Saving on Your Energy Bills Rudsworth May 4, 2021 Home & Garden How to Save – Inside & Out There are many simple ways you can spend less on energy. As a leader in energy efficiency, we’re committed to helping our customers reduce their energy consumption and save money. Around your home The age, condition and efficiency of your appliances play a big role in how much energy you use, so it’s important to keep them in good working order. You may also want to consider upgrading to the most energy-efficient models. Inside: Washer and Dryer – Use the warm or cold settings on your washer instead of hot for significant energy savings. Let clothes air-dry when possible. It will help your clothes last longer and will save you money. Water Tank – Consider choosing a tankless natural gas water heater when you upgrade your water heater. It only heats water as needed. Furnace – Replace or clean your filter every three months to keep your furnace efficient. The less it has to work, the more money you save. Furnace Trouble? When you need repairs and maintenance to your furnace, boilers or water heaters, please contact a qualified HVAC contractor. Find a contractor near you at the Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI). Bathroom: Showerhead – Installing energy-efficient showerheads and taking shorter showers can make a big difference. The average shower is eight minutes – try limiting yours to six minutes. Bedroom: Windows – Seal cracks and drafts with caulking or weather stripping to help reduce heat loss. Living Room: Fireplace – Keep the damper of wood-burning fireplaces closed to prevent cold air from coming into your house. Consider a natural gas fireplace which is clean and more efficient. Thermostat – Turn down the heat! Try setting your thermostat at 20°C (68°F) during the day and 17°C (62.6°F) at night. Kitchen: Small Appliances – Use small appliances like your toaster, which use less energy than your stove. Dishwasher – Only use the dishwasher for full loads and use the energy saving cycle. Oven – Turn off the oven a few minutes before cooking time is over; the heat will finish the job. Faucet – Fix leaky taps, especially hot water. One drop/second for a month equals sixteen hot baths. Outside the House: Seal all cracks, holes, or gaps in the exterior of your house to prevent heat loss. Trees: Planting trees on the south and west sides of house can draw shade and help lower the temperature of your home. Solar Power: Solar energy is now the most affordable form of energy! If you are looking to save significantly on your hydro bills, have back-up electrical power in case of power outages, this may be an option for you. Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.