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January 15th, 2018

Simple Ways to Reduce Energy Consumption…And Save Money While You’re at It!

Because your primary concern may be keeping your family warm during these seasonally, record-breaking low temperatures, your first instinct may be to crank up the heat in your home. Unfortunately, according to Milton Hydro, this will also increase your heating costs by about 5% for every degree you set your thermostat above 20° C. So – how do you save some money while still staying warm in your home this winter?

  1. Install a programmable thermostat that you can adjust according to your work/home schedule.
    o Here is a general guide for the recommended thermostat settings during the winter season:
    – 21° C when relaxing
    – 20° C when exercising or cleaning the house
    – 18° C when sleeping
    – 16° C when away for an extended period of time
  2. Properly maintain your heating system.
    o This includes scheduling an appointment with a technician to have your unit serviced and replacing filters as needed.
  3. Reduce heat loss in your home.
    o The most common areas of heat loss are fireplaces, drafty windows or air leaks, which may occur in unfinished spaces or utility pipes, such as vents.
  4. Install a heat pump.
    o This will cost you some money to install but will save you more in the long term. Heat pumps are used both in the cold and hot seasons and heat pumps pull heat out of the air or ground to heat a home or office building, but they can be reversed to cool a building, therefore reducing your energy consumption.
  5. Replace old appliances.
    o Older appliances are not energy efficient, so if it’s time to replace them, upgrade to appliances that can considerably lower the energy consumption in your home.

There are many other small changes you can make around the home that will make a big impact in the long run. Follow these steps to reduce overall energy consumption and save money while you’re at it!

– Unplug electronics when not in use
– Do your laundry during off-peak hours
– Use your toaster oven rather than your oven, if possible
– Use a slow cooker, which reduces energy consumption
– Keep the refrigerator coils clean for greater energy efficiency
– Take shorter showers
– Insulate your water pipes
– Open your drapes and take advantage of the sun’s heat
– Use insulated drapes to keep heat inside your home
– Use energy-efficient light bulbs