How about some energy saving tips I can use right now!

Here are some low and no-cost ways to start saving electricity right now.

Heating and cooling

  • Keep your heating and cooling equipment in good repair. Change or clean filters regularly. Anything that blocks airflow is making your equipment work harder and costing you more.
  • Check for drafts and leaks that will let your winter heat out and invite muggy summer air in. Caulking and weather-stripping are simple and inexpensive.
  • Install a programmable thermostat and set it to reduce the heat when you’re not home and when you’re sleeping.

Appliances

  • Economize on your dishwasher. Always run full loads, set your dishwasher to the economy cycle and use the air-dry setting.
  • Make sure your refrigerator and freezer doors are sealing tightly by testing how firmly they close on and hold on to a piece of paper, such as a five-dollar bill. If it slips out easily, the rubber seals should be replaced.
  • Don’t keep an old, extra refrigerator running just for occasional use. That old fridge could cost you $150 or more per year in electricity.
  • Plan energy-efficient meals. Smaller appliances, such as toaster oven or microwaves, use less energy than stoves. When using an oven, try to plan a meal that will allow you to use it for more than one dish.

Electronics

  • Shut your computer down when it’s not in use. Powering up and down does not use extra energy and actually reduces wear. And turn the monitor off instead of using the screen saver. Screen savers actually increase energy use by preventing your monitor from sleeping.
  • Put the swimming pool pump on a timer and run it just a few hours a day. Use a solar blanket to keep the water warm overnight and to reduce your heater use.

Hot Water

  • Fix leaking hot faucets to save on hot water heating. A one drip per second leak will waster about 9,000 litres per year! That’s enough water for about 95 five-minute showers.
  • Wash in cold water. With today’s detergents, clothes come out just as clean.
  • Wrap your electric hot water tank and pipes in a special tank blanket. To help keep its heat. (But don’t wrap a gas heater, as an inappropriate or incorrectly installed blanket is dangerous.

Lighting

  • Replace you most frequently used incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent light ulbs (CFLs) which use 75% less power and last up to 1- times as long. There are many kinds of CFLs for indoor and outdoor use. Make sure you choose the right ones for you.
  • Consider automatic timers, motion sensors and dinners, where you can’t use CFLs, to help maximize your control over lighting costs. Only timers with a mechanical switch can be used with CFLs.