A new series of how-to videos demonstrate how easy it is to save energy and money at home by making a few simple upgrades. The video series, a first in Atlantic Canada, was launched today, Aug. 21. The series features 13 videos, ranging from three to five minutes, that show how to identify air leaks and ways to improve the energy efficiency of your home. Step-by-step instructions are also available at Conserve Nova Scotia’s website. “We know a lot of people are concerned with rising energy costs and more expensive home heating bills this winter,” said Richard Hurlburt, Minister responsible for Conserve Nova Scotia. “By making energy upgrades to their home, people can permanently cut their annual energy bills by about 30 per cent, saving them as much as $1,000 a year.” The videos complement the EnerGuide for Houses Program. Through the program, an energy evaluator assesses a home and makes recommendations about how to improve energy efficiency. Recommended upgrades may include adding insulation, air sealing attic areas and around windows, and weatherstripping doors. After the assessment, homeowners have 18 months to make the energy upgrades. “Before making energy upgrades to your home, we recommend that homeowners have a home energy evaluation done through the EnerGuide program,” said Mr. Hurlburt. “By talking with our experts, you’ll learn how to get the best value for your money. Homeowners will also benefit from improved energy efficiency that will lower their energy costs, make their homes more comfortable, and cut their greenhouse-gas emissions by about five tonnes a year.” Homeowners could qualify up to $6,500 in rebates, depending on the work done. This includes a $5,000 maximum rebate from the federal government’s ecoENERGY Home Energy Retrofit program and up to $1,500 from the provincial government’s EnerGuide for Houses program. Conserve Nova Scotia also sends participants an energy savings kit with products that can help save up to $100 per year in energy costs. To download the videos, visit www.conservens.ca , or for more information about energy efficiency and conservation, call the toll free EnerInfo line at 1-800-670-4636.