- Choose cold water for the laundry. It’s just as effective as hot water and cheaper to use.
- When buying a new washer, choose ENERGY STAR®, which uses 60% less energy.
- Using a clothesline to dry your clothes is energy and cost efficient — it’s free!
- Buying a new dishwasher? ENERGY STAR® models are at least 25% more efficient!
- Air drying dishes in your dishwasher can save 10% on operating costs.
- Conserve your gas and slow down! Driving 120km/h burns 20% more fuel than driving 100 km/h.
- Buying a new car? Look for a smaller, more fuel-efficient car or hybrid, or better yet – carpool!
- Don't idle your car. Idling for more than 10 seconds wastes more fuel than restarting it.
- Reduce gas use by warming your car while driving it. Most vehicles need just seconds to warm-up.
- Drive less by arranging to do all your errands at the same time, or use public transit.
- A computer monitor uses about 60% of the total computer power, so turn it off when it’s idle.
- Use the energy-saving features on your computer to cut down on such as hibernation mode and standby.
- Unplug infrequently used TVs and computers. Many continue to draw power even when turned off.
- Cut down on heating costs; replace that old thermostat with a more accurate electronic one.
- Air leakage in old homes accounts for 30-40% of heat loss, so weather-strip doors and windows.
- Open blinds and curtains to allow sunshine in. This natural heat source is free!
- Service your heating equipment annually to maintain peak performance.
- Use compact fluorescent light bulbs in your home, and use 75% less electricity.
- Deck the halls with LED holiday lights that last 10 times longer and produce very little heat.
- Lower your energy demand by shining bright light only where you need it - called task lighting
- Vacuum your refrigerator's coils every three months, and save energy.
- Keep refrigerators and freezers out of direct sunlight, that way they don’t have to work too hard.
- Every time you open the refrigerator door, the air you paid to cool, escapes.
- Take a shower, not a bath. A five-minute shower with an efficient showerhead uses half the water.
- Wrap your electric water heater with an insulating blanket to reduce its electricity use.
- Install one-inch-thick insulation on all of your accessible hot water pipes, keeping the heat in.
- Conserve water by installing a low-flow showerhead or fixing that leaky faucet.
- EPA wood stoves use less wood and heat the average new home for less than oil or electricity.
- Have a technician certified by Wood Energy Technology Transfer (WETT) install your wood stove.
- Check your chimney. Wood smoke is a sign your wood is not burning properly.
- Locate your wood stove where you spend the most time, stoves in basements distribute heat poorly.
Efficiency Fee Removal
On January 1, 2015 the efficiency fee was removed from your power bills.
The Electricity Efficiency and Conservation Restructuring Act removes the efficiency fee, creates a newly structured Efficiency Nova Scotia franchise and requires Nova Scotia Power to purchase cost-effective energy efficiency programming.
Learn more about your power bill at www.nspower.ca/2015rates
How we can all use less energy and save money
Are you looking for a way to reduce your energy consumption? Are you interested in programs that can help you use less energy and save money? Are you interested in knowing how we are helping to save energy through better planning, codes, and standards? Learn more at Efficiency and Conservation.
Are you wondering what government is doing to reduce our own energy use—and how those savings get passed on to you? Find out more at Leading by Example.
Wondering what’s being done to change our transportation focus from moving vehicles to moving people? Check out Sustainable Transportation.