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Custom Energy Efficiency: Homes

In our last post in this series, we looked at the massive energy consumption of data centers and how Smartcool can help reduce this by improving the efficiency of the essential air conditioning systems.

This week we are going in the opposite direction, to the relatively humble family home- a building that has a tiny carbon footprint compared to some of the energy intensive businesses we hear about the most. Surely a home must be one of the easiest places to achieve energy efficiency improvements!

Easy? Yes. Overwhelming, confusing and intimidating with a plethora of information available? Yes. End result? Homeowners often default to inertia.

Instead of bombarding you with more facts and figures, I will give you just 3 things to do that can have significant impacts on the energy efficiency of your home. Best of all, these steps are easy and rewarding (both financially and environmentally).

1.  Insulate, insulate, insulate!

insulationIf your home is drafty and poorly insulated you are spending considerable energy and money in a losing battle against the outdoors.

Temperate or cold climate homes need good insulation to keep all the heat produced by their boilers or heat pumps inside. In the UK, it is estimated that homes without insulated lofts lose about 25% of their heat through the roof! Your energy and money is flying out of the house like Peter Pan- only less whimsical and more expensive.

2.  Get your climate under control

We like the temperature to be just so, and are willing to spend considerable energy and money on making that happen either through heating or air conditioning our homes.

Heating can eat up in the range of 65% of energy used in a home in a temperate climate.  As mentioned above, if you have a poorly insulated home a lot of this heat is keeping your front yard warm instead of your living room. But there are significant gains to be made by attacking the inefficiency of your heating system once your insulation is sorted out.

Hine ECO3-TSTAT KitchenIf your home is heated by a heat pump, give Smartcool a call because we can save you about 20% with our ECO3 retrofit.  If your home is not heated by a heat pump, you should seriously consider replacing your inefficient furnace with one, as they are by far the most energy efficient heating appliance on the market.

On the flip side, air conditioning can take up about 25% of energy in a home. Again, Smartcool can save you a lot of energy and money with its ECO3 for home air conditioning systems (and for heat pumps that provide cooling!). Alternatively, you can replace an old inefficient air conditioner with a new, more energy efficient one (check the SEER rating when making your choice), or you can using ceiling fans and other ventilating tactics to lower your dependence on air conditioning. 

3.  Don’t be dim!

How many blondes does it take to screw in an energy efficient CFL bulb? Just one. Because it really is that easy! Changing your light bulbs is the fastest, simplest thing you can do to save energy in your home. Unless you count turning off the lights completely, which may put a damper on your hobby of drafting blonde jokes on Friday nights at home.

Lighting takes about 20% of the energy used in a home, and it is incredibly easy to cut this by about 60% just by changing the bulbs.

Have you already taken these 3 easy steps? Maybe it is time to take things to the next level!

  • Replace your single pane windows with double glazing to keep more heat in your home.
  • Upgrade any old energy hogging appliances. Many utilities offer incentives for new refrigerators and other major appliances.
  • Unplug appliances when they are not being used- another very easy measure that anyone can do!
  • Have a swimming pool? Smartcool can save you energy on pool heating.

Latest Press Releases

Smartcool Releases Third Quarter Results

Vancouver, BC.  November 27, 2012, Smartcool Systems Inc. (TSX-V: SSC) has filed its Financial Statements and Management Discussion and Analysis for the third quarter and first nine months of 2012. Smartcool has narrowed its focus to target primarily direct sales to major accounts in Europe, a...

Smartcool Launches ECO3 Energy Evolution

Vancouver, BC. September 10, 2012, Smartcool Systems Inc. (TSX-V: SSC) is pleased to present a new program promoting better energy efficiency for homes and businesses through Smartcool retrofits. Full details are available at the new ECO3 Energy Evolution site: www.smartcooleco3.com. Smartcool’s E...

Smartcool Delivers Data Center Energy Efficiency with ECO3

Vancouver, BC. August 21, 2012, Smartcool Systems Inc. (TSX-V: SSC) is pleased to announce the successful completion of an ECO3 air conditioning energy efficiency pilot project for Internet Solutions a division of the Dimension Data, NTT group. This 18-month pilot project achieved 14% energy saving...

Smartcool Comments on Fiscal 2011 and Discusses 2012

Vancouver, BC. May 9, 2012, Smartcool Systems Inc. (TSX-V: SSC) has reported its audited fourth quarter results for the three months and the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011. The year ending December 31, 2011 was a challenging year for Smartcool where expectations for revenue growth did not mate...

Hilton Hotel Malta Improves Energy Efficiency with Smartcool

Vancouver, BC.   February 2, 2012, Smartcool Systems Inc. (TSX-V: SSC) continues to see superb results from 2M Energy Solutions, the leading distributor of Smartcool’s products in Malta. Since the beginning of its Smartcool distribution agreement in February 2009, 2M Energy has continued t...

Smartcool Achieves Profitability and Major Growth in the Fourth Quarter of 2011

Vancouver, BC.   January 24, 2012, Smartcool Systems Inc. (TSX-V: SSC) is pleased to announce that the company has experienced the anticipated growth in its business and achieved profitability during the fourth quarter of 2011. In this quarter, Smartcool achieved the most revenue earned in...

Smartcool Announces Private Placement Offering

VANCOUVER, BC. January 17, 2012. Smartcool Systems Inc. (TSX-V: SSC) announces that further to its news releases dated November 15, 2011 and December 6, 2011, the company will not proceed with the closing of the final tranche of the private placement as initially announced on November 15, 2011. The ...

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