Winter is over and for several months we will not need to run our heating. The electricity bills will certainly be lower, but that does not exempt us from paying attention to our daily actions if we want to save money on our bills.
* Hang your laundry to dry on a clothesline. This simple change makes a big difference for the environment.
* Wash your clothes in cold water for major savings. Hot water can cost up to 18 times more!
* At night, turn off your outdoor lights from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. This simple habit could help you save up to $25/bulb/year.
* Increase the set temperature of your air conditioning unit by a few degrees when you leave the house.
* Set the temperature to 24°C: the unit will consume 3 to 5% more electricity for every degree lower.
* Clean the filters, which can obstruct airflow and cause the unit to operate for longer periods of time.
* Close the blinds and curtains on windows that receive direct sunlight and only air condition the main room of your home for more energy savings.
* Install a timer on your unheated pool to stop the pump for 6 to 12 hours a day and save close to 45% on filtration-related electricity costs. If you don’t use a timer, you can save energy by turning off the pump of your unheated pool.
* Use a solar pool cover every day, especially at night and even when temperatures are high. By relying less on your pool heater and letting the sun do some of the work, you could save up to 45% on your water heating costs.
* Opt for an efficient pump. Because it has several speeds, an efficient pump can help you save up to 80% on water filtration costs compared to a single-speed pump.
* Lower the thermostat on your heat pump from 29°C to 27°C to reduce your electricity consumption by approximately 25%.