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A helping hand for your home

There are lots of ways to reduce your electricity use and manage your costs. Here are some tips to save energy that require just simple changes in habit.


Oven / Stoves

  • Use pots that properly match the size of stovetop elements.
  • Pass on preheating – it is only necessary for baking.
  • Use the oven's self-cleaning feature immediately after cooking so it uses less energy.
  • Use the oven window to check food as it cooks. Opening the door wastes heat.

Refrigerators and Freezers

  • Vacuum condenser coils to keep your fridge and freezer running efficiently. 
  • Leave 5 cm around your fridge and freezer so heat will be able to circulate away from the compressor and condensing coil. 
  • Keep your freezer at -18°C – any lower will use more electricity than necessary. 
  • Ensure the door seal is tight and secure.

Dishwashers

  • Run your dishwasher after 7 p.m. or anytime on weekends when electricity rates are lowest. Learn more about Time-of-Use rates.
  • Run the dishwasher only when it is full.
  • Set your rinse cycle to use cold water, and air-dry whenever possible.

Washers

  • Choose cold-water wash and rinse cycles – 85-90 per cent of energy used is to heat water.
  • Buy cold-water laundry detergent, which is formulated especially for this purpose.
  • Save laundry for evenings after 7 p.m. or weekends when electricity rates are lowest.
  • Do laundry only when you have a full load.

Dryers

  • Use indoor drying racks or outdoor clotheslines to save energy.
  • Save laundry for evenings after 7 p.m. or on weekends when electricity rates are lowest.
  • Keep the lint filter clean to improve the dryer's efficiency and to prevent fire hazards.
  • Vacuum the dryer exhaust hose once a year.

Microwave / Toaster Oven

  • Reheat leftovers in the microwave – they use up to 50 per cent less electricity than electric stoves.
  • Opt for microwaves or toaster ovens during summer months to keep cooling costs down.

Electric Kettles

  • The most energy-efficient way to boil water is with an electric kettle that has auto-shutoff.
  • Keep your kettle free of mineral deposits by cleaning it regularly.
  • Unplug the kettle when it is not in use to reduce "phantom" or "standby" power.