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Save Energy at Home
These tips will not only help the environment, but they will also save you money!

Heating
Try lowering your thermostat temperature overnight.  Simply reducing the temperature by 1ºC will save you 2% on your heating bill.  Programmable thermostats make this easier by automatically adjusting the temperature to preset levels.

Cooling
Instead of relying on an air conditioner, try a ceiling fan and leave your windows open at night to help cool your home.  Also, try to block out sun during the day by keeping curtains and windows closed.  If you do use an air conditioner, make sure the filter is clean for maximum efficiency.

Lighting
Try replacing your old incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs.  They use up to 75% less energy and last up to ten times longer.

Weatherstripping
Small cracks and holes around your house can amount to significant energy losses.  Weatherstripping blocks air leaks around doors and windows.  Try caulking sealants for smaller air leaks located around non-opening windows, baseboards and trim.

Appliances
Try using the energy-saving features on your appliances when possible (check the manual to learn more about which settings are appropriate).  If you are buying new appliances, look for the ENERGYSTAR® label to find the most energy efficient options.

Water
Installing a low-flow toilet or showerhead can help save thousands of litres of water per year.  See our Water Conservation tips to learn more ways to save water around the home.  Check out the City of Port Coquitlam's Bathroom Fixture Replacement Rebate Program to learn how you can be rewarded for switching to low-flow toilets and showerheads.

Computer
When you're not using your computer, turn off the monitor.  Over half the energy that your computer consumes goes to your monitor.  When purchasing your next computer or any home office equipment, look for the ENERGYSTAR® label.


Source: City of Calgary Environmental Management
Last Updated:8/30/2006 2:54:30 PM