furnace repairs.

Some HVAC technicians will offer furnace maintenance packages. It may be a good idea to look into these if you don’t feel up to maintaining your furnace yourself. If you are a do-it-yourselfer, you can keep your furnace running efficiently by checking your owner’s manual regularly. Tasks you can do yourself include checking to see if the blower motor needs to be lubricated, replacing frayed belts, checking for visible cracks or blockages, and more.

Proper furnace maintenance allows you to keep your furnace running longer and put off any expensive repairs. Always make sure to check your furnace annually for any of the problems mentioned above and keep your equipment in good running order.

How to Practice Safe Furnace Cleaning

When you are cleaning your furnace, three things should be cleaned:

  • The filter system
  • The blower
  • The motor

Replace your furnace filter at the beginning of the heating season to keep your home cleaner and to keep dirt and debris from flying into your blower and ruining it. Check the filter by holding it up to the light. You’ll be able to see if it’s clogged just by looking at it. If it’s disposable, replace it. If it’s a permanent filter, follow the instructions on the side of your furnace to learn how to clean it.

Clean your blower by removing the panel that covers the filter to gain access to the blower or the panel on the front of the furnace. Slide out the fan unit to gain access to the blower and clean it out. If you are not comfortable doing this, hire a certified HVAC specialist to clean all three parts of your furnace for you. HVAC specialists have a complete range of experience with gas furnace cleaning, oil furnace cleaning, and electric furnace cleaning. It is a good idea to get your furnace serviced by a professional even if you are willing to clean it yourself.

You should also clean your furnace’s duct system. Furnace duct cleaning is a huge industry and it actually does improve the quality of the air in your home as well as the efficiency of your furnace. Benefits of duct cleaning include:

    • It can provide you with better indoor air quality (or IAQ)
    • It reduces the presence of house molds and allergens
    • It eliminates extraneous dust in your home
    • It provides better airflow in your home
    • It helps to reduce energy costs

Furnace cleaning is extremely important to the life of your furnace. Schedule your furnace cleaning before the heating season starts to put your furnace in sound running order.

Furnace Filters

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Since the average person breathes in over 35,000 pints of air a day, all of which is filled with billions of particles of dust, furnace filters clean the air significantly so that the air we breathe is better for us. Furnace filters remove allergens and dust from the air, purifying the air in our homes.

Furnace filters need to be changed several times a year to maintain their benefits. While they don’t necessarily lower your energy bill, the health benefits are numerous, and it has been proven that, over time, a well-maintained furnace with special attention paid to replacing the filter will prolong the life of your furnace and cut down on unnecessary repairs to the blower or mechanisms due to dust damage.

Types of Furnace Filters

Furnace filters come in different sizes, types and shapes to fit your individual furnace. Some types include:

  • HEPA furnace filters. These are filters that block allergens. While they work for people with extreme allergies, they can also block airflow, so ensure that your furnace can handle a HEPA filter before you use one.
  • 3M furnace filters. These disposable filters fit most furnaces and provide medium-level protection against allergens and dust.
  • Electrostatic furnace filters. These filters attract dirt and dust for a cleaner airflow, but don’t block allergens.
  • Washable furnace filters. Extremely durable, washable filters are probably the best option for both airflow and allergens, if the filter carries a high MERV rating.

Whatever filter you choose, make sure you do your research and choose the best one for your furnace. Don’t be afraid to ask questions to find the filter you need to protect yourself, your family and your furnace.

Hope all these tips helps you to keep your furnace in good condition ready for the season. If you have any please share in the comments section below.

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Choosing the Right Light

ENERGY STAR qualified CFLs and Colour

CFLs are available in a wide variety of shades of white light, ranging from yellowish to white to bluish white light, which allows you to customize the mood of your space. Many CFLs come in “warm” colours to match the yellowish light of incandescent bulbs, but you can also choose “cooler” colours with whiter or bluer light.

