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Tips to reduce energy, pollution, and save money
  • checklistInstall a programmable thermostat (free from Burlington Hydro along with a whole house electricity monitor). To learn more including how you can donate your Peak Saver Plus savings to BurlingtonGreen please click here.

  • Replace incandescent light bulbs with LED or CFL as they burn out

  • Seal cracks and holes

  • Insulate water heater tank

  • Increase wall/attic insulation

  • Change from electric or gas water heater to Instant gas water heater

  • Change from rental to purchased water heater

  • Replace fridge or freezer with Energy Star

  • Add ceiling fan

  • Replace heating or cooling system with Energy Star products

BONUS Tip...Replace windows!

SaveONenergy

saveonenergy logoOntario's SaveONenergy program has an energy saving house tour you can take here. 

We summarized the savings from that tour below. Since the time the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) created the page, electricity prices have risen from $0.10/kWh to a $0.175/kWh On-peak rate (as of late 2015), so the savings would be even more.



SaveONenergy Website Recommendations

Annual Savings

Cost $:

Energy kWh:

Weatherstripping

$468.81

4688.10

Weatherstripping helps reduce air leaks and can reduce your home's heating and cooling needs by up to 20%.

Furnace

$389.27

3892.70

Having a licensed HVAC professional service your furnace once each year can improve your unit's efficiency by up to 20%.

Programmable. Thermostats

$234.41

2344.05

A programmable thermostat can reduce heating and cooling costs by up to 10%. In the summer, set your AC to 25°C when you are home and 28°C when away. In the winter, set your thermostat to 20°C when you are home and 18°C overnight or when away.

Fireplace

$229.72

2297.17

Proper fireplace sealing can reduce your household heating and cooling needs by 14%.

Dryers

$27.63

276.30

Vacuuming the exhaust once a year and keeping your lint filter clean will help improve the overall efficiency of your dryer.

Water Heater

$27.00

270.00

Maximize your savings by wrapping your water heater with an insulated blanket to help reduce heat loss.

Washer

$25.00

250.00

Use cold water on full loads of laundry and save.

Ceiling Fan

$12.26

122.58

An ENERGY STAR® qualified ceiling fan is 50% more energy efficient than a non-qualified model and works well to keep rooms cool while turning down your Central AC.

Refrigerator

$10.88

108.84

When purchasing a new refrigerator consider an ENERGY STAR® qualified model. ENERGY STAR fridges are 20% more energy efficient than a non-qualified model.

Microwave

$10.66

106.60

Microwaves use up to 50% less electricity than electric stoves and work as a better alternative to an oven when you're warming up leftovers.

Water Tips

$9.67

96.70

Fix any leaky hot water taps. One constant drip can waste up to 75 litres of water each week.

Dishwasher

$9.59

95.88

Letting your dishes air-dry instead of using the heat-dry option will save you up to 50% of your dishwasher's energy consumption.

Computers

$8.40

84.00

Consider investing in an ENERGY STAR® laptop. Always ensure you turn it off at night.

Stove

$5.53

55.33

Using lids while you cook decreases your energy consumption by up to 14%.

Air Conditioning

$5.17

51.69

In the summer months, increase your home's temperature by 3°C when you are away, and then lower it back when you return home.

CFL Lighting

$4.63

46.32

ENERGY STAR® qualified compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) use up to 75% less electricity and last up to 8 times longer than incandescent bulbs.

LED Lighting

$4.63

46.32

For task lighting, consider LEDs. They last up to 30 times longer than incandescent bulbs and provide focused lighting.

Pipes

$3.80

38.00

Pipe wraps reduce heat loss and bring hot water to faucets faster. Try installing them on your hot and cold water pipes. *Never insulate plastic pipes.

Electric Kettle

$2.56

25.55

The most energy-efficient way to boil water is by using an electric kettle with auto-shutoff.

Total

$1,489.62

14896.12

 

CFL Lighting

$4.63

46.32

ENERGY STAR® qualified compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) use up to 75% less electricity and last up to 8 times longer than incandescent bulbs.

LED Lighting

$4.63

46.32

For task lighting, consider LEDs. They last up to 30 times longer than incandescent bulbs and provide focused lighting.

Pipes

$3.80

38.00

Pipe wraps reduce heat loss and bring hot water to faucets faster. Try installing them on your hot and cold water pipes. *Never insulate plastic pipes.

Electric Kettle

$2.56

25.55

The most energy-efficient way to boil water is by using an electric kettle with auto-shutoff.

Total

$1,489.62

14896.12

 

 

 


 
 
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