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Laundry

They use less water, less energy, and require less detergent.
Most of the energy used to wash your clothes is used to heat the water.
The built-up heat means less energy spent.
You will save water, time, and money.

Appliances

These typically use a minimum of 20% less energy.
One that is too big wastes energy and money. Believe it or not, it takes less energy to cool a full refrigerator or freezer (as long as it’s not so packed that air cannot circulate) than it does an empty one. Chest freezers are more energy efficient than upright ones, as there is less cold air lost when the door is opened.
This reduces the buildup of mineral deposits that reduce its energy efficiency.
Refrigerators should be kept at 1’C – 3’C, while freezers should be kept at -18’C.
Greater amounts of energy are used to keep the motor running when there is frost buildup.
Avoiding energy use during extreme hot or cold spells can also benefit consumers.
Today’s Energy Star® qualified refrigerators use 50% less energy than models made 10 years ago.
Every time the door is opened, warm air rushes in and energy must be used to cool it back down.
It can save up to 50% of your cooking energy costs.

Heating

Apply a sealant or caulking around windows, doorframes, sills and joints.
Apply weather-stripping to exterior doors and windows to prevent heat loss in your home.
This will ensure your furnace is operating at top efficiency and it will use less energy and cost less to operate.
This ensures that there is no interference with the flow of heat in your home.
You could save 1-2% on your heating bill for every 1o Celsius that you turn down your thermostat.
Insulate or fill holes around pipes, ducts, fans or vents that go through walls, ceilings or floors from heated to unheated spaces.
Lower your thermostat at night while you are sleeping or when no one is home.
On sunny days, open your curtains on south facing windows to let the sun help heat your home. If you have large windows that do not receive direct sunlight, keep the curtains closed. Keep curtains/blinds closed during the night to help keep heat in.
Airflow is reduced when the filter is dirty, so the furnace has to run longer to heat your home.
Use plastic window covers to help prevent heat loss during the winter time. Up to 25% of heat loss occurs through windows.
Doing so will not make the room warm up any faster. It’s easy to forget to turn it back down which can waste energy dollars.

Water

You would save thousands of liters of water per year.
These showerheads can save up to 15% of hot water costs, while faucet aerators can reduce water usage by about 10%. Low-flow showerheads and faucets are typically rated at 1.0 - 2.5 GPM (gallons-per-minute).
A five-minute shower uses about half as much water as a bath.
You would save roughly 70% of the water used.

Transportation

Engine block heaters only need to run for 2-3 hours to sufficiently warm an engine.

Lighting

Replace standard incandescent light bulbs with energy-efficient compact fluorescent bulbs, which last up to ten times longer. A single 20-25 watt energy efficient light bulb provides as much light as a 100-watt ordinary bulb.
Businesses Tips

Lighting

which use 75% less energy and last up to ten times longer.

New Buildings

Refrigeration

One that is too big wastes energy and money. Believe it or not, it takes less energy to cool a full refrigerator or freezer (as long as it’s not so packed that air cannot circulate) than it does an empty one. Chest freezers are more energy efficient than upright ones, as there is less cold air lost when the door is opened.
Refrigerators should be kept at 1’C – 3’C, while freezers should be kept at -18’C.
It will run for shorter periods of time with clean coils and use less energy. Also keep evaporator coils clean and free of ice build-up.
Greater amounts of energy are used to keep the motor running when there is frost buildup.
You can do this by closing the door over a piece of paper and making sure the paper does not slide out easily. Adjust door latches and replace worn door gaskets.
Every time the door is opened, warm air rushes in and energy must be used to cool it back down.

Heating

You could save 1-2% on your heating bill for every 1o Celsius that you turn down your thermostat. Consider installing a locking cover over the thermostat to prevent employees from changing the temperature.

Computers and Office Equipment