Jason Shaw
Sales Representative

RE/MAX Ultimate Realty Inc.
Independently owned and operated

1739 Bayview Avenue
Toronto, Ontario M4G 3C1

Phone: 416-487-5131
Fax: 416-487-1750
Mobile: 647-999-2470

12 Money-Saving Tips for an Energy-Efficient Home & Healthy Lawn

June 16, 2015 - Updated: June 16, 2015

Given the crazy world we live in, with ever greater demands on our time, it's safe to say most of us are always looking to save more of it (and money, too!) in all areas of our lives- and around the house is no exception!

Check out these 8 great tips to reduce your home's energy use, and therefore the numbers on your utility bill. PLUS a short guide of 4 tips on how to grow a lush, healthy, green lawn! Read on...


Fertilize Your Lawn for Summer

Fertilizing a lawn is a springtime tradition for many homeowners. Winter can take its toll on a lawn, but fertilizer can go a long way toward helping a lawn recover from harsh weather. While lawn-and-garden enthusiasts might know the ins and outs of fertilizing a lawn, novices might need a little help as they look to restore their lawns.

1. Find out what your lawn needs. Even novice green thumbers likely know that overfertilization can harm a lawn, and that’s a big reason many homeowners approach fertilizing their lawn with some trepidation.

A lush lawn adds to the curb appeal of a home, while a lawn that’s patchy or appears to be poorly taken care of can lower property value. Before fertilizing a lawn, obtain a soil test to determine if the lawn has any nutrient deficiencies.

  • 2. Don’t overdo it with nitrogen. Fertilizing with too much nitrogen is a common mistake, as too much nitrogen can be harmful, decreasing root growth and increasing a lawn’s susceptibility to disease.

A slow-release fertilizer may be an option, as such fertilizers break down nutrients over a longer period of time, which also allows homeowners to extend the intervals between fertilizing sessions. But a lawn can get nitrogen from other sources as well. Such sources include grass clippings or raked leaves left on the lawn after being shredded by a mulching mower.

3. Consider using granules instead of spray. Spraying a lawn with fertilizer might seem like the easiest and quickest way to fertilize, but spraying is typically best left to the professionals. That’s because novices often struggle to evenly apply the fertilizer when spraying, and many do not account for the wind when spraying fertilizer.

A traditional spreader that fertilizes a lawn with granules makes it easier for nonprofessionals to apply the fertilizer accurately and evenly. Before fertilizing with granules, read the package to determine if you need to water the lawn before application, as some fertilizers are only effective when applied to a lawn after it has been watered.

Also, be sure to fill the spreader on asphalt instead of the lawn. Chances are you’re going to spill granules when filling the spreader, and such spills can be harmful to the lawn.

4. Plan to fertilize several times. Some homeowners only fertilize twice a year—once in the spring and then once again in the fall. But fertilizer should be applied multiple times throughout the year, beginning in the early spring.

The first time to fertilize is when the soil temperature reaches roughly 55 degrees Fahrenheit, which is often evident because grass typically starts to grow again when the soil reaches that temperature.

Fertilize again roughly a month after fertilizer is first applied, and then do so every six to eight weeks after through October. Professionals often recommend using an organic material during the third fertilizing session.


8 Tips for Home Energy Efficiency
  • Controlled Environment
Use a programmable thermostat. Save on air conditioning by raising it to 22 C, or higher during the day.
  • Use Appliances Off-Peak
Run dishwashers, washers and dryers with full loads at off-peak times. And keep appliances clean so they run efficiently. Try vacuuming dryer and fridge vents.
  • Power Bars Fight Phantom Power
Plug appliances and electronic gadgets into a power bar so they can easily be turned off when not in use and eliminate phantom power from being drawn.
  • Plug Leaks
Fix leaky faucets and toilets to conserve water, save energy and cut energy bills.
  • Use Less Water
Use efficient shower heads and don’t run water when brushing teeth. Don’t wash or pre-rinse dishes under running water.
  • Bright Lights
Get smart and replace old incandescent lights with CFL bulbs or LEDs.
  • Cozy Insulation
Add insulation to the attic and any walls, weather-stripping to doors, and caulking around windows to seal cracks. Piping insulation can go around hot and cold water pipes and the water tank. Make sure the HVAC system gets a tune-up.
  • Efficient Kitchen Habits
Reheat food in the microwave instead of the stove. Keep lids on pots when cooking. Use electric kettles with auto shutoff to boil water. Don’t open the oven door to check on food until it’s done cooking.



Interested in more Helpful Home Information, or Buying or Selling in Toronto this Spring/Summer? I welcome you to:

*Content adapted from Energyefficiency.org and Picton Country News

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Jason Shaw Sales Representative

RE/MAX Ultimate Realty Inc. Brokerage

Independently owned and operated

1739 Bayview Avenue , Toronto Ontario, M4G 3C1

Phone: 416-487-5131

Fax: 416-487-1750

Mobile: 647-999-2470


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