Energy is there when we need it. The flip of a switch or the click of a remote is all it takes to get what we need. What about conserving our energy use?
Energy Saving Tip #11
Seal air leaks. Sealing air leaks can result in up to 30% energy savings.
Energy Saving Tip #12
Add an insulating blanket to older water heaters. This could reduce standby heat losses by 25%–45% and save about 4%–9% in water heating costs.
Energy Saving Tip #13
Older appliances are often less energy efficient. Replace them with ENERGY STAR products.
Energy Saving Tip #14
Use microwaves and toaster ovens to cook or warm leftovers. You’ll use less energy than cooking with a conventional oven.
Energy Saving Tip #15
Clean/replace filters in furnace every 3 months. A dirty filter slows down air flow and makes the system work harder.
Energy Saving Tip #16
Open curtains facing the sun; close curtains/blinds at night.
Energy Saving Tip #17
Take shorter showers. A typical shower head spits out an average of 9.5 litres per minute. Reducing your shower time by 4 minutes per day may save 13,816 litres annually if you shower once a day.
Energy Saving Tip #18
Insulate hot water pipes. This reduces heat loss and can raise water temperature 1-2°C hotter than uninsulated pipes, allowing you to also lower your water temperature setting, for additional savings.
Energy Saving Tip #19
Clean the dryer lint filter regularly to keep your dryer running efficiently. Don’t forget the tubing. Use the long nozzle on your vacuum periodically to clean out particles that get beyond the filter.
Energy Saving Tip #20
Set your computer to sleep or hibernate mode instead of using a screen saver so it uses less electricity during periods of inactivity. ENERGY STAR® estimates that using these features can reduce your electric bill by up to $30 annually.
Energy Saving Tip #1
Air dry dishes instead of using your dishwasher’s drying cycle. Just open the door after the rinse cycle and let Mother Nature do the rest. If you run your dishes in the evening, you can wake up to dry dishes without a single kilowatt being used. Doing this can cut dishwasher energy use 15-50%, depending on the machine.
Energy Saving Tip #2
Lower the thermostat on your water heater to 48°C. Potential annual savings of $12-$30 for every 1ºC you reduce the temperature.
Energy Saving Tip #3
Wash only full loads of dishes and clothes.
Energy Saving Tip #4
Plug home electronics into power strips; turn the power strips off when the equipment is not in use. Phantom energy does exist.
Energy Saving Tip #5
Insulate heating ducts. In a typical house 20-30% of the air moving through the duct system is lost due to leaks.
Energy Saving Tip #6
Install low-flow shower heads. For maximum water efficiency, select a shower head with a flow rate of less than 2.5 gpm.
Energy Saving Tip #7
Use Energy Star-qualified CFL and LED bulbs. These LEDs and CFLs use 20-25% of the energy of traditional incandescent bulbs.
Energy Saving Tip #8
Want to change an energy habit? Power of Habit author Charles Duhigg says you need to identify the cue that prompts the behavior and then create a reward to make a permanent change.
Energy Saving Tip #9
Turn off incandescent lights when you are not in the room. 90% of the energy they use is given off as heat, and only about 10% results in light.
Energy Saving Tip #10
Install a programmable thermostat to lower utility bills and manage your heating and cooling systems efficiently. Turning your thermostat back 1° to 5° for 8 hours can save 5%-15% a year on your heating bill.
Why do electronic devices like laptops and televisions use electricity when they're plugged in but no one's using them?
It's called "phantom energy."
All of the things in our home or car that are plugged in can be using energy, even when not in use or turned off. Phantom energy can be scary for the energy bill, but no actual phantoms or ghosts are involved. Our devices keep using energy in this state because all of those electronics are standing by, ready to jump back to life when you need them. In fact, your TV’s phantom (or standby) usage can make up to 10% of its total power usage.