When you integrate energy efficiency into your home, you’re not only saving energy on your hydro bill, but also your physical energy, as most products are designed to make life easier. Save your energy for what matters with these simple steps.
Start using long-lasting LEDs
If you are using incandescent or halogen light bulbs, you may find yourself changing them every one-to-two years. If you think of how many light bulbs you have in your home, this can really add up! Instead, give long-lasting LEDs a try. Most LED light bulbs last at least 22 years – that’s the equivalent of 22 incandescent bulbs! They are also the most energy-efficient bulb on the market. So, you can rest easy that you are saving energy and you can put the ladder away for quite a while.
Start using motions sensors
One common frustration, especially in homes with young children, is that lights often get left on when no one is in the room. Stop running around turning lights off. Instead, try motion sensors. They are great in kids’ play areas, bathrooms, kitchen, laundry room and hallways.
Start using advanced power bars
Did you know that electronics turned off, but left plugged in, continue to draw electricity? In fact, if you were to unplug electronics and appliances when not in use, you could save up to 10% on electricity use. But who has the time to run around unplugging appliances and electronics? Instead, try using power bars with integrated timers or auto-shutoff.
Start using weatherstripping
Did you know if you take all the drafts and leaks around a typical home, it can add up to a hole the size of a basketball? Stop fiddling with the thermostat or dressing in layers. Instead, try draft-proofing windows and doors to keep the cold air out. This is an easy and low-cost way to keep a consistent and comfortable temperature in your home.
For coupons on energy-saving products, visit hydroottawa.com/coupons.
If you would like a Hydro Ottawa representative to speak on the topic of energy conservation at your next meeting, please contact Lindsay Armstrong.