Today, we use more electricity than ever; modern-day appliances for convenience and saving time come with a cost. It is important that we work together to conserve and use energy efficiently.
To help you understand where to start, here are Canadian Electric 's Top Ten Ways to Conserve Energy.
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TOP 10 WAYS TO SAVE ENERGY
1. Use Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs
One compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL) can save you three times its cost in electricity. CFLs last up to 10 times longer than regular bulbs and can use up to 75 per cent less electricity.
You can replace a 60-watt incandescent bulb with a 15-watt CFL.
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2. Install a Programmable Thermostat
If you install a programmable thermostat, you can set it to automatically lower your heat or air conditioning by a few degrees at night or when you are away.
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3. Remove/Replace Your Old Second Refrigerator
An extra refrigerator may be convenient for refreshments, but old, inefficient refrigerators can cost you well over $10 a month in electricity! You can get rid of an old refrigerator or freezer for free under the Fridge Pick-Up program. Simply call the Ontario Power Authority at 1-877-797-9473 to schedule your appointment!
4. Wash Your Laundry in Cold Water
You can save energy and money by washing all of your laundry in cold water. If you currently wash and rinse in warm water, and you switch entirely to cold, you could save over $14 a month (based on electric water heating).
5. Look for the ENERGY STAR® Name and Label
ENERGY STAR® is an international symbol that identifies many energy-efficient products. The ENERGY STAR® symbol helps businesses and consumers identify products that are at "the top of their class" in terms of energy efficiency.
6. Eliminate Air Leaks
Drafts around windows, doors, air vents and electrical outlets can account for as much as 25 per cent of your total heating costs. There are significant savings available if you caulk and weather strip windows, doors and dryer vents, and buy insulated plates for electrical outlets.
7. Install Insulation
You can save energy and money by increasing the amount of insulation in your home, to keep it warmer in winter and cooler in summer. The attic is a good place to start as that area represents as much as 15 per cent of your home's overall heat loss.
8. Use Motion Sensor Switches and Timers
To avoid leaving your outside lights on for long periods of time, install a motion sensor that turns the lights on automatically when someone approaches the house and turns the lights off after a pre-set period of time. Install timers on selected inside lights to avoid leaving lights on around the clock and to make your home look occupied when you are away.
9. Check Your Windows
Caulk and weather strip around windows to prevent heat loss. Use plastic window covers. Open your curtains and blinds during the day to let the sun warm the room, and then close them at night to reduce heat loss. In the summer time, close blinds and curtains during the day to reduce cooling costs. If you can afford it, upgrade the windows in your home with ENERGY STAR® high efficiency windows.
10. Use LED Seasonal Lighting
Using LED lights both inside and outside your home during the holiday season is a great way to conserve energy and save money. LED lights use up to 95 per cent less energy and last significantly longer that regular lights. There are no filaments or glass bulbs to break and they use very little heat.