25 Jan Great tips to reduce your electricity bill
Great tips to reduce your electricity bill
Here are some of them, but we invite you to visit Hydro-Québec’s customer portal, which is a great source of useful information. You can even, for example, calculate the daily shower consumption of your teenagers.
Don’t try to warm up your home faster by cranking up the thermostat to a higher temperature than you actually want. It doesn’t work!
- To save money, simply turn the thermostat setting down just 1 oC.
- Keep some doors closed. This will also allow you to reduce your heating expense without sacrificing comfort.
Investing in a heat pump
A heat pump doesn’t actually produce heat: it extracts and concentrates heat in the outside air and transfers it to the home’s interior. That’s why it uses less energy.
Opt for electronic thermostats
By replacing your conventional thermostats with electronic thermostats, you could save up to 10% on heating costs every year.
Up to 25% of your home’s heat may be escaping. Fortunately, there are inexpensive ways to stop leaks.
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Install a plastic film on your windows
There’s a simple, inexpensive and effective solution for putting an end to air leaks. All you need to do is place double-sided adhesive tape around the window frame and install a removable, heat-shrink plastic film. Then, use a hairdryer to shrink the plastic film taut against the window frame and create a seal.
In addition to blocking air leaks around the window frame, the film creates an air space that provides a barrier against heat loss through the windowpane. A small expense, a few minutes of work for each window and significant savings.
Check the temperature of your water heater
What is the temperature setting on your water heater? Have you ever checked? Normally, the water heater manufacturer should have set it to 60°C (140°F), as recommended by Health Canada.
It’s in your best interest to find out. Why? Because temperatures below 60°C (140°F) can lead to bacterial growth, while higher temperatures increase your energy consumption and your risk of burns.
Other good habits
- Open blinds and curtains during the day and close them in the evening.
- Don’t put furniture in front of heat sources (baseboard heaters, radiators, etc.).
- If you have forced-air heating, keep air intakes and registers clean: the system will work better.
- When you use your fireplace, as soon as the fire has died down, shut the doors and damper (to close the chimney flue) to keep warm air in and cold air out.
- Clean ventilation system filters regularly and replace them as specified by the manufacturer. You’ll optimize the air flow.
- Make sure that the hatch to the roof space is airtight and well insulated. If you can get into your roof space, caulk any gaps around pipe penetration points, light fixtures and other such openings.
Jackie Beaudoin, Leclerc Insurance and Financial Services
Source : Hydro-Québec