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No cost energy savings tips

Saving energy can be easy - here are some simple no-cost ways to start saving.

Natural gas

Heating and cooling your home
Heat yourself, not your home; pull on a cosy sweater or grab a blanket. Lowering the temperature on your thermostat by one degree can save about two per cent on your heating bill. Keep the heat in the house by closing the curtains at night. Alternatively, cool your home by keeping windows open at night and closing curtains during the day. Throw down a rug on exposed floors for insulation. Avoid heating spaces you are not using - turn off heat in unused rooms and close the door.

Using appliances
Turn down your water heater when you're on vacation. Many models have a "vacation" setting. Use the cold water cycle on your washing machine. About 90 per cent of the energy used for washing clothes comes from heat. Take shorter showers (five minutes or less).

Electricity

Using electronics
Unplug electronics when not in use. Many home electronics and computers still consume power, even when they're off. If your computer must be left on when you're not using it, turn off the monitor. Over half the energy used by a computer is from the monitor.

Using appliances
Hang clothes to dry. This reduces your electricity bill, improves the humidity in your home and makes clothes last longer. Get rid of that second fridge. A fridge can use up to 11 per cent of your household energy - especially older fridges (pre-1984) which can use up to five times as much energy. Avoid using the heat dry setting on your dishwasher. Let the dishes drip-dry and save on your electricity bill.

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