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.