Answer: Light-emitting diode.
LED lightbulbs don’t have filaments and use 70–90% less energy than traditional incandescent lightbulbs! How's that for a bright idea?
Answer: U-value is a measure of thermal transmittance used to evaluate how well buildings are insulated.
Okay, so it's not that basic. But it's worth knowing! The lower the U-value of a material, the more effective its insulation properties. If you're doing home renovations or construction, U-values can help ensure you're not building something that's going to negatively affect your energy savings.
Answer: Low-emissivity coating.
Did you know? Low-e coating is a hyper-thin metallic glaze used on glass windows that allows short-wave solar rays to pass through windows while allowing minimal heat to escape in the other direction! Indoors, 1. Elements, 0.
Answer: Weatherstripping is the process of sealing openings in the home, such as doors and windows, from the elements.
Low-e coating isn't the only thing you can do to prevent heat loss! Buy some weatherstripping ahead of the winter season to make sure you're ready to seal up every nook and cranny where the cold could get in or the heat could get out.
Answer: Phantom power, or standby power, refers to the energy that plugged-in appliances are using even when not in use.
Phantom power accounts for up to 10% of the average Canadian home's energy use! If that doesn't haunt your conscience...
Answer: Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning.
"HVAC" encompasses the mechanical network that contributes to your thermal comfort, from heating you up in the winter to cooling you down in the summer. You can make your HVAC system more efficient by cleaning filters more regularly and synching it with smart technology.
Answer: Smart thermostats allow you to control the temperature in your home remotely.
What makes them "smart" is that they learn from your behaviours to keep you comfortable while using less energy and can adjust the temperature in your home based on more nuanced factors, such as humidity.