Cutting Energy Costs in Your Home

Evaluate and reduce energy consumption to save money

Energy is expensive. The average family in Canada spends $1, 147 (Statistics Canada) on electricity each year and $610 on natural gas. While the majority of your costs for living are for mortgage or rent, big utility bills drive your expenses upwards. But there are a number of ways that households can reduce their energy consumption to save both energy and money.

Tip No. 1 – Unplug appliances and gadgets when they are not in use.

TVs, computers, cellphone chargers, and even appliances like coffeemakers and toasters can account for up to 10 per cent of your electricity bill, adding up to costs of $100 a month per household according to CBC Canada.

Unplug devices that aren’t in use. Remember, these phantom power appliances can eat up power if they are just plugged in. You may additionally hurt the battery life of devices by leaving them plugged in after they are fully charged. Additionally, small appliances may cause more of a fire risk when left plugged in for a long time.

Tip No. 2 – Keep your money in the bank by finding cheaper ways to heat and cool your home

Heating accounts for almost two-thirds of annual energy bills in Canada. By following the tips below , you can keep your home at a comfortable temperature without sweating about the bills.

Tip No. 3 – Use appliances at maximum efficiency to make lighten your budget.

Washing and Drying:

Cold water uses less energy than hot water, and if you use a shorter cycle, you will save even more!

When using the dryer, use it for full loads, since more frequent smaller loads take longer to dry. Also, make sure the hose that connects to the wall is lint free. This will save money and prevent a fire. Consider installing a clothing line, as air drying clothes is a great way to cut back on energy and give your laundry an ultra-fresh scent.

Dishwashers:

Run the dishwasher for full loads only, and load during energy-efficient times, like right before bed.

Refrigerators:

Fill a fridge up to full capacity to be more energy efficient. Also, be careful before purchasing an older fridge as it will not be as energy efficient as a newer model. Check for spaces by closing the door on a piece of cloth. If it pulls out easily, the seal is probably worn. Replace it to keep energy and energy costs from increasing.

Water Heater:

Cut down costs by turning down the heat of your water heater. If you are using a hot water heater during the day, use a timer that will allow you to turn off the hot water heater during times you aren’t using it.

Or, if you use a tank-less water heater, the water will be heated as needed as it passes through the appliance.

Tip No. 4 – Conserve Water, one drop at a time to start saving this valuable resource.

When brushing your teeth or shampooing your hair, turn off the water when you are not using it. Also water your lawn during off-peak hours such as the early morning or late evening. Always look for energy-saving low-flow faucets your sinks and showerheads..

Trouble keeping up with home energy savings?

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