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  • Writer's pictureKosta Gusakov

Tips To Vancouverites From Your Local Handyman

Home Improvement Tips For Residents Of Vancouver & The Lower Mainland

Zaphandy has developed a checklist of simple, economic and green tactics and product suggestions designed to reduce energy costs, which will be provided to the thousands of Canadian homeowners that regularly hire a handyman for maintenance and repair services.

"With the face-to-face contact that we have with so many homeowners on a daily basis, we are in a unique and ideal position to educate the public to realistically reduce energy consumption," said Kostya Gusykov owner of Zaphandy.

Below is a sample of just some of the tips he offers to homeowners:

  • Installing ceiling fans could cut air conditioning costs by as much as 42 percent in the summer and will save on heating costs in the winter, by circulating warm air down from the ceiling.

  • Fixing a single drippy faucet can save up to 214 gallons of water per month.

  • Installing low flow toilets could save up to 3.6 gallons per flush.

  • Replacing old light bulbs with energy efficient compact fluorescent bulbs will save on the lighting bill and the bulbs last 8 to 11 times longer. Changing only five bulbs could save 53 percent on annual lighting costs.

  • Sealing cooling and heating ducts with duct wrap or mastic sealant can save as much as 27 percent on the energy bill.

  • Replace shower heads with low-flow shower heads could reduce your water usage by 20,000 gallons per year.

  • Install outdoor solar lighting, which is easy to install, virtually maintenance free, it provides free electricity.

  • Insulating hot water pipes will save money on water heating costs, and will conserve water since it will take less time to receive warm water at the faucets and showers.

  • Installing shades and drapes will block light on hot sunny days and keep cooling costs down.

  • Insulating the hot water heater can reduce CO2 emissions and save around 4 percent to 9 percent in water heating costs.

  • Caulk windows and doors

  • Add insulation in ceilings and walls

  • Weatherstrip doors

  • Put insulators behind switch and outlet plates that are on exterior walls

  • Replace old, drafty windows with energy efficient units

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