Energy Conservation – Simple Tips That Will Reduce Your Energy Bills

There are many good reasons to conserve energy. If we use less gas, oil and electricity we will save money, and the pollution associated with extracting and using fossil fuels will decrease. Reducing greenhouse gas production may help to reverse global warming. In a nutshell – conservation of energy has both personal and societal benefits.

Most people are concerned with making their money last longer and energy conservation can help by reducing our energy costs. Homeowners can do many things to cut down on their energy needs. Perhaps the best thing they can do to is to install better insulation to retain warm and cool air.

Heating and air conditioning are the biggest energy consumers of the average household. Much of the heat and cool air escapes because of poorly insulated roofs, walls, doors, and windows. In fact in a lot of cases heating and cooling is responsible for around 50% of your energy costs. Improving insulation will result in greater conservation of energy and lesser energy costs. Small changes in this area can result in dramatic reduction in your monthly payment to your utility company.

Old cooling and heating appliances should be replaced with newer models which are more energy efficient. Other large appliances like refrigerators can also be replaced with newer models that are designed to conserve energy. Always make sure you read the energy label, if you do, you will often find that a cheap product in fact can be expensive in its everyday use because of its energy consumption.

Traditional light bulbs are inefficient because much of the energy they consume is converted to heat. Replacing all your incandescent bulbs with compact florescent bulbs will provide the same level at light with less energy consumption. Even though the cost of these bulbs is greater than traditional bulbs, they last up to 20 times longer, resulting in significant overall savings.

Using alternative energy sources such as solar panels or wind turbines can greatly reduce the amount of energy needed from traditional sources. The electricity produced by these devices can be fed back into the local power grid if it is not immediately used by the household. This reduces the power bill even further (the power meter runs backwards) while supplying clean power to your community.

Conservation of energy is something that everyone can contribute to. By being careful in how we use our resources we are building a society for our children and grandchildren.

Energy-Efficient Windows: It’s About Home Comfort

If any of the windows in your home are leaking air and you are thinking about replacing them, a little bit of planning will cut your energy bill and guarantee you a more comfortable, draft-free home for years to come.

When buying new windows, it’s worthwhile to select the best high-performance models available. They’ll pay you back in increased comfort, better draft and moisture control, improved health and lower heating and cooling costs. The difference is because of the use of insulated spacers, low-E film on the glass and an inert gas, such as argon or krypton, to fill the space between the two panes of glass. Because the inert gas stops heat transfer between the two panes, the inside pane stays much warmer and comfortable to the touch. High-efficiency windows will increase the resale value of your home by making it more comfortable, and they also help block outside noise.

Windows should be installed properly by a qualified contractor. That’s why Lifestyle Home Products trains and certifies our own team in the proper manufacture and installation of every custom window we build.

To find out just how efficient our Canadian climate windows are, talk to one of our product specialists today. Getting your windows up to the highest standard now, before the weather gets colder, can save you a lot of money on your energy costs over the winter while greatly enhancing the indoor comfort of your home year-round. Call 1-800-465-0593 for more information, and book your free consultation today!

Mould in Your Home

The dangers of mould in your house – and how to avoid it

By Mike Carroll, District Manager – Lifestyle Home Products York Region

We spend most of our personal time at home, and most of our personal income to pay for our home – the last thing we should need to worry about is our personal wellbeing in our home.

Mould, which is a fungus, grows in damp areas found throughout the home on certain materials such as drywall, wood, and fabric. Areas most susceptible to mould are wood windowsills, bathroom and kitchen walls and carpets. Mould is often black or white – but also comes in other colours. Mould releases “spores” into the air that people breathe in posing negative health risks.

Extreme cases of mould have been blamed for life threatening conditions, but even the more common irritations such as coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, allergic reactions and other similar asthma symptoms are avoidable with homeowner precautions.

To prevent mould check your windows, roofs, bathrooms, and foundation for leaks, and repair any cracks found. Avoid moisture build-ups where possible by removing carpet in bathrooms, storing firewood outside, wiping wood windows down regularly, as well as keeping your home ventilated with exhaust fans or open windows during nicer weather. For more information on risks and preventing mould in your home visit Health Canada’s website at www.hc-sc.gc.ca.

If you are considering any home renovations, speak with your representative at Lifestyle Home Products to learn how many of our products, particularly our EnviroGreen vinyl windows can make a considerable impact on improving the health and safety of your home and preventing any mould. Call us today at 1.800.465.0593 to book a free, no obligation, in-home consultation to discuss your many options and find the best project for your home. Book before June 30, and you could even WIN $2,500 towards your new home improvement project!

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Home Renovations and Resale Value!

Getting the best return on your real estate investment

By Mike Carroll
Regional Sales Manager

If you are thinking about doing some renovations around your house, even if you are not planning on selling this year, you may want to consider how they will affect the resale value of your home. Understanding the resale value will help you prioritize which project you start with as well as determine the net cost of the renovation. If you need to pay $10,000 for a project but have an expected 70% return on investment it really only costs $3,000 – not to mention any savings you may occur through energy bills or government reimbursements.

You can ask almost any real estate agent and they will tell you the importance of the first impression of your home. The term ‘curb appeal’ is used all of the time across the industry. The first impression is usually done in the first 60 seconds a potential buyer looks at the house – and lasts forever, and that first 60 seconds is usually spent outside. Rotting windows, faded doors, and failing gardens are all things that may deter a buyer from choosing your home without them even realizing it.

Numerous studies will agree that top renovations as far as resale value goes are; Entry Doors, Vinyl Siding, Vinyl Windows, and Garage Doors followed by bathroom, kitchen and basement remodeling. One may have expected kitchen and bathrooms to be at the very top, but first impressions, as well as personal preference and countless home improvement tv shows are leaving home buyers to tackle these renovations afterwards.

Over the years the top renovations for return on investments have been, for the most part, fairly consistent, with an expected increase of an additional 10% on the resale value for replacement vinyl windows and front doors for various reasons; the unpredictable and extreme weather we have been seeing, the rising energy costs and a growing interest in social and environmental responsibility that has lead buyers to demand greener homes.

If you are thinking about a home renovation project, call Lifestyle Home Products now at 1.800.465.0593 to book a free, no obligation, in-home consultation to discuss your many options and find the best project for your home. Book before June 30, and you could even WIN $2,500 towards your new home improvement project!

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New Patio Door, Holland Landing, Ontario

Lifestyle Home Products is more than just entry doors. We also specialize in patio doors. In fact, our Ontario patio doors are custom built for your home, and made to withstand the harsh Canadian climate exactly the same way as our high-efficiency windows.

Safe, secure, warm, and functional, our custom patio doors will last for years, working just as well as the day they’re installed. Check out this custom installation in Holland Landing to see for yourself:

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To find out more about Lifestyle’s custom patio door solutions, CONTACT US to speak with an expert, or CLICK HERE to download our free door systems and patio doors information kit. We’ll be glad to answer your questions and help you get the best doors in Canada at a fantastic price, all backed with our iron-clad warranty!

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