Another winter is almost upon us, and Canadians need to start thinking about their yearly energy costs. There is nothing worse than dealing with Christmas credit card bills in January, and getting a second dose of shock thanks to a higher-than-expected energy bill.
Here are some tips that can help to reduce that pain and make your home more energy efficient throughout these colder months:
Get a Programmable Thermostat
You don’t need the temperature up quite so high while you are asleep, but will you remember to adjust it before bed? How about in the morning when you are stumbling around looking for coffee? A programmable thermostat will do the work for you. Higher end ones can even be controlled remotely through your smartphone. Even keeping your temperature down just a degree or two throughout the winter can save you a noticeable amount of money, while having very little effect on your comfort level.
Use Colder Water
Whenever possible, use colder water when bathing or washing clothes. If clothes are not coming out as clean as they used to with hot water, try pre-soaking them.
Even when they are not in use, electronics like televisions use power, so unplug them. A plug bar with an On/Off button makes this easy.
Make sure to always clean the lint trap before running a load of clothes in your dryer. This reduces the amount of electricity needed to effectively dry the clothes. It also reduces the possibility of fires.
Many homeowners look forward to making their houses bright and colourful for the holidays, but the related hydro costs can be enormous. LED Christmas lights look just as wonderful and use far less electricity. The upfront cost of buying new lights will be recouped in almost no time.
No one likes to get into a freezing cold car, but leaving your car idling for minutes on end with the heater blasting wastes a great deal of gas over the winter season.