With the rising cost of electricity and gas, we wanted to provide you, our tenants, with some helpful energy-saving tips to keep your heating costs lower. We hope this helps!
In the Kitchen
- Call us to fix dripping faucets right away
- Don't run your water continuously while washing dishes
- Wait until your dishwasher is full before running it and run the dishwasher during off-peak hours
- Open your dishwasher's door to let dishes air dry instead of using the drying cycle
- Use small appliances (microwaves, toaster ovens, electric kettle and barbeques) whenever possible
- Use lids to conserve heat and decrease cooking time
- Keep drip trays clean (it will reflect heat up)
- Remove the element from the stove by lifting the element up and pulling it straight out
- Once the heating element has been removed the reflector drip pan should pop right out
- Use dish soap and a scrub pad to clean off the drip pan. For stubborn residue, use oven cleaner.
- Line your drip trays with disposable foil burner lines (available at most dollar stores) OR line your drip trays with aluminum foil (shiny side up). Next time you'll only have to change the foil.
- Place the drip pan back into the stove top, making sure that the opening in the drip pan lines up with the stove's connection for the heating element
- Hold the element at a slight angle and insert it back into the connection for the stove top. Once it clicks back into place, lower it back down into the drip pan and you're all done
- Defrost your food before baking (it will cut energy use by a third)
- Don't pre-heat your oven for dishes that take over an hour to cook
- Check on food by looking through the window and/or using a timer NOT opening the oven door (20% of the heat escapes each time you open the oven door)
Fridges and Freezers:
- Ideal fridge temperature is 1 to 4°C and the ideal freezer temperature is –15 to –18°C
- Try to avoid standing with the fridge/freezer door open
- At least once a year, vacuum the coils at the back of your fridge
- Don't overfill your fridge (it impedes air flow, causing the fridge to run more frequently)
- Keep your freezer as full as possible (it will work more efficiently)
In the Laundry
- Wash full loads only (don't overload your machine) and adjust the water level to the size of your load
- Use cold water (it's rarely necessary to use hot water to get laundry clean and 85-90% of energy used to wash clothes goes to heating water)
- Put heavy items through a longer spin cycle in the washer to get rid of extra moisture
- Clean your dryer's lint filter after EVERY load TIP: keep a small garbage in the laundry room for lint
- Time your washing and drying cycles so the dryer drum stays warm between loads
In the Bathroom
- Call Centa to repair leaky faucets
- Don't leave your hot water running while you shave
- Turn down hot water while you shampoo
- Take a shower instead of a bath (it uses less water) and keep showers under 10 minutes.
If you have a Gas Furnace
- Set your thermostat at 20°C (68°F) during the day and at 17°C (62.6°F) while you're asleep or away from home (it saves up to 6% on your heating bill)
- Set the furnace fan switch on "automatic" instead of "on"
- Close doors and heating vents in unused rooms
- Improve air circulation by keeping curtains and furniture from blocking your heating vents
- Vacuum dust and pet hair out of your registers
- Replace your furnace filter every three months (a dirty filter restricts airflow and forces the furnace to work harder and uses more energy.) .
If you have Electric Baseboard Heating
- Set your thermostat at 20°C (68°F) during the day and at 17°C (62.6°F) while you're asleep/away
- Move furniture/curtains away from your heaters (will allow air to circulate and eliminates fire hazards)
- Close doors and heating vents in unused rooms
- At least once a year, use your vacuum cleaner to remove as much dust as you can from your heaters. The best time is right before you first turn your heaters on in the fall.
- If windows are not airtight, use plastic window film during the winter
- Open the blinds/curtains during the day to let the sun warm your home and close curtains and blinds at night to keep heat inside
- Unplug electronics when they are not in use (it saves up to 20% on your electricity use )
- Turn the lights off in rooms you aren't in and consider using energy efficient light bulbs
If your home feels stuffy and humid or it has lingering odours and/or mold, condensation or frost appears around or on your windows, make sure you:
- ALWAYS use exhaust fans in your kitchen and bathroom
- On a nice day, open the windows to let fresh air in
- Use a dehumidifier
- Shrink wrap your windows for added insulation during the winter
We hope this information proves useful in lowering your heat and hydro costs. This information was found online at hydroottawa.com and enbridgegas.com. Both Ottawa Hydro and Enbridge Gas have coupons on their website for energy efficient products (ex. light bulbs, power bars, etc).
Both Ottawa Hydro and Enbridge Gas offer assistance for low-income families. For Enbridge Gas, call LEAP at 1-855-487-5327. For Ottawa Hydro, call OESP at 1-855-831-8151 or online at OntarioElectricitySupport.ca.