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Making a few small changes to the way you use energy could make a difference on your next bill.
The family room
Unplug appliances from the wall
Televisions, DVD players, computers, stereos, and game consoles still use power in standby mode. When not in use, unplug these appliances from the wall.
Use a power board
A power plate can supply electricity to multiple appliances at the same time and allows you to turn off all appliances with the same switch.
Use lamps or spotlights.
If you only need a small amount of light, use lamps or spotlights instead of main lights.
Use energy saving light bulbs.
Swap your old light bulbs for LED ones.
How many lights are on?
Turn off the lights in the rooms you're not using.
Defrost food in the fridge first to reduce cooking time. Microwaves use less energy than an oven. When using an oven, avoid continuously opening the door.
Using the stove
Keep lids on pans when cooking to reduce the amount of time and energy used. Dinner will cook faster too.
Use an electric kettle instead of the stove.
Use the economy cycle for daily washing and only run the dishwasher when it is full. This helps save water as well.
Fridge and freezer
Set your refrigerator temperature at 5-6 degrees and your freezer temperature between -15 and -18 degrees Celsius. Keep refrigerators and freezers in a cool, well-ventilated place, away from the oven and the sun to save electricity. Keep a two-inch space around your refrigerator so air can circulate freely.
Just run the washer or dryer at full load. Use cold water to wash clothes and spin them completely before drying
Use a clothesline instead of a dryer whenever possible. Only use a dryer with a full load and when the clothes are spun well first by the washing machine. Dripping clothes should never be placed in the dryer. Keep the lint filter clean.
Use water wisely
Set the hot water temperature to 50 degrees centigrade. Installing water-saving shower heads in your home will reduce the amount of hot water and energy used. Shorten showers to less than five minutes.
Turn off appliances
Turn off appliances like hair dryers, electric toothbrushes, and radios on the wall.
Use timers and sensors.
Use programmable timers and sensors to illuminate outdoor areas.
Use solar energy
Consider using solar outdoor lights for your garden or outdoor areas.
Separate your lighting
Spread the lights so you can choose which areas to light up.
Cooling and heating
Reduce your need for cooling and heating devices.
Close the doors to unused rooms to reduce the area you need to cool or heat.
Keep outdoor curtains and drapes closed to reduce the amount of energy required to maintain a constant temperature indoors.
Instead of heating your bedroom, add another blanket to your bed or use an electric blanket, a bag of wheat, or a hot water bottle.
Take care of your heating and cooling systems.
Clean your air conditioner or cooler so it doesn't use as much energy to run. Turn off your cooling or heating at night and when you're not home.
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