There is perhaps nothing more annoying than receiving a high energy bill, especially when you have had as many heat waves as we have had this summer.Â While some of this might be obvious, we thought it might be a good idea give refresher on a couple ways to cut energy costs.
- Close the blinds and curtains
While it may make it a little dark in the home, closing the blinds and curtains will keep the sun and any excessive heat out. This action will in turn prevent the air conditioner from having to run more frequently and for longer periods of time. If your home doesnâ€™t have an air conditioner, it will also help keep the room temperature at bay in the home.
Try running them on off peak times. Hydro companies charge less during these hours â€“ check your service provider for rates and times.
Also, if budget permits, consider purchasing or replacing your appliances with green energy efficient products.Â You may also find that there are added incentives and discounts from manufacturers when purchasing such products.
- Power Bars, electronics and lights
Make sure to turn off power bars, unplug electronics and turn off lights when not in use. You may be surprised at the amount of energy being used by them.Â Making this simple change will help to decrease your energy usage, helping to lower your costs.
- Water Heater
Turn down your water heater! WhileÂ we all enjoy having hot water, you may be surprised to find that you can still achieve the water temperature you desire even with your water heater set at a lower temperature. Remember: keeping it at a high temperature requires a significant more amount of energy.
Maintaining your home, its devices and appliances play an important role in energy efficiency. When your appliances arenâ€™t maintained properly, they donâ€™t run as efficiently and this can contribute to increased energy costs.
For coupons and more tips on saving energy visit www.saveonenergy.ca.Â This is a great resource for any home owner.