When not in use, turn off lights, TVs and other appliances.
Dust your light fixtures regularly as dirt can absorb light and reduce brightness.
Change to LED lights:
LED’s last up to 10,000 hours: that’s over 20 years if you leave your lights on 8 hours per day.
About 80 – 90% more efficient than a regular incandescent light bulb.
LED lights are free of toxic chemicals and close to no UV emissions.
LED lights can be switched off and on frequently, without affecting the LED’s lifetime or light emission.
When possible, use smaller appliances such as a toaster oven or microwave instead of the range as they use less energy.
Preheat the oven only when baking as most foods can be cooked properly without preheating the oven.
Set the temperature inside your refrigerator between 2°C and 3°C (35°F to 38°F). Freezers should operate at - 18°C (0°F). You may use up to 25% more energy from keeping the temperatures 5°C (9°F) colder than the recommended levels.
Allow hot foods and leftover meals to cool before putting them into the fridge or freezer.
If your freezer is not full, fill plastic containers with water and freeze them. This can also help keep food frozen in the event of a power outage.
Unplug electronic devices when you are not using them to eliminate standby power loss.
Timers can be used for devices that are not used on a regular basis to reduce standby power loss.
Buy energy efficient electronics or appliances that has the ENERGY STAR label to reduce energy use even in standby mode.
Avoid using space heaters. Small electric heaters can use about 3,000 watts (about 10,000 BTU/hr) and larger ones may use over 11,000 watts (about 40,000 BTU/hr). This means that a small space heater spends about four times more energy than a refrigerator and about 120 times more than a microwave. Also, space heaters pose a much higher risk of fire, death, and injury than central heating.
IN THE SUMMER
Increase your air conditioner temperature by one degree to lower your electricity bill by up to five per cent.
When it’s cool outside, open the windows and turn off your air conditioner.
Replace air filters every month. Clogged filters mean your air conditioner has to work harder. Proper maintenance of your air conditioner can increase its efficiency by about five percent.
Install a programmable thermostat if you don’t have one already. Set the times and temperatures to match your schedule.
Open more than one window to create a breezy airflow and use fans instead of air conditioner if possible.