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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 this 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.

Customers are free to purchase natural gas services or electricity services from a retailer of their choice. For a list of retailers, visit ucahelps.alberta.ca or call 310-4822 (toll free in Alberta).


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