Cutting back on power consumption is one of the main concerns of Toronto communities today, and that’s to be expected given the rising cost of power across many parts of Canada. Fortunately, communities can come together and reduce costs, but for these steps to be effective they must work as a team.
Home Improvement Electricity Savings
Toronto communities can cut electricity costs in many ways, but it all begins in each home. Although some of these suggestions entail some expenses, they’re actually investments that will save you money in the long run.
If the ceilings and walls in your home aren’t insulated yet, it’s time you did because research shows that insulation leads to as much as 30% savings on heating bills alone. If the winter cold in Toronto is driving up the power bill, consider super insulation as it can save you even more money, not to mention CO2 savings as well. Communities should also encourage homes to modernize home windows, that is replacing the traditional ones with double glazed, argon filled windows.
Tree planting is something that communities should promote extensively for many reasons, not the least of which is trees help cut down energy use. According to the latest studies, trees around homes reduce power costs significantly because they provide shading and breeze, plus CO2 emissions are cut by 2.5 tons annually.
Teach Proper Use of Appliances
Study after study shows that poor management of appliances is one of the main reasons why homes use up a lot of power, and when added up presents Toronto communities with a huge power bill. Fortunately this is an issue that can be resolved by promoting proper use of home appliances.
Here are some tips:
- Buy only appliances that are certified energy efficient. Older appliances use up more power and should be replaced.
- Turn off lights, the TV, radio, computer and other appliances that are not used. if you’re not going to use the appliance for several days, then turn off “standby” mode as well.
- Refrigerators are typically the most power hungry of all appliances so turn it down or make sure that the energy saver option is always turned on. Refrigerators also use less power when the doors are sealed tight and clean.
Do a Yearly Checkup of Electrical Appliances
Contact a Toronto electrical contractor and have your appliances checked out once a year to make sure they’re in good order. To avoid problems with skyrocketing bills, communities should urge everyone to have their appliances serviced once a year, especially air conditioners as they’ll use up a lot of power if clogged with dirt.
Offer Power Saving Tips for Community Members
The best way for Toronto communities to offset the rising electricity cost is to offer members guidance and advice on how to cut back on expenses. Apart from those already mentioned here, some seemingly simple measures can actually make a dent in the monthly power bill.
For instance, homes can reduce power consumption by maintaining the temperature of the thermostat, and a programmable thermostat can raise and lower the figure accordingly. In addition, homes can reduce the amount of lighting they use by allowing more sunlight inside.
Speaking of lighting, Toronto homes can save a big chunk off their bills by replacing fluorescent light bulbs with LED. LED lighting is pretty much the standard now and with good reason. Not only are they more energy efficient, but they don’t use as much power and last much longer.
By keeping these simple tips in mind, your Toronto community will be in a much better position to reduce electricity costs.