Energy Efficiency

Everyone has the power to save money and energy in their home and/or business. Improving energy efficiency is like adding another clean energy source to the electric grid. The result is reduced utility bills and extra money in your pocket. Improve your energy efficiency by following some of the tips below!

  1. Residential Energy Saving Tips
  2. Business Energy Saving Tips

Throughout the House

  • Switch out light bulbs to LEDs. LED light bulbs last longer and use up to 80% less energy than a standard light bulb.
  • Incorporate more natural lighting. Take advantage of the sun by installing and using windows and skylights. 
  • Use power strips to eliminate phantom loads. Plug home electronics into power strips and turn off the strip when not in use. Doing so will reduce "phantom loads" - electricity that is wasted when electronics are not in use. 
  • Fix leaky faucets. A leaky faucet in the house can waste as much as one liter of water per hour, that's enough to fill a bath in a week!

In the Kitchen

  • Let your dishes air dry. A dishwasher uses more energy to dry your dishes than to wash them. If your dishwasher doesn't have an automatic air-dry switch, turn off the control knob after the final rinse and prop the door open to let them air dry.
  • Upgrade your appliances. When the time comes to buy a new appliance, take a look at its energy rating. Appliances with the EPA Energy Star label have been evaluated and deemed energy efficient.
  • Don't leave smaller kitchen appliances on standby. Get in the habit of turning off at the plug when not in use. An idle dishwasher, microwave, electric oven or any other appliance will sit there eating up electricity over time.  

In the Bathroom

  • Use bath ventilating fans sparingly. Once they have cleared any excess moisture or humidity, turn them off. Leaving them on too long will suck away household heat. 
  • Install an energy-efficient, low-flow showerhead. Water-efficient showerheads use no more than 2 gallons of water per minute, compared to the old standard of 6 gallons per minute. 
  • Take shorter showers. There are several tricks for using less water in the shower. Here's a few: turn off the water while soaping up or shaving; wash your hair every other day; use a timer, or play a song that's your target shower length.

In the Laundry Room

  • Wash with cold or warm water more often. Using warm water instead of hot can cut a load's energy use in half, and using cold water will save even more. 
  • Wash full loads. Your washer will use the same amount of energy no matter the size of the load, so fill it up. 
  • Air dry when you can. Hang laundry outside or on a drying rack to avoid using the dryer altogether.
  • Remember to clean the lint filter on the dryer. The dryer will run more efficiently and safely. 

Heating and Cooling

  • Install an energy-efficient thermostat. Get in the habit of setting your thermostat as low as is comfortable. 
  • Insulate your home. Proper insulation will keep warmth in during the winter and heat out during the summer. 
  • Check insulation and ductwork for air leaks. Find out how to detect air leaks and learn more about air sealing. 
  • Use your windows. Open windows to allow wind to naturally ventilate your home. 
  • Install proper window coverings and draperies. Window coverings can reduce energy loss through windows, lower heating and cooling bills, and improve home comfort. 
  • Install and use ceiling fans. Fans cool people by creating a wind chill effect. They can also cut energy use and cost compared to central air conditioning.

Rebates, Incentives, and Assistance Programs

Discover the various rebates, incentives, assistance and financing programs designed to make energy-efficient upgrades for your home and/or business more accessible here!