Energy Saving Tips

  • COOLING: Consider using a fan first for cooling as it costs pennies to operate. Air conditioners can account for anywhere from 5-50% of your summer bills. By setting the thermostat at 26° Celsius you will save 15% or more on cooling costs over a 22° Celsius setting. This cost can also be controlled by turning off the air conditioner when you are going to be gone for several hours as it takes less energy to re-cool the house than it takes to keep it cooled while you’re gone.

  • HOT WATER: Water heating is the second largest energy user in the average home and you can control these costs by adding a low flow showerhead which saves up to 15% of your home’s water use. Also by using faucet aerators can save up to 40% of the water used for hand washing. Using these techniques and by setting your thermostat back when you are not home or overnight, can save 5 to 10% on your annual energy bill. Another useful tip would be to wrap your older electric hot water tank with an insulating blanket which can save up to 9% on your standby water heating costs. If you're planning on going away on vacation, set your Hot Water tank to the vacation setting or shut your breaker off.

    No Cost Tips:

    • A five minute shower uses about half as much water as a bath.
    • Run your dishwasher and laundry appliances with full loads.
    • Turn off Taps!!! Make sure you taps are never dripping.
    • Use cold water over hot water whenever possible.

 

  • HEATING: At 50% of your energy bill, heating is the largest use of energy in most homes. This can be reduced by ensuring your furnace filters are cleaned, avoid heating unnecessary spaces such as your garage, between fires close your chimney damper, and by setting the thermostat back when you are not home or overnight, you can save 5 to 10% on your annual energy bill.

 

  • HOLIDAY LIGHTING: L.E.D lights use 80% less energy and last at least seven times longer. They are more durable with no filaments or glass bulbs to break and they produce very little heat, reducing the risk of a fire. 

 

  • LIGHTING AND CONTROLS: Compact fluorescent lamps(CFLs) use 75% less energy than incandescent lamps for the same amount of light and last up to 8 times longer. Other measures that can be taken are turning off lights during daylight hours, switch to lower – wattage bulbs where possible, and use solapowered lights outdoors.

 

  • HOME APPLIANCES: Economize on your dishwasher (always run full loads), make sure your freezer and refrigerator doors seal/close tightly, and unplug appliances such as a microwave when not in use. Use your energy saving feature on appliances, and when purchasing new appliances look for Energy Star® marked on the Energy Guide labels.
    Set your temperature on your refrigerator to 4° Celsius and your freezer to -18° Celsius. Also ensure that your appliances are not near heat vents, defrost a manual-defrost freezer when ice thickness reaches half a centimeter, and keep pre-heating to a minimum.
 
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