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  • Set your thermostat back. For each 4 degrees you lower
    your thermostat each night, you will save up to 10% in energy
  • Install & use a programmable thermostat that will
    turn down the heat when you are not at home or are asleep.
  • If you’re chilly, don’t turn up the heat, put on a sweater or use a blanket.
  • Avoid the use of portable electric heaters, they are
    big energy users.
  • Keep blinds, shades and drapes closed during the hottest
    part of the day in the summer.
  • Use area rugs on cold floors.
  • Install ceiling fans and use them to supplement or even
    as an alternative to air conditioning.
  • Make sure your ceiling fan is blowing air downwards in the
  • Plant leafy (deciduous) trees on the sunny side of your
  • Plant pine or fir trees on the north side to provide
    an energy-saving windbreak.
  • Clean or replace the furnace filter every three months
    during the winter. A clogged filter reduces the flow of
    air & will make your furnace run longer.
  • Fix leaky faucets – that little drip can add up
    to 95 litres of water per faucet per month.
  • Install a low flow shower head. This can save you up
    to 15% of your home’s hot water use. A 5-min shower
    uses about half as much water as a bath.
  • Drain a pail of water from your natural gas hot water
    tank every 3 months to remove sediment that prevents heat
    transfer, lowering the units efficiency.
  • You can lower overall energy demand by concentrating
    bright light where you need it.
  • Opening your blinds is a free way to brighten up a room.
  • Decorate your home with illumination in mind.
  • Keep light fixtures clean.
  • Replace your most frequently used incandescent bulbs
    with compact florescent light bulbs. They use about a third
    as much electricity, and last 10 times longer.
  • Replace outdoor lighting with motion-detector equipped
    bulbs or fixtures instead of leaving outside lights on for
    long periods of time.
  • The refrigerator is one of the biggest electricity guzzlers
    in most homes. Look for ENERGY STAR qualified refrigerators.
  • Don’t keep that old, inefficient refrigerator running
    in the basement for occasional refreshments. It could cost
    you $150 or more per year in electricity.
  • Check your refrigerator’s door seal by closing
    the door on a $5 bill. If it’s held tightly in place,
    the seal is OK.
  • Clean your refrigerator’s coils and air intake
    grill every 3 months.
  • Keep refrigerators and freezers out of direct sunlight.
  • Allow hot foods to cool before putting them in the refrigerator.
  • Go into your fridge & freezer knowing what you need
    & close the doors quickly.

Newer refrigerators, freezers and window air conditioners cost much less to operate than older units. For example, replacing a 20-year-old 18 cubic feet refrigerator
with a new Energy Star™ refrigerator will result in an annual energy cost savings of about $130. At this rate, the savings will pay for the cost of the new refrigerator
in five to seven years.

If you’re planning to buy a new refrigerator or freezer please consider these Energy Efficiency Tips:

  • The larger the appliance the more electricity it will use so consider the number of people that will be using the appliance.
    • One or two people – 340L or 12 cubic feet
    • Three or four people – 395 to 480L or 14 to 17 cubic feet
    • Each additional person – add 55L or 2 cubic feet
  • Top freezer models are the most efficient, followed by bottom freezers, with side-by-side models being the least efficient.
  • ENERGY STAR® symbol is a simple way for you to identify products that are among the most energy-efficient on the market. Only manufacturers and retailers whose products meet the ENERGY STAR® criteria can label their products with this symbol. Find out more about qualified ENERGY STAR® products at ENERGY STAR.
  • The EnerGuide label is a tool to help you make an energy-wise choice when buying a new appliance. It shows how much energy appliances consume in a year of normal service and makes it easy to compare the energy efficiency of each model to others of the same size and class. When shopping for a new appliance look for a low EnerGuide rating. Find out about EnerGuide at: EnerGuide.

Refrigeration Tips

  • Don’t overfill the refrigerator – this blocks air circulation.
  • A full freezer will perform better than an empty one.
  • Clean your refrigerator’s coils (in the back) and air intake grill (below the doors) every 3 months.
  • Allow hot foods to cool before putting them in the refrigerator.
  • Keep refrigerators and freezers out of direct sunlight, and allow at least 5 cm all around the unit.
  • Use small appliances such as a microwave, slow cooker,
    or toaster oven instead of the oven when possible.
  • Generally, thaw frozen foods in the refrigerator before
    cooking, unless the label says otherwise.
  • Turn off the oven just before finishing – the oven
    will remain hot long enough to complete the job.
  • Use the right size pot or pan for the burner and cover
    pots when you boil water or cook.
  • Don’t waste hot water by pre-rinsing dishes before
    putting them in the dishwasher.
  • Air dry your dishes – you can save 10% of the cost
    of operation.
  • Load dishes according to manufacturer’s instructions
    to allow for proper water circulation.
  • Check and clean drains and filters regularly to ensure
    efficient operation.
  • If you are planning to buy a new dishwasher, consider
    investing in an ENERGY STAR qualified model, which is at
    least 25% more efficient.
  • Make sure clothes are effectively wrung before putting
    them in the dryer.
  • Separate loads into heavy, medium and lightweight items
    – lighter loads will take less drying time than a
    mixture of items.
  • Dry consecutive loads to utilize otherwise wasted heat
    from the dryer.
  • Get some fresh air! Consider using a clothesline to dry
    your laundry.
  • Wash clothes in cold or warm water…full loads only
    & don’t over-dry your clothes. Clean the dryer
    after each use.
  • Consider energy-efficient computer systems and monitors
    when you replace a system.
  • Be sure to shut off the computer screen, as 60% of the
    power used by a computer is used by the monitor.
  • Put your home entertainment systems on a power bar and
    turn off the bar when you are not using them.
  • Unplug infrequently used TV’s, as many continue
    to draw power even when turned off
  • Put swimming pool pumps on a timer.
  • Use a solar blanket to keep swimming pool water warm