Get your home ready for the change in temperature.
Install a programmable thermostat. Properly set, it can reduce heating and cooling costs by up to 10%. Set your thermostat at 20°C when you’re at home and 18°C when sleeping or away.
Check for gaps in weather-stripping around doors, fireplace dampers, attic hatches and air conditioners. By reducing drafts, you could save up to 30% a year on heating costs.
Change your furnace air filter monthly. Have a licensed HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning) professional service your furnace yearly to ensure it is operating at maximum efficiency.
Vacuum refrigerator coils to make them more energy efficient.
Replace your incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs).
Don’t waste heat. Close off heat to unused rooms by closing doors and heating vents. Keep closet doors shut too.
Turn it off. Remember to turn off the TV, computer, stereo, DVD players and lights when you’re not using them. Install a power bar with an integrated timer to shut off all your devices at the end of day.
Use it during off-peak hours. Run your dishwasher, washer and dryer in the evening or on weekends when electricity demand is lower. With time-of-use pricing in place, electricity prices will vary, based on when it is used. This includes by time of day, by day of week (weekdays versus weekend), and by season (winter or summer).
Please note: Ontario is still transitioning to the new time-of-use rate structure. To check pricing in your area of the province, please visit your local electric utility website. Click here to find your local electric utility. /find.php