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With all the appliances in your average kitchen, energy usage can be enormous. Just think of how many times you open the fridge on a hot summer day. When planning a kitchen renovation, or when older appliances need to be replaced, modern energy savers should be a high priority. Some of the latest refrigerators, dishwashers, stoves and other kitchen necessities use less than 50 per cent of the energy consumed by older models. Other energy efficient options include energy efficient lighting and water saving devices such as faucet aerators.

A bathroom can also be a significant drain on energy. When you're renovating the bathroom, go for both beauty and efficiency, and save more money by installing water saving fixtures such as low flow showerheads that reduce the amount of water use by 50 to 70 per cent, and low flow toilets that use 70 per cent less water than conventional models, but work just as efficiently.

Another energy saving tip is to insulate the floors of bedrooms and rooms above large open spaces such as the garage. It is possible to do the job without ripping up floor boards, by drilling access holes, and simply injecting insulating materials. This eliminates drafts and prevents heat loss through the floorbeds, which saves money and keeps room temperatures consistent and comfortable.

Adding new siding is an excellent way to make your home more attractive and warmer too. Siding with insulation reduces energy costs and makes home heating more efficient. It makes the outside of your home look new again. Siding can be applied over existing material and is virtually maintenance free. It reduces outside noise and increases the value of your home.

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