How to Save Money And Energy this Summer

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flickr/A Yee

Did you know that space heating and cooling, followed by hot water are the main energy users in Canadian homes? Here are 6 simple ways you can reduce your energy bills this summer, without breaking into a sweat.

  1. Take advantage of Time of Use rates (see image below) for electricity and run appliances like your dishwasher and dryer after 7pm on weekdays, or on weekends. See your local utility or the OEB websites for pricing.

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  1. Turn the temperature up during the day when you’re not at home (try 28-29°C). Drop it to at least 26° for when you’re home. Use fans to circulate air even when the A/C is on – they make you feel cooler and use less energy than air conditioners.
  2. Check the weather – outside of heat waves, summer nights often cool down and lose the humidity. Before going to bed, stick your head outside to see if you can open windows and shut off the A/C. Just remember to close the windows if you start the A/C back up during the day.
  3. Check your hot water tank temperature. 54-60°C is recommended by the Canada Safety Council to prevent bacteria contamination.
  4. Fix leaky faucets to reduce wasting water, and water heating energy.
  5. Take advantage of the sun and hang dry your clothes (Ontarians can get a rebate for a clothesline here).

For more savings, check with your utility for local programs, incentives, and rebates to help you save money and energy. NRCan has a database with many (though not all) programs across Canada. Here are some available in Toronto:

  • Sign onto the Peak Saver Plus program to cycle back your air conditioner during peak demand times (most likely when you’re not home).
  • If you need a new air conditioner, there’s up to $400 available for an EnergyStar model.
  • Get estimates of where your energy is being used, how you compare to other similar homes, and how you can save energy and money from Toronto Hydro.

Want help navigating the best energy and cost saving measures for your home? Let’s talk!

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