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Energy & Water Saving Tips

HEATING

Recommended to turn thermostats back 7 to 10 degrees C from their normal setting for 8 hours per day to achieve annual savings of up to 10%. Furnaces should not be turned off in the winter. Raising the temperature slowly will help keep your bill lower.
Don’t block baseboard heaters. Ensure furniture and window coverings are away from the heaters.
Clean and replace filters in the furnace at a minimum every 3 months. Check regularly during high heating months. A dirty filter slows down air flow and the system must work harder resulting in higher costs.
In colder weather, open curtains facing the sun; close curtains/blinds at night.
Consider adding a plastic cover on windows.
Leave bedroom doors open to increase air circulation.

APPLIANCES

Use microwave and toaster ovens to cook or warm leftovers.
Keep the oven door closed when cooking, the temperature can drop as many as 25 degrees each time you open it. Ceiling fans set clockwise can save as much as 10% on heating.
Clean the dryer lint after each load to keep your dryer running efficiently.

ELECTRONICS

Plug in home electronics into a power bar; turn power bar off or use timers for when the equipment is not in use.

LIGHTING

Use LED bulbs. Turn off incandescent lights when you are not in the room; 90% of the energy is given off as heat, only about 10% results in light.

WATER

Wash only full loads of dishes in the dishwasher.
Air dry dishes instead of using your dishwasher’s drying cycle. Open the door after the rinse cycle and let them dry naturally. This can cut 15% to 50% of energy use (depending on the machine). Avoid using the rinse hold settings on the dishwasher as this feature uses 3-7 more gallons of hot water per use.
Take shorter showers. If you reduce daily shower time by 4 minutes per day you can save up to 3,650 gallons annually.
Report leaks such as toilets running or leaky faucets. One leaky faucet can waste the equivalent of 7,881 litres of bottles per year.
Regularly remove scale build up on faucets and showerheads. Fixtures maintained regularly will run efficiently.
Wash only full loads of clothes; wash in cold water. Air dry clothes.