Watts, kelvins and lumens, oh my!

We’re used to looking at watts to determine a bulb’s brightness, but LEDs have changed the game. Since they use less energy they use fewer watts, so it’s better to look at lumens and kelvins to determine your LED bulb purchase.

Lumens are a measure of a bulb’s brightness, the higher the lumen the brighter the bulb. Kelvins measure colour temperature which can range from warmer, yellow-toned to cooler, soft white.

Learn more in our lighting guide.

‘Brrr.’ isn’t something you should be saying indoors 

 

Use weather stripping on windows and doors in your home to help seal cracks that let cold drafts in; because an airtight home benefits not only your energy costs but your comfort as well. 

Plants –
the all-natural humidifiers

Some indoor plants like Peace lilies, Boston ferns and English ivy can help add humidity to the air and reduce your need for a humidifier in drier winter months. Desert-thriving succulents, such as aloe, may also help.

Learn more about how you can balance humidity at home

Time-of-use rates and why they matter

Most homes are billed based on when electricity is used, this is known as time-of-use rates. So when you do certain activities could impact your bill. When is the best time to put a load of laundry to dry?

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The correct answer is:

Time of use rates change with electricity demand. When demand is at its lowest this is known as off-peak. Off-peak rates take place in the evening, overnight and on weekends, so there’s plenty of opportunity to get activities done while saving on your electricity costs.

Learn more about Time-of-Use rates here.

Add some smarts to your heating and cooling system

 

A smart thermostat acts as your home’s temperature moderator. Watch Bryan Baeumler explain what else makes them so smart and how they can help you save on your energy use.

Learn how you can get the best savings out of your smart thermostat.

Here's how to game efficiently!

Did you know that gaming consoles still use energy while in sleep mode? Phantom power is the power that’s drawn when electronics are not in use.

To help cut down on unnecessary energy use, enable your console's energy saving mode, learn how to here.

Smart lighting is about more than just bulbs 

If you're looking to upgrade your home's lighting, think outside of only smart bulbs. Consider smart options like plugs and switches as well. Smart lighting provides a convenient way to not only manage your home's lighting but help you save energy.

Learn more by reading our buying guide.