Choosing the Right Colour:

  • Light colour is measured on a temperature scale referred to as Kelvin (K).
  • Lower Kelvin numbers mean the light appears more yellow; higher Kelvin numbers mean the light is whiter or bluer.
  • Most ENERGY STAR qualified bulbs are made to match the colour of incandescent bulbs at 2700-3000K and work well in most residential settings and enhances warmer colours (red, yellow,  orange) found in your home.
  • For a whiter light, look for bulbs marked 3500-4100K.
  • For bluer white light, look for bulbs marked 5000-6500K.
  • These colours will enhance cooler colours (blue, green, violet) in your home.

CFL Sizes and Shapes

CFLs come in a variety of shapes and sizes. The majority of CFLs are designed to look identical to the incandescent light bulb version. The table below identifies the most popular CFL shapes that are available at retail:

Bare Products

Covered Products*

Reflector Products

Mini-Spiral or Twist

Tube or Universal

Incandescent/ A-line

Globe G25, G30, G40

Candelabra, Post or Bullet Shape

Indoor and Outdoor
R20, R30, R40, PAR38

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where to Use CFLs Around Your Home

The following chart provides guidance on how to choose the best CFL for a specific fixture. You can either look for the fixture you want to use a CFL in, or pick your favourite CFL and see where the best fixtures to use it in. In many cases, a certain CFL type can be used in multiple fixtures. For example, today’s bare spiral CFL is small enough to use in table lamps, wall sconces, ceiling-mounted fixtures, ceiling fans, etc.

*Covered bulbs have a traditional lamp shape with either a spiral or tube lamp inside

For more information see Natural Resources Canada

Shapes and Sizes

The ENERGY STAR CFL search can help you find a specific bulb to meet your needs or see if a particular model is qualified.

Remember:

  • Only bulbs marked “dimmable” will work on dimmer switches.
  • Only bulbs marked “three-way” will work on three-way sockets.
  • Most photocells, motion sensors, and electronic timers are not designed to work with CFLs. Check with the photocell or timer manufacturer and the CFL packaging for compatibility.

Shapes and Sizes

Spirals

If these spiral-shaped bulbs look familiar it’s because they’re the most popular type of CFL. Spiral CFLs create the same amount of light as traditional incandescent bulbs, but use less energy. ENERGY STAR qualified CFLs use up to 75% less electricity and lasts up to 10 times longer.

A-Shaped

A-shaped bulbs combine the efficiency of the spiral bulbs, with the look and feel of the traditional incandescent bulbs. These products are great for consumers who don’t like the look of the spiral bulbs but still want efficient lighting.

Globe

Globe-shaped bulbs are ideal for bathroom vanity bars and ceiling pendants. Like other covered CFLs, globes need a little time to “warm up” and reach full brightness. But be patient — ENERGY STAR qualified light bulbs use up to 75% less electricity and lasts up to 10 times longer. They generate just as much light as traditional bulbs, while using less energy.

Tubed

Some of the first ENERGY STAR qualified light bulbs were tube shaped. Basically straight versions of the spiral bulbs, tubed bulbs work well in lamps that have slender covers such as wall sconces.

Candle

These products are ideal for use in decorative fixtures where you can see the light bulb. The sleek shape also allows you to use them in tight fitting light fixtures where a covered globe won’t fit.

Posts

Covered post bulbs are great for outdoor fixtures; manufacturers design these bulbs to hold up to outdoor conditions. There are also yellow “bug light” covered posts, designed to keep away insects. Check compatibility with timers and photocells.

Indoor Reflectors

Reflector bulbs are perfect for providing directional light – think of recessed ceiling lights in kitchens or ceiling fans. Indoor reflector bulbs are much smaller then those that are designed for outdoor use. Some are small enough to fit in ceiling fan lights, and some can be used with a dimmer – the packaging will tell you.

Outdoor Reflectors

For use outside, reflector bulbs are sealed to withstand the rain and snow. Because of this, they’re usually much larger then the reflectors designed for use inside. Don’t use the outdoor reflectors with timers, photocells, and motion sensors because you could shorten the life of the bulbs.

How do CFLs Work?


