General Ideas | In the Laundry Room | In the Kitchen | In the Bathroom
In the Yard | When Travelling | Heating and Cooling your home

General Ideas:

  • Have EnSegs do an energy assessment.
  • Schedule a time to implement the results of the energy audit.
  • Install a programmable thermostat.
  • Upgrade your hot water heater, consider a solar hot water solution.
  • Look at Energy Guide ratings when you make purchasing decisions about energy efficient appliances.
  • Look for phantom loads. Unplug electronic devices that draw power when they’re turned off.
  • Use task lighting instead of overhead lighting.
  • Install motion sensors to turn lights on and off automatically. Install dimmer switches.
  • Upgrade to ENERGY STAR® appliances.
  • Fix any dripping faucets and pay special attention to the hot water ones.

In the Laundry Room:

Hanging towels to dry in the sun, laundry line, solar modules in backgroundYour dryer is likely the largest consumer of electricity in your home.

 

  • If possible use a clothesline to dry your clothes!
  • In the winter consider hanging a few towels in the house to dry, this helps with low humidity if you are using a gas furnace.
  • Don’t forget to clean your dryers lint trap after each load of laundry.
  • Use wool dryer balls to shrink your drying time.
  • Do your laundry in the evenings or on the weekends when the demand for electricity is lower.
  • In Alberta, if you have a solar array you can reduce your consumption charges by doing the laundry when the array is producing power.
  • When doing laundry use cold water instead of hot water.
  • Adjust the water level on the washing machine so that the water level matches the load size.
  • Only use the laundry when you are using full loads.

In the Kitchen:

  • Use the smallest appliance necessary when cooking, i.e., the toaster oven or microwave instead of the oven.
  • Try slow cooking. It will reduces energy use even though cooking times are longer.
  • Use a lid when cooking with pots or pans, the food will cook much faster.
  • Before opening the oven door use the oven light to check on the progress.
  • Set your dishwasher to air dry (select a “no heat” dry setting) and only use it when it’s full.
  • Trade in your old refrigerator and freezer for an energy efficient models and think smaller is better.
  • Allow hot food to cool before placing it in your refrigerator.
  • Thaw frozen foods in the refrigerator. This reduces the damage to the texture of the product and reduce the likelihood that the product will spoil.
  • Vacuum your refrigerator coils. That’s if you still haven’t upgraded that old inefficient refrigerator!
  • Use the oven’s self-cleaning option after cooking to take advantage of the existing heat.
  • Rinse your dishes in a sink of clean water, not under hot running water.

In the Bathroom:

  • Take short 5 minute showers and install low-flow shower heads.

In the Yard:

  • Landscape for energy savings. Plant coniferous trees on the north side to protect from winter winds. Plant deciduous trees to shade the south-facing windows in the summer.
  • Use a manual push lawn mower.
  • Use solar-powered outdoor lights.

When Travelling:

  • Put your lights on timers so that you don’t have to leave them on the entire time you are away.
  • Lower the temperature of your water heater for the time you are away.
  • Unplug any devices that don’t need to be on, i.e., does your coffee maker have a light and clock? Does you laptops need to be plugged in?

Heating and Cooling your Home:

  • Have your air conditioning and furnace serviced.
  • Clean your air conditioning condenser of any dirt or debris.
  • Clean or replace your furnace filter every month during the summer and every 2-3 months in the winter.
  • Keep all air registers or radiators free of obstructions that block air flow.
  • Add insulation of your house. The easiest place is often the attic.
  • Stop air leaks in your house by adding weather stripping around the outside doors and installing foam gaskets behind plugs and light switches.
  • Consider installing a geothermal heat pump (more information).
  • Consider installing a ground-source heat pump. You can produce at least two-thirds of the energy needed to heat your home this way, meaning savings of 30 to 70 per cent off your home heating costs.
  • Insulate as much of the hot water piping that you can access. Usually the pipe running to the hot water tanks.
  • Open a window or use fans to move air around your home; thus, reducing the need for air conditioning.
  • Open the blinds or curtains on sunny winter days to let the sun in and add warmth to your home.
  • Set your air conditioner to a higher temperature when at home and even higher or turn it off when away.
  • In the winter set your thermostat at 20°C or below when your at home; and lower it further at night.
  • Install solar reflective film on your south facing windows to keep the sun’s heat out of the house.
  • Think about purchasing insulated drapes or energy-saving cellular honeycomb blinds.

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