Energy Tips

Top 10 energy saving tips


1. Use CFL or LED Bulbs

One compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL) or light emitting diode (LED) can save you three times its purchase cost in electricity. CFLs last up to 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs and can use up to 75% less electricity. You can replace an incandescent 100W light bulb with an 18W - 23W compact fluorescent and still get the same amount of light. See more tips on LED lighting.


2. Install a Programmable Thermostat
During the heating season, set your programmable thermostat to automatically lower the heat by a few degrees at night or when you are away. If you have air conditioning, you can use your programmable thermostat during the cooling season to automatically turn it off or increase the temperature when you are not at home. Your energy savings will easily pay for the cost of the thermostat in the first year.


3a. Replace Your Old Refrigerator or Freezer
Refrigerators and freezers are two of the biggest electricity users in your home - these old, inefficient appliances can cost well over $10/month in electricity. When purchasing a new one, be sure to check the EnerGuide label and look for the ENERGY STAR® symbol so you are certain of energy savings when making your buying decision.

3b. Get Rid of Your Second Refrigerator
It may be convenient having an extra refrigerator, but those cold beverages are costing you every day...up to $125 per year.

4. Wash Your Laundry in Cold Water
You can save energy and money by washing all of your laundry in cold water. If you currently both wash and rinse in warm water, and you switch entirely to cold, you could save over $14 a month (based on electric water heating). There are many laundry detergents designed specifically for cold water washing.

5. Look for the ENERGY STAR® Label
ENERGY STAR® is an international symbol that identifies many energy efficient products. The ENERGY STAR® symbol helps businesses and consumers identify products that are at the "top of their class" in terms of energy efficiency.

6. Eliminate Drafts in Your Home
Air leakage around windows, doors, vents and electrical outlets can account for as much as 25% of your total heating costs. That means there are significant savings available if you caulk and weather-strip windows, doors, dryer and other vents, and install insulated plates on electrical outlets.


7. Install Insulation
You can save energy and money by increasing the amount of insulation in your home, to keep it warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. The attic and basement are good places to start, because those areas represent as much as 15% - 30% of your home's overall heating and cooling losses. Upgrading insulation levels is one of the smartest energy saving investments you can make.

8. Use Motion Sensor Switches and Timers
To avoid leaving your outside lights on for long periods of time, install a motion sensor that turns the lights on automatically when someone approaches the house and then turns the lights off after a pre-set period of time. Install timers on selected lights to avoid leaving lights on around the clock and to make your home look occupied when you are away.


9 Rely on Your Fans
Use fans instead of air conditioning when possible. Ceiling and portable fans cost pennies to operate and can lower the temperature in the room by up to 2°C. In the winter set your fan on reverse to circulate warm air.


10. Use LED Lighting during the holiday season 
Using LED lights both inside and outside your home, during the holiday season, is a great way to conserve energy and save money. LED lights use up to 95% less energy and last at least seven times longer than regular lights. There are no filaments or glass bulbs to break, and they produce very little heat. Seasonal LED bulbs come in a variety of shapes and colours.

Resources and Links

Kilowatt Way

Explore Kilowatt Way - answer 4 questions to discover how you use energy at home and how to save.

LED Bulb

View all coupons and get more tips on how to use energy wisely.

Energy Conservation Handbook

Download/View our Energy Conservation Handbook - a handy, easy to follow guide to saving energy year-round at home or work. Discover 100s of ideas on what to do both inside and outside your home, and a season-by-season guide.

saveonenrgy interactive home

Explore the saveONenergy interactive home. In each room you will find a number of different tips and programs designed to help you save energy. Let them know which tips you are already doing and they'll tell how you can do even more to saveONenergy at home.

Ministry of Energy Tips

Ontario's Ministry of Energy website provides additional tips on how you can save energy at home.

Energy Star Logo

Look for the ENERGY STAR symbol - it indicates that a product meets or exceeds high efficiency standards. Currently, more than 70 product categories can qualify for the symbol and, typically, a certified model is in the top 15 to 30 percent of its class for energy performance.
Visit the ENERGY STAR website to find which products are qualified as well as more ways you can save energy.

EnerGuide Label

EnerGuide is the official mark of the Government of Canada for its energy performance rating and labeling program for key consumer items--houses, light-duty vehicles, and certain energy-using products.

The information provided by EnerGuide allows consumers to compare different models with confidence. The data may be a rating number based on a standard measure or a verified average of energy consumption.


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