Go green this holiday season: energy saving tips

Go green this holiday season: energy saving tips

Whether you’re looking to save a few extra bucks or trying to minimize your carbon footprint, these energy saving tips are easy to do and will make your home more energy efficient:

  1. Be a brainy baker! If possible, consider doing most of your oven-required dishes on the same day. Charging up your oven requires a lot of energy and avoiding the urge to open the oven door to take a peek inside can help reduce wasted energy (20% of heat escapes each time the oven door is opened).
  1. Light up with LED. LED lights can reduce your electricity use by as much of 75-80% compared to incandescent bulbs. LED tend to last longer too, prolonging the Christmas cheer at a better cost!
  1. Keep an eye on that Christmas tree. Turning off tree lights overnight can save you hours of electricity.
  1. Break out those ugly Christmas sweaters! For every degree you turn down your thermostat, you can save up to 3% on heating costs. So bundle up because ‘tis the season for bulky layers!
  1. Check your windows and make sure they are closed firmly. Sealing your windows can reduce energy needs by up to 25%.
  1. Sleep soundly and wisely. Resetting your thermostat at night (between 18⁰C and 20⁰C) can lead to a more comfortable set and reduce heating costs by up to 10%!

For more great energy saving tips, check out of this article by the Government of Ontario’s Ministry of Energy.

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