Energy conservation is not about doing without; it's about doing things better.
Around The House
- Turn off your lights, TVs and other appliances when they aren't being used.
- Shut your computer down when you're not using it.
- Use energy efficient, compact fluorescent light bulbs.
- Use motion sensors and dimmer switches.
- Program your thermostat to optimize your heating and cooling efficiency throughout the day.
- Caulk your windows and doors and replace old windows to prevent air leaks.
- Get your ducts cleaned to ensure the efficiency of your HVAC system.
- Reduce heat loss by insulating your hot water tank.
- Take short showers and use a low-flow showerhead.
- Turn your water heater off or set it to vacation mode when you're away.
- Leave 25 cm of space on either side of your refrigerator for optimal airflow.
- Ensure your refrigerator door seals tightly.
- Don't position your refrigerator or freezer near a heat source, such as a radiator, heating vent, stove or dishwasher.
- Set your oven to convection whenever possible to reduce baking times.
- Turn the oven off a few minutes before cooking is complete – the heat in the oven will finish the job.
- Don't open the oven door while it is in operation.
- Use the energy saving cycle on your dishwasher, and only start it with a full load.
- Clean the drains and filters in your dishwasher regularly.
- Air-dry your dishes instead of using the heat dry option.
The Laundry Room
- Use the cold water option on your washing machine.
- Don't overuse your dryer – hang clothes to dry whenever possible.
- Use an electronic moisture or temperature sensor that turns off your dryer when your clothes are dry.
- Empty your dryer's lint trap after every load.
- Use an outdoor clothesline to dry your clothes.
- Keep your air conditioner set at 25 degrees or higher.
- Turn your air conditioner off if you're leaving home for more than 24 hours.
- Make sure your air conditioner's filter is clean.
- Consider installing a ceiling fan instead of an air conditioner.
- Close your blinds during the day to prevent unwanted heating from the sun.
- Don't use heat-producing appliances during the hottest part of the day.
- Use LED holiday lights.
- Check your furnace's filter every month and have your furnace cleaned once a year to increase efficiency.
- Install a programmable digital thermostat. You can save on your heating bills by using a digital programmable thermostat compared to an older style.
- Keep the blinds on your south-facing windows open to let the sun heat your home. Close your blinds at night.
- Keep the fireplace damper closed unless you have a fire going. If you don't use your fireplace, seal your chimney flute.
- Place a humidifier in commonly used rooms, or install a humidifier on your furnace. The additional moisture will raise the heat index in your home.
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