You like to save money right? Well, why not try to save the planet at the same time!
- If your power isn’t from hydroelectric generating plants, it’s most likely produced by burning some form of natural resource, thereby producing emissions, which are harmful to our environment.
- When homes are more energy efficient, less electricity is needed so utilities don’t have to generate as much, which cuts down on pollution.
- Using less electricity also saves you money, which is a nice bonus!
Here’s a few simple and inexpensive things you can do to cut down on the amount of electricity your home uses.
Turn off unnecessary lights
Two 100-watt incandescent bulbs switched off an extra two hours per day could save you $15 over a year. Better yet, switch to LED.
Take shorter showers
Hot water is expensive. If two people in your home cut their shower time by a minute each, you could save $30 or more over a year.
Not home? Turn off the air conditioner
Turn off that old window air conditioner for five hours a day while you’re away. Do that for 60 days over the summer and you’ll save $16. (If you have a pet at home and it’s really hot, you may not want to do this though.)
Unplug unused electronics
Did you know that standby power can account for 10% of an average household’s annual electricity use? Unplugging unused electronics can save $50 a year.
Those are just 4 simple and inexpensive things you can do to make your home more energy efficient. If you’d like some more ideas, check out Hydro Ottawa’s “Tips to Save” page HERE
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