Utility bills getting out of control? Then take a look at our energy savings tips below. Following some or all of these tips will help reduce the amount of electricity you consume, which reduces how much you pay!
- During the daytime, keeping your blinds or curtains open allows natural light to enter, reducing the need for having lights turned on.
- Only run your dishwasher when it is full.
- When doing laundry, try not to over-wash the clothes and rinse them in cold water.
- Turn off any lights that you do not need on.
- Turn off any electronic equipment, such as your computer, when you are not using it.
- During our cold winters, have your block heater plugged into a timer.
- When possible, use Light-Emitting Diode (LED) light bulbs. These bulbs typically last around five times longer and use less electricity than their traditional counterparts.
- Consider replacing older appliances with newer, more efficient ones.
Summer Energy-Saving Tips:
- Give your dryer a break and try hanging your clothes to dry.
- When it is cooler in the mornings or evenings try opening up windows to cool your home down instead of turning on an air conditioner.
- Shelter sun-exposed windows with awnings and shrubbery.
- Consider shutting off some appliances when you are on holidays.
- Ceiling and floor fans are a great investment. They circulate the air to cool the room and cost pennies per hour to operate.
- Why heat up your home by using the stove? Go outside and use your barbeque or fire pit.
Winter Energy-Saving Tips:
- Make sure walls, attics and floors are filled with adequate insulation.
- Install a setback thermostat that controls heating costs by automatically lowering the heat when no one's home. For every degree you lower your thermostat, you save three percent on your bill.
- Close off heat and doors to unused rooms. Keep closet doors closed - you don't need to heat them.
- Caulk, weather-strip and use foam to seal air leaks. Pay special attention to the areas around windows and doors; where pipes enter walls; around light switch and outlet boxes and anywhere two materials meet.
- To help reduce home heating demand, consider using motorized air intake and outlet dampeners, minimizing the exchange of air through openings and ducts.
- Keep your furnace clean. Change or clean your filter monthly during the heating season. Washable filters should be completely dry before replacing them in the filter rack.
- Have your system checked yearly by a professional. Regular maintenance helps keep it working efficiently and safely.
All members are free to purchase electricity services through EQUS’ regulated rate tariff or from a retailer of their choice. The delivery of electricity to you is not affected by your choice. If you change who you purchase electricity services from, you will continue receiving electricity from EQUS. For a current list of retailers you may choose from, visit http://www.ucahelps.alberta.ca or call 310.4822 (toll free in Alberta).