Tips & Hints

  1. Increase your air conditioner temperature by one degree. Believe it or not, it could mean significant savings over the long run. Your air conditioner uses three to five per cent more energy for each degree that your air conditioner is set below 75 degrees Fahrenheit (24C)? So, set your thermostat to 77 degrees Fahrenheit (25C) to provide the most comfort at the least cost.
  2. Opening windows in the summer costs nothing, but it can save a lot of energy and money. Consider keeping your windows open in the evening and overnight to allow cooler air into your home, and don’t forget to turn off your air conditioner. Close the windows during the day to keep the cool air in and the warm air out.
  3. Replace air filters every month. Clogged filters mean your air conditioner works harder.
  4. Install a programmable thermostat if you don’t have one already, set the times and temperatures to match your schedule. Also, consider installing an automatic setback thermostat that turns off your air conditioner at night.
  5. Have a look at your foundation walls. If you have an unfinished basement or crawlspace, check for air leaks by looking for spider webs. If there’s a web, there’s a draft. A large amount of heat is also lost from an un-insulated basement.
  6. Ceiling fans use less electricity than air conditioners or furnaces. For example, a ceiling fan costs about five cents an hour to operate, which is much less than an air conditioner.sprinkler

Water Conservation Tips

  1. Check for leaking or dripping faucets. An ongoing drip can waste up to a bucket of water a day, or 300 litres every month. If you find any leaks, replacing the washer may do the trick unless your faucets are really old, in which case you may need to get a plumber to fix them.
  2. Machine-wash laundry and dishes only when you have a full load. Alternatively, wash a small amount of dishes by hand in a sink half-filled with water. Never wash under a running faucet, as you use double the quantity of water that way.
  3. A leaking tank can waste a substantial amount of water each month without you knowing it. One easy way to see if your toilet is leaking is to add a bit of food colouring to the water in your toilet’s reservoir tank. Next, wait for a few hours. If your tank is leaking the food colouring will eventually make it’s way into the toilet bowl, providing you with a clear indication that a leak is present. Ask your local plumbing services to inspect your toilet for leaks and fix the problem if necessary.
  4. Collect runoff rainwater from your downspouts in buckets and use that for watering your plants. If you have a big area of lawn to maintain, connect a length of plastic piping from your bathroom outlet to the grass and let each bath or shower nourish the grass. These connections are simple enough to do yourself, so you don’t need to get plumbing services to install them.
  5. Install a tankless water heater. If you are remodeling your bathroom, now is a good time to shift from water heaters that use lots of water and energy to keep it hot, to point-of-use heaters that provide just the quantity of warm water that you need. Check with your local plumbing services to see whether this is a practical option for your home.

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