Here Are Some Energy Saving Tips

 

LIGHTING

  • Switch off lights when leaving a room.
  • Replace incandescent bulbs with energy efficient compact florescent bulbs.
  • Keep bulbs and fixtures free of accumulated dirt.
  • Use task lighting (lights close to the point of use).
  • Install motion sensors.

APPLIANCES

  • Follow manufacturer’s instructions on use and servicing of appliances.
  • When purchasing new appliances base your selection on energy efficiency.

REFRIGERATOR/FREEZER

  • Ensure the freezer is the proper size required; an oversized unit will waste energy.
  • Set thermostats to 4° C for refrigerators and -18° C for freezers.
  • Allow no more than a 6 mm frost accumulation.
  • Clean refrigerator coils of dust regularly to allow efficient heat dissipation.
  • Ensure there is sufficient space around the unit to permit heat to escape.
  • Locate the unit away from any heat source such as a radiator or stove BUT avoid cold environments such as an unheated porch or garage.
  • Ensure that door seals are intact and airtight.
  • Open the door only when necessary.
  • Avoid overloading the unit which may prevent internal air circulation.

STOVE

  • Ensure that pot sizes match the burners used.
  • Place aluminum reflectors below stove elements to reflect heat.
  • Keep oven and stove elements and reflectors clean.
  • Ensure the oven door seals tightly.
  • When baking, open the oven only when absolutely necessary; 20 percent of the heat is lost from the oven each time the door is opened.
  • Use an electric kettle rather than a stove-top model.
  • Use a microwave oven, pressure cooker, slow cooker or steamer.

CLOTHES DRYER

  • Purchase a dryer that shuts off automatically when the clothes are dry.
  • Be sure that your dryer is vented to the outdoors.
  • When removing clothes from the washer, separate and shake before loading them in the dryer.
  • Avoid over-drying clothes and set the air temperature as low as possible.
  • Clean the lint filter after each load. Remove lint from the dryer motor, drum and pipes yearly.
  • Don’t overload the dryer.

DISHWASHER

  • Clean the dishwasher screen regularly.
  • Use dishwashers only for full loads and eliminate the drying cycle.

GENERAL

  • Use cold water when doing the wash and always do full loads.
  • Use timers on devices like block heaters, supplementary electric heat and outdoor lighting. Block heaters only require a couple of hours to do their job.
  • Lower the setting on your thermostat.
  • If an appliance, TV, VCR or computer does not have to be on, turn it off.

Each fall have your heating system checked by a qualified technician. Check and insulate your attic, walls, ceilings and seal holes and cracks. It is especially important to caulk windows, seal outlets and weatherstrip around door frames.

 

“When Quality Counts”