This is an open and shut case for easy energy savings:
Is your garage attached to your home?
If it is, keep your garage door closed and make sure the bottom edge of the door is weather stripped and sealed tightly. A warmer garage means a warmer house.
If you would like to take advantage of your garage year-round keep warm with an infrared garage heater. It is both quieter and more efficient than electrical heaters as it radiates heat on an area to warm you – not the entire garage.
Escape the heat and escape high energy bills by installing a ceiling fan in the largest rooms of your house.
Ceiling fans let you lower the setting on your air conditioner (AC) by 3 to 6 degrees. You’ll save 25% of the energy costs of home cooling. (In the winter, reverse ceiling fans to move the warm air that collects near your ceiling.)
Clean your AC filter screen once a month. This will reduce fan usage and save electricity.
We know it's tempting, but when turning your AC on, avoid setting it to the coldest setting. Choose a moderate setting to begin with so your AC can warm up for a while, then lower the temperature setting. Your room will cool just as fast.
In the market for a new air conditioner? For the biggest energy savings look carefully at the EnerGuide rating. Pick a unit that has the highest energy efficiency rating and still fits in your budget.
To maximize the energy efficiency of your air conditioner, invest in an ENERGY STAR programmable thermostat. During the summer set the thermostat at the highest temperature setting for optimal comfort while your at home (25.5°C is usually recommended) and then set it slightly higher while you're at work.
Going away for more than 24 hours? Shut off your cooling system and save money.
Do not block the air conditioner vents with drapes or furniture.
Use the continuous air conditioner fan operation only when continuous air movement is needed to maintain comfortable conditions in the room.
Section Five of our Wise Energy Guide provides more detailed information on different types of air conditioners as well as how to make the most of your air-conditioner.
Splash into energy savings.
Cover up! Keeping your pool covered when it’s not in use is the very best way to prevent heat loss and ramp up your energy savings.
Use the sun to help heat your pool – it’s free!
A solar cover uses the sun to heat the water's surface.
Experiment with lower pool heater settings, find the perfect setting and save energy costs.
Take care to keep pool heating and cleaning equipment clean and lubricated. Inspect the heater annually for scale, mineral deposits, or corrosion, three things that can lead to lower efficiency and higher costs.
Use a time clock to preset the exact hours you want your pool heated. When closing a pool for the winter, drain all water from the heater, filter, pump, and piping system. Remove the pump motor and store in a dry place. Click here for more information on natural gas pool heaters.
This energy saving tip is all green.
During the summer, tall trees offer Mother Nature’s equivalent to free air conditioning by providing cooling shade on your home. Think twice about removing mature trees, your home is more comfortable with all the free shade they offer!
If shrubs or tree foliage interfere with curb appeal and cooling, trim them for better air flow.
Often our evergreens grow tall without us even realizing that they’re blocking the sun from our lower level windows. During the Winter, trim evergreens that block the sun, your reward will be more free solar heat in the winter (in the summer close the drapes to avoid the free solar heat you don’t want in warm weather!).
A delicious grilled meal with energy savings on the side. Reduce your cooking time and save energy.
- When you’re planning a grilled meal, think about foods with comparable cooking times so you can put it all on the grill together.
- Don’t peek! Keep the grill lid closed as much as possible, it keeps the heat in and saves energy.
- Grill an extra meal with tonight’s dinner. You’ll have an easy meal for later in the week and you’ll save money by using your grill less.
- Defrost before grilling – that’s energy saving common sense!
For information on the features and benefits of natural gas grills, click here.