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Spring and summer saving Jump to fall and winter savings tips

Spring cleaning includes making your home energy efficient. Here’s how:

Thermostat

Install a programmable thermostat

If properly set, it can reduce cooling costs. Set your central air conditioner for 25°C when you’re at home and 28°C when you’re away.

Focus on the filter

Clean or replace your air conditioning filter monthly. Dirty filters can restrict airflow and reduce your system’s efficiency.

Cool your pool

Put your swimming pool pump on a timer so it runs less often.

Go natural

When you can, use a clothesline and let the sun and breeze naturally dry your clothes.

5 ways to save energy on vacation

  • Turn off the lights, radios and TVs when you leave your hotel room.
  • If your room has a coffeemaker with a timer or clock, unplug it after use.
  • Reuse your towels. Do you really need a fresh towel every day?
  • To conserve water and electricity, have housekeeping change your bed linen every 2 days instead of every day.
  • If you have control of the heat, turn it down when you leave the room. Why heat or cool an empty room?
 

Give your fan a whirl

Use a ceiling fan to circulate cool air – you’ll save on the cost of air conditioning.

ManLookingOutWindow

Keep the heat out

Close your blinds and curtains during the day.

Dishwasher

Do a load later

Run your dishwasher, washer and dryer early in the morning, in the evening or weekends when electricity rates are lowest.

Heading out of town?

Check these tips off your to-do list before leaving.

  • Turn down the heat: Set your water heater to ‘vacation’ mode, or set the temperature as low as possible.
  • Close up shop: Lock your garage door, and if the door has an automatic opener, unplug it.
  • Fill up your fridge: Your fridge runs more efficiently when full, so fill it with items that won’t go bad, like water jugs.
  • Make it look like you’re home: Use timers on indoor and outdoor light fixtures. It’s less costly than leaving your lights on all day.
  • Turn it off: Plug TVs, computers, stereos and DVD players into power bars that shut them off automatically – you’ll save on phantom load.

Fall and winter savings

Get your home ready for the change in temperature.

Install a programmable thermostat

If properly set, it can reduce heating costs. Set your thermostat to 20°C when you’re at home and 18°C when sleeping or away.

Thermostat
Man Looking Out Window

Older windows?

Use heavy blinds or drapes to help keep the heat in.

Shift to off-peak hours

Run your dishwasher, washer and dryer early in the morning, in the evening or on weekends when electricity demand is lowest.

Fireplace

Close the damper

If you have a wood-burning fireplace, cover the opening when you’re not using it. When the fire is lit, turn down your thermostat.

 
Caulking

Fill the gaps

Weatherstrip around doors, fireplace dampers, attic hatches and air conditioners. By reducing drafts, you could save up to 30% a year on heating costs.

Change your furnace air filter monthly

Have a licensed HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning) professional service your furnace yearly to ensure it is operating at maximum efficiency.

Cat Behind Curtain

Don’t waste heat

Close off heat to unused rooms by closing doors and air registers. Keep closet doors shut, too.

SEE ALSO: Heating your home

Heating accounts for the largest portion of your energy bill. Learn more ways to curb your costs. arrow

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