When the temperature drops our energy costs rise during the bleak Montreal winters.
Here are 11 ways you can manage your energy consumption in your home:
- Check for drafts around windows and doors. This is the quickest way to lose heat from your home. You can resolve this issue with new windows and doors that have an ENERGY STAR® rating.
- Invest in a programmable thermostat that will automatically set your home temperature based on your daily activities. For example, set it for 21°C when you are at home and for 18°C at night or whenever you are out of the house.
- Invest in radiant heaters that will “sense” when bodies are present but that will automatically turn down when it detects your absence.
- Lower the temperature by one or two degrees in rooms you are not regularly using.
- As appliances take up a large amount of energy in your home—your refrigerator uses an estimated 20% of your monthly energy consumption—invest in appliances with an ENERGY STAR® rating
- The temperature for refrigerators run best between 35°F – 38°F; your freezer should be as close to 0°F as possible. It’s important to defrost your freezer on a regular basis.
- Invest in a high-efficiency washing machine and dryer. As often as you can, avoid using the hot cycle. In fact “switching to cold-water clothes washing for a year can save enough energy to run an average home for up to two weeks!” Most of the time the hot cycle causes damage to clothes and serves little purpose since clothes are rarely soiled enough to warrant removal of bacteria via hot water.
- Only run your dishwasher when it is full.
- Unplug appliances and electronics you are not using. Unplugging electronics is also an excellent protection against power surges.
- Turn off your computer(s) when not in use. The screen savers can actually use more energy than any savings incurred.
- Invest in LED lighting. While LED is initially more expensive, the financial savings are well worth it in the long run.
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