Lower Electricity Use

  • Unplug devices like your computer, cell phone charger, and coffee maker when not in use.  

  • Set your refrigerator temperature to 37 degrees and your freezer to 0 degrees.  Clean filter coils at least once a year.

  • Close your refrigerator and freezer doors as soon as you find what you need.

  • Consider using "smart" power strips to reduce the power consumed by computer accessories, fans,  and other miscellaneous plug loads.  Many electronic products continue to draw power from the wall even when they are powered off. Since it's not always practical to unplug these items whenever you leave your desk, "smart" power strips can effectively do so for you.

 

Reduce Cooling Costs

  • Have your AC units maintained at least once a year.

  • Change your AC filter once per month.

  • Try to program your thermostat at a maximum of 24°C for most use.

  • Keep all windows and doors closed when your AC is on.

  • Use your electric fans to feel cooler  and turn fans off when you are not in the room.

  • Ventilate your entire home i lieu of using AC by opening windows to create a cross-wise breeze.

 

Save on Water Heating

  • Repair leaky faucets promptly; a leaky faucet wastes gallons of water in a short period of time.

  • Install aerating, low-flow faucets and showerheads.

  • Set thermostat on your water heater to 50°C to get comfortable hot water for most uses.

  • Wash your dishes and clothes in cold water.