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2019 is here, and you may be thinking about your New Year’s resolutions. How about changing the way you use electricity in your home? Here are three easy, energy-saving resolutions to consider making.

  

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Tackle phantom power by monitoring your electricity usage

Every holiday season, most homes see more electronic tools, gadgets and appliances unwrapped, and with that means an increase in energy usage. Many of these products use electricity while not in use but left plugged in. This is called "phantom" or "standby" power, and it could account for up to 10 per cent of your home’s energy use. You can easily reduce phantom power by logging in to myAccount and looking at your daily/hourly electricity usage. Watch for times when no one is home but your energy consumption is high, as this is a sign that items are plugged in and draining power.
 

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Take part in at least one Save on Energy program NEXT YEAR

Put more money back in your wallet! Electricity service providers in Ontario, including Hydro One, offer numerous Save on Energy programs that can help customers lower their electricity usage. From heating and cooling rebates to home assistance programs, there are many resources to help you save energy and lower your bill. Visit our Saving Money & Energy section for available programs we offer for both homes and businesses.

 

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make energy-efficient decisions when buying products or renovating

Whether you are purchasing a new light bulb, appliance or undergoing a major renovation, take the time to research what the most energy-efficient option is, as those purchases will have a greater return on investment. Start small! The average Ontario home has 30 light fixtures, so switch to LED bulbs and see your long-term savings grow.

 

Did you know? The average Canadian home has 25 or more electronic devices that use phantom power, costing approximately $150 a year in electricity. Why not sign up for high usage alerts to monitor changes in your electricity consumption patterns?

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