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100 Tips to Save Electricity - General Household Tips

General Household Energy Saving Tips:

  1. A dripping tap can be not only annoying but if it is a hot tap it can cost you in both water costs and water heating costs.
  2. Consider a home energy audit to find out how energy efficient your home is and the best way to spend your home-improvement dollars.
  3. During the cold winter months, keep window curtains open during the day to allow solar energy into your home.
  4. Using electricity wisely means using it efficiently but also using it at times of the day when demand is typically lower. On weekdays, peak demand occurs in the late afternoon or early evening as people return home from work. Delaying energy use until later in the evening or the weekend will help reduce these peaks. As well, consumers can also benefit from keeping energy use to a minimum during extreme hot and cold spells.
  5. Don't leave electrical appliances on standby. Items left on standby use up to 85% of the energy they would use if fully switched on.
  6. In the cold Winter months, put removable, temporary caulking on the inside of your windows that you can peel off in the spring.
  7. Shower and run your dishwasher, washer and dryer early in the morning or late at night.
  8. Take short showers instead of baths. A five-minute shower uses about half as much water as a bath.
  9. Turn off lights, TVs and other appliances when they are not needed.
  10. Using a low-flow shower head can save up to 15 per cent of hot water costs; aerators on your sink faucets can reduce water use by about 10 per cent.

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