Energy Saving Tips
Winter Energy Saving Tips
- Start with a walk through your home to identify the areas that need sealing or upgrading.
- Inspect doors and windows for cracks and worn weather-stripping. Use caulking and weather-stripping to seal the gaps around doors and windows, the foundation sill and places where pipes pass through the exterior walls. You can also install plug and light switch plate insulation to reduce drafts. Draft proofing may help you save on your home’s heating costs.
- If you have single pane windows, consider applying inexpensive window film. It can go a long way towards reducing drafts.
- Install a programmable thermostat and set it to 20°C when you’re home and 17°C when out or asleep. You could save up to 15 per cent on your home heating bills.
- Service your furnace annually and replace your furnace filter every three months or more often if you smoke or have pets.
- Insulate the accessible pipe leading to and from your water heater and any pipe running through unheated areas of your home using pipe-wrap or foam. Pipe-wrap is generally easier to install and comes in different sizes. Make sure to measure your pipes before purchasing. Insulating the entire length of your hot water pipes may help reduce your energy use and give you hot water more quickly when you need it. The hot water in your pipes will also be less likely to cool off between uses.
- Close vents or turn down heaters in rooms you seldom use.
- Set your ceiling fans to push warm air from the ceiling back into the room (usually clockwise).
- Dress for the season. Warm up with slippers and a sweater before turning up the temperature on colder days.
- Consider upgrading to high-efficiency heating systems and improving your home’s insulation.
- Book an EnerGuide home energy evaluation to learn where heat is escaping and what energy upgrades you should focus on.
General Energy Saving Tips
- Install low flow shower heads and faucet aerators
- Use energy efficient lighting, such as LEDs, determine your lighting needs and look for ways to use controls – like sensors, dimmers and timers to reduce lighting use
- Use only energy efficient appliances
- Wash in cold water
- Hang clothes to dry
- Choose the air dry function on your dishwasher
- Use shower timers, set to 5 minutes per shower
- Unplug electricity using devices when not in use, use a power bar
Energy Consumption Monitor
Use an energy consumption monitor (Kill-A-Watt) to determine the costs of electricity using devices. Available for sign out at the Nelson Library.
More energy-saving tips and how-to videos at FortisBC
Nelson Hydro generates its own local electricity, but can only produce enough to serve about 50% of its customers so the remainder is purchased through FortisBC. This means that Nelson Hydro customers can access rebates through FortisBC. Visit their website for more tips on saving energy and rebate programs: Click Here.