How to Save Energy This Summer
Province Offers Tips to Help Ontarians Save Energy and Money
During the summer months, conservation is a simple way Ontario families can manage their electricity use and costs, while helping to protect the environment.
The province has developed a wide range of energy conservation resources and incentives to help families make small changes to their daily electricity use. By following these conservation tips, families can see real savings on their electricity bills:
- Plan ahead: Use a programmable thermostat to set your air conditioner for 25°C when you're at home and 28°C when you're away.
- Go off-peak: Participate in peaksaver PLUS®, and receive a free energy display or programmable thermostat to help manage energy use in your home. Check with your local distribution company for information on availability and how to enroll.
- Draw it to a close: Draw your blinds and curtains closed during the day to help naturally cool your home. This can block up to 65 per cent of the heat that comes through the windows.
- Feel the breeze: Use a clothesline or rack to let the sun and breeze naturally dry your clothes. Visit saveonenergy.ca to download a coupon for a new clothesline.
- Run against the clock: Ensure that your ceiling fan runs in a counter-clockwise direction to help circulate a breeze in your home.
- Keep it clean: Make sure the track on your sliding door is clean. If the track is dirty, it can damage the door's seal and allow cold air to escape.
- Stay cool: Wash laundry in cold water. Approximately 90 per cent of your washing machine's electricity consumption comes from heating water.
- Return to your roots: Plant a tree or shrub that will provide shade for your air conditioner. This can improve the unit's efficiency by up to 10 per cent.
Encouraging a culture of conservation is part of the government's plan to maintain a clean, modern and reliable electricity grid.
- You can learn more about how to conserve energy and save on your monthly bills by following the Ministry of Energy on Twitter for conservation tips.
- From 2005 to 2011, families and businesses across the province conserved enough to reduce demand by more than 1,900 megawatts, the equivalent of powering more than 600,000 homes.
- For every $1 invested in energy efficiency, Ontario has avoided about $2 in costs to the electricity system.
- Between 1990 and 2013, average household electricity consumption has declined by almost 25 per cent, resulting in the average household saving up to $350 based on current electricity costs.
“Conservation has proven to be the cleanest and least costly energy resource. It offers Ontario families the opportunity to take control of their energy usage and easily reduce their electricity bills.”