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Energy Saving Tips

It could be as simple as turning off the lights or closing the windows, but a few small changes to how you use energy goes a long way in controlling your consumption — and your costs.

How to save on energy during the winter:



logo_EL.svgHow to save electricity this winter

  • Switch to compact florescent and LED lighting - even though we use our lights more in winter, these can help lessen consumption.
  • Spotlight your work spaces- using a kitchen counter light, or a small lamp to read, brings better light to the task and saves energy.
  • Use motion detectors outdoors - motion sensors can significantly reduce energy used by outdoor lights without compromising security or style.
  • Turn off lights when not in use more than 10 per cent of an average home's electricity costs are from lighting.
  • Use sensors or timers - if you or a family member can’t remember to turn off lights, sensors and timers can help you save.

logo_NG.svgHow to save natural gas this winter

  • Remove window air conditioners- they can be a large source of heat loss in winter.
  • Improve your home’s insulation - over 45 per cent of a typical home’s heating and cooling can be lost through walls, roof and floor.
  • Seal leaky ducts- when ducts have leaks, they can lose up to 20 per cent of heated air before it reaches living spaces.
  • Open your shades - take advantage of winter sunlight, enjoy natural light and capture free heat.
  • Reverse your ceiling fan - run a fan in reverse to create an updraft and send warmer air down to the living space.

All customers are free to purchase natural gas services from the default supply provider or from a retailer of their choice and to purchase electricity services from the regulated rate provider or from a retailer of their choice. The delivery of natural gas and electricity to you is not affected by your choice. If you change who you purchase natural gas services or electricity services from, you will continue receiving natural gas and electricity from the distribution company in your service area. For a current list of retailers you may choose from, visit www.ucahelps.alberta.ca or call 310-4822 (toll free in Alberta).

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