By: Cheaper utility bills | posted in News & Stories |
Date: September 10th, 2010
Three programs to help you save money & conserve electricity
Although time-of-use (TOU) rates allow you to save money by shifting electricity use when it costs less, there’s an even easier way to lower your electricity costs by reducing overall consumption. Also, other conservation programs from your local hydro, gas and electricity providers can help.
For local Ontario residents, you can start by getting your free programmable thermostat by signing up for the Peaksaver program. Once your thermostat is installed, the length of time your central air conditioner runs when it is cooling can be slightly reduced when demand for electricity is at its highest. Because this adjustment happens only occasionally on the hottest days of the summer and only on weekdays during the day, it won’t affect your comfort at home. But it will reduce the peak strain both on the electricity system and the environment. The installation is very simple, it may cost somewhere from $50-$100 dollars for a new automatic thermostat.
How about taking away that old ancient energy wasting “beer fridge” or the extra freezer that’s chugging away your home electricity? It could be costing you up to $150 a year on your electricity bill.
Through the Great Refrigerator Roundup program, and in partnership with the Ontario Power Authority (OPA), will haul your old refrigerator out of your home and recycle it in an environmentally friendly way. All you have to do is book a no-cost appointment online at www.everykilowattcounts.ca or call toll free at 1-877-797-9473.
To qualify, your fridge or freezer must be 15 years of age or older and in working condition. This service is free for many electricity customers throughout Ontario.
You can lower your electricity costs, save money and help the environment by taking The Power Pledge. Visit www.powerpledge.ca to find out how a few simple changes can increase your savings on electricity conservation and make a positive impact on your bill. For example, the shocking truth about phantom power and how it adds up to 15% to your electricity costs even when you’re electronic devices are plugged in and are turned off. Find out about the ENERGY STAR label and how to know you’re buying the most energy-efficient lighting fixtures and appliances on the market.
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