Energy Saving Tips
Heating and cooling accounts for about 60 per cent of an average home’s energy costs.
Tips for the winter months
Install a programmable thermostat with a built-in timer. You can set it to lower the heat by a few degrees at night and when you are away.
Check for drafts and leaks. Caulking and weather-stripping are simple and inexpensive solutions that will prevent heat from escaping the home.
Clean the air filter on your furnace every month to improve efficiency.
Tips for the summer months
- Avoid running your air conditioner from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays as much as possible. If you are home during this peak period, try cooling off with a fan first.
- Cool your home to 25°C instead of the low 20s. Use a portable fan and/or ceiling fan in conjunction with your air conditioner to stay cool.
- Use timers to operate swimming pool pumps, filters and heaters during off-peak periods when prices are lowest. Keep the filter clean for greater efficiency.
- Use a solar blanket to keep swimming pools warm overnight. Alternatively, solar pool heaters (approximately $3000 to $5000) can be a cost-effective purchase when you consider the costs of equipment, installation and fuel for a traditional heater.
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