If you are not proactively trying to save on utilities, it’s easy for your bills to creep up during the colder winter months – on average, Canadians spent more hours of the day at home during the winter and the chillier outdoor temperatures make it easy to crank up the heat. Here are a few ways to save money on utilities this winter:

Strategize with your dishwashing: Dishwashers use a lot of energy so make sure you are taking full advantage when you run it – only run full loads and let your dishes air dry to save up to $10 a year.

Replace your lightbulbs: Compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs are up to 75% more energy efficient and last 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs. This can add up to savings of $25 per year.

Microwave to save: Microwaves use up to 80% less energy than a standard oven.

Check your fridge temperature: Set your refrigerator to 2–3 degrees Celsius to minimize the cost of an appliance that is always running. This can save you $10 per year.

Check your water temperature: For every 10 degrees reduction in temperature, you can save from 3%–5% on your water heating costs. Setting it to 50 instead of 60 degrees can save a good portion of your bill. Just make sure you don’t reduce the temperature too low because it can allow bacteria to grow in your tank.

Unplug vampire electronics: Televisions, computers and gaming consoles can continue to use electricity even when they are turned off. Unplug these devices when they are not in use to save money.

Do an energy audit: The best way to know where to save is by doing an audit of where your highest energy costs are currently at. This will help you find inefficiencies and tackle them head on.

New property listed in Zone 27, Edmonton
I have listed a new property at 118 13908 136 ST in Edmonton.
Down-sizing or starting out, look no further! This suite is perfect for roommates with bedrooms and baths at opposite sides of the unit or a young family or empty-nesters with room for guests. Nestled onto the end of a very quiet street next to parks, walk ways and multiple lakes gives one feeling of living in a private community. The ground floor condo includes 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and 2 parking stalls plus in-suite laundry and easy to access storage. The large covered patio boasts ample sunshine for relaxing and is very close to visitor parking when guests arrive for a visit. One parking stall is underground and the other is on the surface. The location is quiet yet close to shopping, banks, restaurants, parks, lakes, walking trails, public transportation and schools.

New property listed in Zone 58, Edmonton
I have listed a new property at 829 BRECKENRIDGE BAY in Edmonton.
Beautiful 2031 Square Foot Custom Built 2 Storey Home on a private Cul-De-Sac in Breckenridge Greens. The main floor features an open floor plan, expansive Kitchen with Stainless Steel appliances, breakfast nook, Living room with gas fireplace, private dining room & laundry. Open staircase leads to the bonus room with vaulted ceilings, great for watching the game or for the kids playing. Primary Bedroom with walk in closet and ensuite. Relax & Unwind in your massive shower with rainfall shower head and body jets. Plus 2 additional bedrooms and 4 piece bathroom. Basement is fully finished with a large Recreation Room, 4th Bedroom and 3 piece Bathroom. West facing grassed backyard with deck, the perfect place to watch the sunset. Lewis Estates is a family friendly golf course community in the heart of West Edmonton with easy access to the Anthony Henday & Whitemud Drive. Close to golf, schools, parks, playgrounds, public transportation, Lewis Estates Transit Centre, Shopping, West Edmonton Mall & Costco.

New property listed in Zone 07, Edmonton
I have listed a new property at 13354 109B AVE in Edmonton.
Location, Location, Location. Welcome to North Glenora, spacious 1 and a half storey situated on a substantial corner lot. Main floor features, south facing Living and Dining Room with loads of natural sunlight. Kitchen has ample storage and counter space for the family chef, Primary bedroom with original oak hardwood flooring, 4 piece bathroom. Upstairs you will find 2 large bedrooms, one complete with it's own walk in closet. The basement is partially finished, with 2 additional bedrooms. Private fully fenced backyard complete with treehouse. Double detached garage with single door. North Glenora Park community hall, skating rink, skateboard park, children's playground, soccer fields and baseball diamonds are conveniently located kitty corner. Walking distance to Westmount Shopping Center. Close to schools, shopping, parks, playgrounds, public transportation. Minutes to Downtown, Telus World of Science, Coronation Park Sports & Recreation Centre, Woodpark Spray Park.

Elmwood Park is a dense residential community in Edmonton which is bounded on the north by the Yellowhead Corridor, to the west by 82 Street, on the south by 122 Avenue, and on the east by Fort Road.

The neighbourhood contains many single detached homes built in the 1940s and 1950s, and multi-family structures – in fact, most of the residential construction happened between the end of World War II and 1970. The population of this area is known for being quite mobile, with many of the residents renting. It can be a good area to scoop up a deal or set up a rental income property.

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