Save Energy this Cold, Cold Winter

Zero Cost Ideas

  • Set back thermostats by 5°C at night or when you are away from home.
  • Use task lighting – higher wattage lights for tasks such as reading and lower wattage for general lighting such as watching television.
  • Computers, fax machines, TVs, CD players and cable boxes, consume energy even when not in use because of their standby features. Unplug them when you go on vacation.
  • If you have a fireplace, close the flue damper when it’s not in use.
  • Use kitchen and bathroom fans sparingly. Ventilation fans can extract all of your home’s heat in 2 to 3 hours.
  • Set the dishwasher to energy or water saver mode and air dry dishes instead of heat drying.
  • Turn off your electric water heater at the electric panel if you will be away from home for more than one week.
  • Set the temperature inside your refrigerator to the mid-level setting, usually 4°C.
  • Wash and rinse laundry in cold water.
  • Clean your dryer lint trap after each load; this will help decrease drying time and reduce the risk of fire.

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