A few small changes in your routine could save you a good amount of money on your hydro bill. In fact, it doesn’t take much effort on your part to cut your electricity usage and ultimately keep your hydro costs low.
Read on to see 8 clever ways you can shrink your hydro bill.
1. Turn Off the Lights
Turning off the lights is the number one thing you can do to conserve electricity. In fact, lighting eats up about a quarter of your energy bill – so keeping your usage to a minimum will help to keep your costs down. Open your blinds during the day, only use lights that you really need, and remember to turn out the lights whenever you leave a room.
Note: Compact Fluorescent Bulbs (CFLs) use up to 75% less energy than standard bulbs, so making the switch can save you even more cash.
2. Unplug Electronics
Unplug your laptops, cellphone chargers, or other electronic devices when not in use. These gadgets can draw ‘phantom power’ when not in use, but are still plugged in. A programmable power bar is a good way to charge your electronics during off-peak hours and keep your hydro costs low.
3. Use Programmable Thermostat
When properly set, a programmable thermostat can reduce your monthly heating and cooling costs. Set your thermostat to be a few degrees warmer during the day in the summer months, and have the air conditioning kick in as you’re on your way home from work to make more efficient use of that electricity. Similarly, allow your home to get a little cooler during the day in the winter time, with the heat starting up in time to have your home nice and warm for when you return at the end of the day.
4. Wash During Off-Peak Hours
Thinking about doing laundry, or turning on the dishwasher? Do it outside of peak hours to cut down on costs, and always have a full load. That way, you’re not only cutting your energy costs, you’re ensuring that you’re getting the most for your money when you do put in the laundry, or run the dishwasher. When it comes to the laundry, you can save even more by washing your clothes using cold water. Similarly, if you leave the dishwasher door open to naturally dry your cups, cutlery and plates (or use the ‘air-dry’ setting) you’ll be able to minimize your electricity usage.
5. Turn On Ceiling Fans
As the temperature rises, don’t be afraid to lower your air conditioning and turn on a ceiling fan. In fact, fans are a great use of energy and can help you to keep your hydro costs down. If you turn on your ceiling fan along with the A/C, you’ll be able to lower the room temperature by approximately 2 degrees – and most importantly, lower your hydro bill.
6. Use Energy Efficient Appliances
Energy efficient appliances are just that – they use less electricity than the other older models that came before them. Therefore, if you’re looking to replace your refrigerator, washing machine, dishwasher, or other home appliance, look for one that’s energy efficient. Simply replacing an old appliance with an energy efficient one will help you to shrink your hydro bill.
7. Take Advantage of the Warmer Weather
That’s right – you can add ‘saving money’ to your list of reasons why summer rocks! The warmer weather is perfect for drying clothes outside on a clothesline rather than using a dryer, barbecuing instead of using your stove, and taking advantage of the extra sunlight by keeping your lights turned off for a few extra hours. And all of those things help to reduce your electricity usage, and ultimately, your hydro bill.
8. Save in Cooler Temperatures, Too
Weather-proofing your home can help you to save on hydro costs in the cooler weather, too. Reduce drafts and save on heating costs by ensuring windows and doors are well-sealed so warm air can’t escape. A window treatment can also help to keep heat inside your home in the winter, and reflect it back to the sun in the summer.
These small changes to your home or daily routine can help you to cut your energy usage and save money on your hydro bill.