Handy Energy Tips

1. Make certain that everyone turns off the lights when leaving the room. For extra incentive, charge 25 cents when a person leaves a room without shutting off the lights.
2. If your children have the bad habit of leaving the basement lights on, unscrew half the light bulbs in the basement. Now, if they leave them on it’s not so wasteful or costly. The light bulbs left should provide plenty of light for playing.
3. A dimmer switch will save on light bills.
4. To save money, reduce the wattage of the bulbs you use.
5. It is more economical to use one large bulb rather than several small ones. A 100-watt bulb gives as much light as six 25-watt bulbs, but uses less than 2/3 the power.
6. When your night light bulb needs replacing, use a Christmas tree light bulb — it’s the same size.
7. Don’t forget the light bulbs when dusting. A dusty bulb will give off up to 50 per cent less light.
8. Use electric tea kettles, electric skillets and electric woks. They use less energy than stove top kettles, skillets and woks.
9. To save energy, do not preheat the oven before cooking casseroles or meat dishes.
10. For foods which require a long cooking time, it is more economical to use the oven than a burner on top of the stove.
11. Conserve energy by cooking the entire meal in the oven.
12. When cooking dinner in the oven, cook your canned vegetables by removing the label, taking off the lid and cooking in the tin can in the oven for about 15 minutes.
13. When baking, oven heat can be lowered 25 degrees if you use glass or ceramic baking dishes, which retain heat better than other materials.
14. Do not fill the kettle to the brim before boiling if only a few cups of water are needed. Boil only what you need.
15. Operating the dishwasher only once a day will consume less water and electricity.
16. To save on power, wash bath towels in cold water.
17. Partially dry bath towels in the dryer, then hang on chair backs or a clotheshorse to finish the job. This will save energy and will add humidity to the house.
18. Throw a dry bath towel into the dryer when drying a load. Laundry will dry a lot quicker, therefore saving power and wear on the dryer.
19. Instead of using the dryer, hang clothes outside to dry. In the winter, set up a clothes line in your basement.
20. Clean the dryer vent after every load to reduce energy use.
21. By purchasing a simple dryer vent control device, you can use the heat from the dryer for your basement or garage.
22. Use a 24-hour timer for your car block heater and interior warmer.
23. Installing a transient voltage surge suppressor at the electrical panel could save money when using household appliances.
24. Use your bathroom fans sparingly in the winter. The fans remove warm air.
25. Run the furnace fan constantly during cold weather to reduce your heating bill.
26. Keep your furnace well tuned. A slipping belt can reduce the efficiency of your furnace by as much as 50 per cent.
27. Be certain your furnace has the proper amount of oxygen for maximum heat from your fuel.
28. Place aluminum foil behind each of your radiators. It will reflect heat back into the room instead of allowing the wall to absorb it.
29. Turn down the thermostat Mien you go out for the day.
30. Spray the furnace filter with furniture polish to increase the amount of dust it picks up.
31. Before retiring for the night turn down your thermostat to 16-17° C (60-65° F).
32. To save fuel costs, install a set-back thermostat so that the temperature is maintained at a lower level while sleeping or when no one is home during the day. The initial investment is paid back in a short time through lower heating bills.
33. Close off heat and doors to unused rooms.
34. Keep your closet doors closed. There is no need to heat or cool them.
35. Cover your basement windows with some inexpensive material for the winter so heat is not lost through the glass and frame.
36. Draw your drapes closed and open only during sunny periods to conserve heat in the winter.
37. In the winter, block off radiators and open drapes on the sunny side of the house. This will keep the rooms on that side of the house warm.
38. On older homes use plastic inside or outside to cover windows and frames to help cut drafts and cold.
39. Seal your windows in the winter to conserve heat.
40. If you have a milk chute which is not in use, pack it with fibreglass insulation to prevent drafts and frost buildup.
41. White foam meat trays can be washed, cut to size and fitted under wall switches etc. to prevent drafts.
42. Remove baseboards and caulk crack between wall and floor to prevent drafts along outside walls.
43. Make certain that your house is properly insulated and all air drafts plugged to prevent heat loss in the winter.
44. To help stop heat loss from the foundation of your house during the winter, shovel three or four feet of snow up against the side of the house to act as insulation.
45. Insulating the outside walls of your basement will pay for itself after three winters.
46. Keep blinds pulled down and drapes closed in the summer to keep the house cool and cut down on air conditioner use.
47. Keep your hot water heater in the mid range.
48. Turning down your hot water heater several degrees can save you a great deal of money over a year and it could also save you from scalds.
49. If you have to run the water forever until it gets hot, wrap your hot water pipes in an easy-to-apply foam blanket, available at hardware or building supply stores. Not only will you save on the water bill, but your hot water heating costs will be reduced too.
50. Adjust the float on your toilet so that you use less water when flushing.
51. Set a liner inside your toilet tank to conserve water.
52. Take a five minute shower (50 liters) instead of a bath (150 liters). Remember that less than 1% of Earth’s water is available for our use.
53. Turn your water valves on and off every six months to keep them in working order. A stuck valve can cause a flood.
54. Have a timer near the telephone in order to limit long-distance phone bills. Set the timer for a predetermined length and stick to it.