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Energy Efficiency Tips and Hints


Tips for All Seasons

Here are some energy efficiency tips and hints that are applicable across all seasons. Not only can these energy efficiency tips save you money, but they help the environment as well. Try a few.

Lighting

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Use energy-saving light bulbs that can last up to ten times longer than a normal bulb and use up to 75 per cent less energy. A single 20 to 25 watt energy-saving bulb provides as much light as a 100 watt ordinary bulb.  
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Buy CFLs now
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Install motion sensors on external lights.

Hot Water and Taps

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Insulate your water heater pipes. Your water will stay hotter longer. Keep the insulation 18” from the top of the water heater.
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Take showers. A bath consumes about five times the hot water. Buy a low-flow showerhead, it will pay for itself in no time.
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Avoid washing dishes in hot running water. Fill the sink halfway, and then scrub away.
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Repair dripping hot water taps immediately.
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Did you know that if you never run out of hot water, then you’ve probably set your hot water thermostat too high? Set your thermostat between 110 and 120 degrees Fahrenheit (43C - 49C).

Home Appliances

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Microwaves use substantially less energy than ovens. Use one when cooking and reheating items.
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Defrost your freezer regularly. When ice builds up, your freezer uses more electricity. If it frosts up again quickly, check that the door seals are strong and intact.
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Keep your fridge at least three quarters full for maximum efficiency.
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When dust and pet hair build up on your refrigerator’s condenser coils, the motor works harder and uses more electricity. As part of your spring-cleaning routine, make sure the coils are cleaned and air can circulate freely. Also, don’t forget to check the seals on your refrigerator door to make sure they are clean and tight. Your refrigerator accounts for up to 11 per cent of your household’s total energy use, which can have a major impact on your energy bill.
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Wash laundry with full loads. You'll use the machine less, save time and save energy. Also, wash at a lower temperature. Use the spin cycle, and then hang dry clothes and sheets.
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Use your dryer for consecutive loads. The built-up heat means less energy spent.
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If you’re thinking about purchasing a new appliance, always look for the ENERGY STAR® label on new appliances. These products are more energy efficient and can help reduce your energy costs.
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Make sure to put the lids on pots when boiling water to save energy and cook food quicker.