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Given we live in a climate of rising costs, here's some tips on saving energy in your Vancouver home -

  • install programmable thermostats and adjust the heat at night and when you leave home
  • if you have your own hot water tank, wrap it in insulation as this will reduce costs by 8-10%
  • keep fixtures and bulbs clean as dirt can absorb up to 50% of the light
  • always turn off lights when leaving a room
  • CFL light bulbs use up to 50% less energy
  • install water efficient low-flow showerheads and faucet aerators and install an ultra low-flow toilet or an early closure valve.
  • take showers instead of baths - they use less water
  • allow hot foods to cool before putting them in the fridge
  • use an electric kettle to boil water, its more efficient than using the stove
  • turn off the oven just before finishing  - the oven will remain hot long enough to complete the job
  • use the right size pot and match it to the right size element
  • unplug appliances when not in use as they continue to draw electricity
  • put on a sweater rather than turning up the thermostat
  • stop your dishwasher before the drying cycle and let it air dry, this will save 10%
  • wash your laundry in cod water
  • visit BC Hydro's website for more tips

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