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Energy Saving Tips

Use florescent light bulbs
Florescent light bulbs use 75 per cent less energy than regular light bulbs.

Turn off lights and unplug unnecessary appliances
Switching appliances off doesn’t stop them from drawing electricity, even something as small as a cell phone charger consumes energy when left plugged in.

Close the door
Fridges consume vast amounts of energy. Don’t leave the door open longer than you need to, and let heated food cool off completely before putting in the fridge. This will help to reduce the energy needed to maintain the set temperature.

Replace dirty air filters
Dirty filters limit airflow which wastes energy.

Switch to programmable thermostats
Programmable thermostats let you decide when the heating and cooling systems come on, meaning you won’t waste unnecessary energy when no one’s home.

Seal drafts
Weather-stripping or caulking around windows and doors means less work for the furnace and air-conditioner and more savings on your energy bill.

Wash clothes in cold water
Washing loads of laundry in cold water reduces the amount of energy the washer uses by 75 per cent.

Air-dry clothing
Drying clothing in the sun prolongs the item’s life and saves more than 1,000 lbs of carbon emissions.

Run washers only when full
Run your dishwasher or clothes washer only when full. Make use of the economy settings that regularly exist on these appliances

Recycle, reduce, reuse
Limit greenhouse gas emissions associated with landfills by recycling items properly and composting.

Buy local
Purchasing items made locally means less carbon emissions from transportation.

Sign-up for paperless
Register for electronic banking, billing and credit card statements to reduce paper waste.

Eat organic
In addition to being healthier, organic foods equal less pesticides, toxic runoff, water pollution and soil contamination.

Drive less
By walking, biking and carpooling you can save on gas and lower carbon dioxide emissions and other pollutants.

Turn off the tap
Turning off the water while brushing teeth can save up to 12 litres of water per minute.

Give it away
Don’t throw out unwanted household items like clothing, furniture and toys. Instead, donate your used goods to local charities that can use or resell them.

Use curtains and blinds
Keep window coverings open during the day to let the sunshine in, or close them to keep the living space cool.

Conserve water
Showering instead of bathing can significantly decrease water usage. Conserve more water by installing an energy-efficient showerhead and replacing leaky faucets.