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Electricity Checklist

Many factors can affect your electricity usage in your home. Use this checklist and see how much you can save.

  • Turn off your computer, lights, TVs and other appliances when they aren't being used.
  • Replace regular light bulbs with energy efficient, compact fluorescent light bulbs.
  • Use motion sensors and dimmer switches.
  • Update appliances with more energy efficient models.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Open windows up in the morning to let cooler air in, then close windows and blinds by noon to keep the cooler air in and the hot sun out.
  • Don't use heat-producing appliances during the hottest part of the day.
  • Use LED holiday lights.
  • 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.

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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