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January 23, 2018

3 ways to improve energy efficiency at home

Check out these tips in order to make your house the best home that it can be.

1. Adjust the temperature

  • Set your thermostat to 20°C (68°F) or lower in winter and 25.6°C (78°F) or higher in summer to use less energy. Adjusting the temperature further during the night will save even more money.
  • Natural sunlight also helps your home’s energy efficiency. Open curtains to let in sunlight during the winter and close curtains to keep it out in the summer.
  • Set your water heater to between 43°C (110°F) to 49°C (120°F).

2. Unplug electronics when not in use

  • Unplug rarely used appliances like basement or garage refrigerators when not in use.
  • Unplug chargers for phones, tablets, and digital cameras when not in use.
  • Turn off power strips when not in use. Even the standby mode can use as much energy as a 75 or 100 watt bulb run consistently.

3. Think energy efficiency when using appliances

  • Check the seals on the refrigerator door to ensure it is tightly sealed and secure. Keep the door closed as much as possible.
  • Clean the lint filter in the dryer.
  • Only run the dishwasher and washing machine with a full load.
  • Invest in ENERGY STAR® appliances when it is time to purchase new appliances.
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