This section contains excellent energy
saving tips that can be incorporated into your daily
lifestyle at little or no inconvenience to you. For more
information, please visit the
Government of Canada's One-Tonne Challenge website.
If you live in the United States, please visit the
Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.
Lower Your Thermostat. - If you have electrical heaters, for
every 1°C (2°F) you lower your thermostat, you’ll save
2% on your heating bill. For optimal savings, reduce
your thermostat by 3°C (5°F) at night and when you are
Use Caulking and Weather stripping
- If you added up all the cracks and holes of
exterior walls for a typical home, there would be a hole
the size of a basketball in the side of your house.
Caulking or weather-stripping to get rid of drafts and
leaks can reduce your home heating needs by as much 20%.
For maximum results, seal around windows and doors,
baseboards, attic hatches, outdoor electrical outlets
Insulation, Insulation, Insulation
- If not already done, it would be wise to
adequately insulate your basement and attic. Using
proper insulation in these two areas alone can reduce an
electrical bill by as much as 30%.
Use Your Curtains Wisely - Keep your curtains open during the days in
winter. This allows solar energy into your home and can
save you up to 5% on your heating costs.
Remove Window Air Conditioners During Winter
Months - If the air conditioners are fixed in place, seal
them with caulking or tape and cover them with an
airtight, insulated jacket to avoid heat loss.
Use Fans - Fans should always be your first line of defense
against summer heat. A 60-watt ceiling fan costs between
8¢ and $1.50 per month to operate while an air
conditioner can cost between $7 and $40 per month.
Set Your Air Conditioner - Set your air conditioner at 24°C and raise it
when you go out. For each degree set below 24°C, you use
3-5% more energy. This recommended setting will give you
the most comfort at the least cost.
Clean that Filter - You should clean your air conditioner every
month. A dirty air filter reduces air flow and may
damage the unit. Clean filters allow the unit to cool
down quicker and use less energy.