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Low cost energy saving tips

Making some small investments in your home can equal big energy savings. Here are some inexpensive and quick ways to save energy and save money.

Natural gas

Heating and cooling your home

A programmable thermostat offers pre-programmed settings to regulate your home's temperature in summer and winter - when you're asleep or away. A ceiling fan will help relieve summer heat and uses a fraction of the energy of an air conditioner. If you use an air conditioner, clean its filter every month to ensure maximum efficiency.

Insulating your home

Foam outlet insulators seal and insulate the wall cavities behind outlet & switch plates, creating a barrier from the living space. Install them on switches and plates on outside walls.

Weather-stripping and caulking

All of the small cracks and holes combined in a home can amount to the equivalent energy of leaving a door open. Weather-stripping will block air leakage around doors, windows and attic hatches. Caulking sealants are better for smaller air leaks located around non-opening windows, baseboards and door trim.

Sealing windows and doors

An inexpensive way to improve winter insulation is to apply a thin plastic film over the entire window and frame. Window insulation kits can be bought at home improvement stores. Installing a door sweep can prevent drafts by improving the door seal when it's closed.

Electricity

Using electronics

Even when turned off, most electronics continue to consume energy. Connect your electronics together on a power bar, which when turned off shuts power off at the outlet source, saving you energy and money. When buying office equipment, look for the ENERGYSTAR® label.

Lighting your home

Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFLs) can reduce lighting costs by 75% and last up to 10 times longer than standard incandescent light bulbs. For other lighting needs, consider using LED lights, which are 90% more efficient than standard lights.

Using appliances

When buying new appliances, the EnerGuide label will tell you how much energy they consume. The lower the EnerGuide number, the less energy the appliance uses. Appliances with the ENERGYSTAR® label are the most energy efficient.

Water

Insulation for water

Add insulation to exposed hot water pipes to reduce heat loss as water travels from your hot water tank to your taps.

Using water

You can replace large-volume toilets with units that only use six litres or less per flush. A low-flow showerhead can also significantly reduce water use when showering.

Learn more about water efficient fixtures, water leak and tap repairs - visit indoor water conservation.

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