Spring and Summer Saving

Spring cleaning includes making your home energy efficient.

Install a programmable thermostat

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

Give your fan a whirl

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

Keep the heat out

Close your blinds and curtains during the day.

Do a load later

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

5 ways to save energy on vacation

  1. Turn off the lights, radios, and TVs when you leave your hotel room.

  2. If your room has a coffeemaker with a timer or clock, unplug it after use. 

  3. Reuse your towels. Do you really need a fresh towel every day? 

  4. To conserve water and electricity, have housekeeping change your bed linen every two days instead of every day. 

  5. If you have control of the heat, turn it down when you leave the room. Why heat or cool an empty room?

Heading out of town?

Check these tips off your to-do list before leaving. 
  1. Turn down the heat: Set your water heater to ‘vacation’ mode, or set the temperature as low as possible. 

  2. Close up shop: Lock your garage door, and if the door has an automatic opener, unplug it. 

  3. Fill up your fridge: Your fridge runs more efficiently when full, so fill it with items that will not go bad, like water jugs.

  4. Make it look like you are home: Use timers on indoor and outdoor light fixtures. It is less costly than leaving your lights on all day.

  5. Turn it off: Plug TVs, computers, stereos, and DVD players into power bars that shut them off automatically – you will 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 are at home and 18°C when sleeping or away.

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.

close the damper

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

fill the gaps

Weatherstrip around doors, fireplace dampers, attic hatches and air conditioners. By reducing drafts, you could save up to 30 per cent 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.

do not waste heat

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

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

See Also: Heating Your Home