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Here’s How to Save Energy throughout Your Home

Residential energy use increased 2.4% from 1990 to 2016, according to National Resources Canada. That’s a lot – but without adoption of a range of new energy-saving systems like high-efficiency furnaces and more energy-efficiency water heaters, energy use would have actually increased 53%! The bottom line is that, in 2016 alone, Canadian households actually saved over $1,000 a year1 to more energy-efficient appliances.

Still, there’s a lot more we can do each and every day – to help save energy, save money and save the environment. Here are a few ways we can all help:

Save energy in the kitchen

  • Your refrigerator and freezer are most energy-efficient when they’re completely filled, not over or under filled.
  • Run your dishwasher only when it’s full.
  • Turn off your oven a few minutes before the cooking time ends – this allows your food to finish cooking without using extra gas or electricity.

Save energy on laundry

  • Wash all your clothes in cold water.
  • Wash full loads whenever possible.
  • Choose a front-loading rather than top-loading washing machine – it uses much less water.
  • Don’t wash or dry during peak usage time (7am – 7pm in Ontario).

Save energy on heating and cooling

  • Save up to 10% by air sealing your home’s cracks, gaps and leaks.
  • Shut your blinds, shades and drapes in warm weather to reduce the work for your AC and open them during cooler months to let the sun warm your home.
  • Set your thermostat to 25 degrees Celsius in summer and 20 in winter.
  • Consider replacing single-pane windows with more energy-efficient ones or add solar shades or tinting film.
  • Install a Smart Home or programmable thermostat to automatically adjust the temperature.
  • Clean or replace all filters regularly – dirty ones make your system work harder and run longer than necessary.

Save energy by lowering your electricity bill

  • Turn off the lights when you’re not using them – lighting accounts for about 12% of your utility bill.
  • Avoid placing appliances that give off heat, like lamps or TVs, near a thermostat.
  • Don’t leave electronics on all day – only turn on your computer, monitor and printer when you need them.

Get advice from professionals

Whether you need repairs, an installation or upgrade, or you simply have questions, Reliance™ has a team of certified Heating, Cooling, Plumbing and Electrical technicians that can help. Call us anytime!

1Natural Resources Canada Government of Canada, “Energy Use in the Residential Sector,” Energy Use in Canada: Trends Publications | Natural Resources Canada, November 4, 2016,

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