Here are some energy saving tips Conservation on the Coast has collected from community members in Attawapiskat, Fort Albany and Kashechewan First Nations:
Energy Saving Tips
Stop the Drip:Do you have any dripping faucets in your home? A single dripping hot water faucet can waste 212 gallons of water a month. That is a real drain on your electricity bill! Consider replacing the washer in your faucet to stop the drips and save money!
How About a Cup of Tea?If you’re making a cup of tea (or coffee), save energy and money by only filling the kettle as much as you need! Rather than filling the kettle to the brim, which takes longer to boil and uses more energy, put in only the amount of water you need. This will save you energy and money—you can have your tea and drink it too!
CFL Lightbulbs:We all know that CFL light bulbs are more energy efficient than the old incandescent bulbs. But do you realize how much you would save with Energy Star compact fluorescent light bulbs? CFLs last longer and use up to 75 percent less energy than standard light bulbs! Are all the light bulbs in your house CFLs?
Phantom Power:Do you still have phantoms in your house? Phantom power that is! Electronics use energy even when plugged in—by plugging electronics into a power bar you can easily flip a switch to save some major energy in your house.
Cold Water Washing:Keep your energy savings up and your water temperature down for an energy efficient load of laundry (And don’t forget to save your washing until you have a full load - your machine will run more efficiently with a full load than a half load!)
Turn Out the Lights:This is one of the easiest and fastest ways to save energy! We all know this tip, but even the most dedicated energy savers can forget to do it from time to time. This goes for indoor lights, outdoor lights, oven lights and any other you can think of. When you’re not using it, even if you leave the room for just a few minutes, you’ll save energy and money by flicking the switch!
Power Down!Video gaming systems use a surprising amount of energy when on ‘pause’. If you’re not actively playing, don’t forget to save your game and power off video games to save energy! If you’ve hooked up your electronics to a power bar, switch that off as well save on phantom energy.
Feeling HOT?On hot summer days minimize activities that generate a lot of heat- like running a computer, TV and video games or using hot devices like hair dryers or curling irons. Instead, find a shady spot outside to relax! What do you do to keep it cool in the hot, humid summer?
Cool it Down!Consider turning down the thermostat on your water heater to the “warm” setting . During these hot months, a short cool shower will leave you refreshed and will save you energy!
Window/Room Air Conditioner:Do you have a window or room air conditioning unit? Here are some tips to help you save energy while keeping cool!
- Operate window/room air conditioning units on timers. They only require 30 minutes to cool and dehumidify a room, so there is no benefit to leaving them on if there’s no one at home
- When operating keep doors and windows closed to keep the hot humid air out of the house
- Shade windows to block the hot sun.
- Turn off lights and avoid using appliances that produce heat when the air conditioning unit is running. Bake, wash, dry and iron in the early morning or in the evening.
- Remember the unit is intended to only cool and dehumidify a room, not an entire house. Use ceiling and floor fans to keep you cool in other areas of your home