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How can I reduce the amount of utilities I use?
Reducing the amount of utilities you use can help you lower your costs and your impact on the environment at the same time.
There are many ways to cut down on your utility use. Here are some examples:
An appliance calculator can help you estimate how much power each of your appliances may be using.
You can hire an EnerGuide Home Evaluation service from a licensed service organization. Through this service, an energy advisor evaluates your home from the attic to the basement, and gives you a personalized report with energy efficiency recommendations for improving your home.
Some municipalities offer the peaksaver program. If you have a central air conditioning (AC) system, you can use less electricity with this program. It reduces the amount of energy your AC system uses on the hottest days of summer.
If you have a
meter, electricity that you
use during peak (busy) times will cost more than electricity that you use
during off-peak times. You can choose to use less electricity during peak times.
Find out more in What is a smart meter? Do I have to get one?
Reduce Heating Costs
Identify and fix areas where heated air is getting out, such as doors, windows, fireplaces, and ventilation fans. Close the heating vents or turn off heaters in rooms that you don't use regularly. Keep the filter in your furnace or other heating device clean. Get more tips for reducing heating costs in this Heating and Cooling [PDF] tipsheet.
Reduce Water Consumption
Fix leaky taps and install water-saving showerheads and toilets.
Water your garden by hand rather than using a sprinkler. Take shorter showers. Get more tips to reduce water costs. Tap water in Ontario is safe to drink. Find out more about tap water in your area.
For More Information
- Energy Efficiency Tips and Tools - Tips for lowering your energy use. From HydroOne.
- Save On Energy - Find information about programs that help you save electricity and money. You can get a rebate or payment if you join some programs. The website also has tips about how to use electricity efficiently. From the Ontario Power Authority.
- Smart Meters - This website has information about smart meters and how you can use them to lower your electricity costs. From the Government of Ontario.
- Utility Companies in Ontario - A list of utility companies across the province. From the Independent Electricity System Operator.
- Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP) - LEAP provides up to $500 per fuel per household per year to help low-income customers who are having trouble paying their bill. Visit the website for more information about the program, eligibility criteria and how to apply.
August 26, 2015