If you are new to home ownership, you might be more than a little surprised at how much electricity a home can suck back compared to an apartment. Fortunately, there are a few tricks that can help you save a bit on your next hydro bill.
1) Upgrade your windows.
Having windows that seal tight and don’t let drafts through can help keep you warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer so you can turn your heat or your a/c down a bit more.
2) Solar power!
You don’t have to have a solar panel for the sun to help you out on your hydro bill. Use a clothes line or drying rack instead of the dryer, and air dry your dishes in a sunny spot instead of running your dishwasher through the drying cycle.
3) Turn it off.
Turn off your lights, computer, TV, etc. when you leave the room. Also, a lot of electronics still draw energy when they are turned off. Plug them into a power bar you can switch off, or unplug them when you aren’t using them.
4) Look for the label.
Look for the ENERGY STAR® label when you buy light bulbs, appliances, and electronics.
5) Light those candles.
If you don’t need a lot of light at night, you can always light candles instead of keeping the lights on. In the winter this can also add a little extra heat to your home—as can showering with the bathroom door open or cracking your oven door after you cook. If you have cats, dogs, kids, or clumsy roommates, you can also get charmingly realistic battery operated candles, so you can have the energy saving atmosphere without the fire hazard.
Following these five tips can help you cut back your hydro bill in your home or apartment—and you’ll be helping out the environment at the same time.