CFLs produce light differently than incandescent bulbs. In an incandescent, electric current runs through a wirefilament and heats the filament until it starts to glow. In a CFL, an electric current is driven through a tube containing argon and a small amount of mercury vapor. This generates invisible ultraviolet light that excites a fluorescent coating (called phosphor) on the inside of the tube, which then emits visible light.

CFLs need a little more energy when they are first turned on, but once the electricity starts moving, use about 75 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs. A CFL’s ballast helps “kick start” the CFL and then regulates the current once the electricity starts flowing.

Older CFLs used large and heavy magnetic ballasts that caused a buzzing noise in some bulbs. Most CFLs today — and all ENERGY STAR qualified CFLs — use electronic ballasts, which do not buzz or hum.

Do the Twist.
Screw in your CFL by holding the ballast (the white plastic part), NOT the glass tubing.

Don’t Flip too Fast.
You’ll maximize the lifetime savings and effectiveness of your CFLs by keeping them on for 15 minutes or more at a time.

Choose 3 for 3.
Only use bulbs labeled as three-way on three-way sockets.

Don’t Dim a Non-Dimmable.
Only use bulbs labeled as dimmable on dimmer switches.

Check your Controls.
Most photocells and electric timers are not designed to work with CFLs. Always check with the manufacturer of the control for compatibility and the lamp packaging to make sure the lamp is suited for this application.

Give them Air.
CFLs are sensitive to extreme temperatures, so place your CFLs in open fixtures indoors. Using them in enclosed fixtures indoors can create a hot environment that reduces the lifetime of your bulbs. Note that covered reflectors are best used in recessed cans.

Protect them Outside.
Protect bulbs from the elements by placing them inside enclosed fixtures outdoors. For colder climates, look at the packaging for optimal operating temperatures.
Always follow manufactueres directions.

Amalgam

A mixture that puts mercury in a solid form.

Argon

An inert gas used in CFLs to regulate the environment inside the glass tubing so that the mercury vapor can absorb the electrical currents.

Base

End of the light bulb that inserts into the lamp socket.

Ballast

A collection of electronic parts that regulates the electric current through a fluorescent lamp.

Ballast housing

The casing that covers the ballast, usually made from plastic fire-retardant material.

Candelabra Base

A small screw base typically used in small or decorative fixtures such as nightlights and chandeliers.

Correlated Colour Temperature (CCT)

A description of the “colour” of a light source measured by the Kelvin (K) temperature scale.

Colour Rendering Index (CRI)

Ability of the CFL to show colours compared to an incandescent. The ENERGY STAR criteria require a CRI of at least 80 for qualified CFLs. Incandescent light bulbs have a CRI of 100; commercial linear fluorescent tubes typically have a CRI around 75.

Cover

A plastic or glass material placed over top of a bare CFL to mimic the style and shape of incandescent light bulbs. Covered CFLs may take longer to reach full brightness.

Efficacy

A description of the efficiency of a light source, as measured in light produced (lumens) per unit of power consumed (watts). ENERGY STAR efficacy requirements vary with the style of CFL (bare spiral, covered reflector, etc.) and wattage, but are generally 3-4 times higher than comparable incandescent light bulbs.

End-of-Life Protection

Circuitry used in the ballast of a CFL that stops the flow of electricity when a CFL fails, eliminating any potential safety hazard.

Filament

The wire inside an incandescent light bulb that produces light.

Fixture

A complete lighting unit consisting of a lamp or lamps and the parts designed to distribute the light, position and protect the lamp(s), and connect the lamp(s) to the power supply.

Heat/Light Output Ratio

CFLs use power more efficiently than incandescent lamps, and therefore require less energy to create the same amount of light. About 90 percent of the power used by an incandescent bulb is wasted as heat, while only about 10 percent is converted to light in the visible spectrum. By more efficiently using the power they consume, CFLs are able to provide the same amount of light, while producing much less heat. ENERGY STAR qualified light bulbs use up to 75% less electricity and lasts up to 10 times longer

Kelvin (K)

In lighting, the Kelvin scale is used to describe the colour of light.

