Tips for Saving Energy At Home

Here are some easy ways to save money while keeping your home comfortable. Take advantage of these LOW/NO cost opportunities to improve the efficiency of your home.

1. Wash your clothes in cold water for up to 90% energy savings, hang to dry for even more savings.

2. Install low-flow shower heads & faucets. A five minute shower with a low-flow shower head uses up to 70% less water than the standard, saving both energy & water costs.

3. Run your dishwasher only when it’s full and skip the drying cycle. If hand-washing, rinse dishes in cold water. Better yet, use a basin of cold water instead of running the tap.

4. Try lowering your thermostat temperature overnight and when you are away from your home. You can save 2% on your heating bill for every 1ºC you turn down your thermostat. Programmable thermostats make this easier by automatically adjusting the temperature to preset levels.

5. Instead of cranking up the heat, put on a sweater and some wool socks. Not only will you feel cozy, it’s another way to save money on your heating bills.

6. Replace your old incandescent bulbs with energy efficient LEDs. LEDs use up to 90% less energy and can last up to 20 times longer than standard incandescents!

7. Reduce phantom power use. Unplug home electronic, chargers, & small appliances when not in use.

8. Adjust blinds to deflect heat in the summer, and keep heat in during the winter.

9. Heat only the rooms you’re using. Close warm air supply registers, or lower the thermostat if you have baseboard heaters, in rooms you’re not using. Avoid heating non-insulated spaces such as a garage, crawl space, attic or storage shed.

10. Adjust your hot water heater. The hot water temperature in many homes is too hot. Turning down your water heater thermostat (no lower than 55ºC and no higher than 60ºC) can pay off in savings of up to 5% for every 6ºC.

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