Lamp

In the lighting industry, “lamp” is the term for a light source. Technically, incandescent light bulbs and CFLs are both considered “lamps,” and table and desk lamps are referred to as fixtures.

Lumen

Measure of light.

Mercury

Mercury is an essential element used to create light in a fluorescent bulb. Mercury can come as vapor or in a solid amalgam form. ENERGY STAR criteria limits the amount of mercury that can be used in qualified CFLs. Many manufacturers have reduced mercury content even further — some to as low as 1 mg per bulb. 

For more information see Natural Resources Canada  

Phosphor

A powder-like mixture of elements that convert UV rays into visible light. When the UV rays hit the phosphor, they fluoresce, or glow. The phosphor mix determines the colour of the light.

Photocell

A light-sensing device used to control fixtures and dimmers in response to detected light levels.

Rated life

A light bulb’s estimated lifetime measured in hours. For all light bulbs, lifetime is determined by operating a sample of bulbs according to industry test standards. The time that half of the test sample fails is considered rated life. By definition, some lamps will fail before their rated life and some will operate beyond their rated life. The ENERGY STAR CFL criteria require additional testing to show that the sample can withstand a number of short start cycles and monitors early failures throughout testing.

Special features

Most CFLs are designed to operate on an on/off switch. However, some CFLs have been designed with features to perform in specialized applications, such as on dimmers or three-way fixtures. This should be clearly marked on the box of any CFL designed for that application.

Ultraviolet (UV) light

Light waves on the electromagnetic spectrum that are similar to the light from the sun.

Visible light

The light waves on the electromagnetic spectrum that can be seen with the human eye.

Watts

Measure of power, or energy consumed per unit of time.

 

Decorative Lighting

  • Light emitting diodes (LED) lights use up to 90% less electricity and last 10 times longer than incandescent lights.
  • Use ENERGY STAR qualified seasonal light-emitting diodes (SLEDS) light strings.
  • Solar-powered seasonal (SLEDS) use improved solar technology and require only a little sunlight to recharge, even recharging on cloudy days.

Exterior Lighting

  • The outdoor porch lamp is one of the most used light fixtures in any home, making it the perfect place to install highly efficient ENERGY STAR qualified lighting products. Many compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) will fit easily into existing porch lights. Be sure to use bulbs approved for use outdoors.
  • ENERGY STAR qualified CFLs are bright and warm but use about 75% less electricity than incandescents and last up to 10 times longer.
  • Whether welcoming visitors, searching for your keys or ensuring safety, motion sensors are an electricity-saving option for lighting your way, because they only operate when they detect movement.
  • Consider photocell timers, which react to sunlight.

General Lighting Tips :

  • Replace your high-use incandescent light bulbs with ENERGY STAR qualified compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs). They use up to 75 % less electricity and last up to 10 times longer.
  • ENERGY STAR quality light fixtures use only 1/4 the electricity of standard fixtures and distribute light more efficiently and evenly.
  • Whenever you leave a room, get into the habit of turning off the lights.
  • Disposal of CFLs: CFLs contain small amounts of mercury. We encourage you to dispose of your used bulbs in an environmentally friendly way. Please contact your local municipality for proper disposal.
  • Motion sensors are ideal for rooms where you may forget to turn off the lights.
  • Use area or task lighting instead of full, overhead lights. For task lighting consider light emitting diodes (LEDs). They provide focused lighting, making them a great choice for tasks such as reading lights, desk lamps, night lights, spotlights, security lights, signage lighting etc. and are energy efficient and long-lasting.

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  • Maximize the amount of natural daylight.
  • For those lights that are on all night, use the lowest wattage bulbs possible.
  • Make a point of keeping your light fixtures clean for maximum light.
  • Install dimmer switches and use dimmable CFLs. Check the packaging for compatibility.
  • Install programmable timers or motion sensors on interior and exterior lights.
  • Remember the Canadian government has pledged to phase out inefficient incandescent bulbs by 2014.

Thanks to https://saveonenergy.ca for the information. 

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