You may not even realize just how much electricity you’re using until you get that terrifyingly high hydro bill. That shock of panic does not have to lead to additional stress; instead, use it as a wake up call! There are small changes that can be made to shave off high costs from your hydro bill.
To keep your hydro bill down, POM Plumbing has these five tips for you to reduce your electricity use:
1. Unplug Phantom Powers
“Phantom power” refers to electricity drawn from an electronic device even if it is not powered on, but is still plugged in. Many leave their electronic devices plugged into an outlet all day, even if they are not home to use the device. Phantom power can account for as much as 15% of a home’s electricity use. To cut down on hydro bill costs, simply ensure all the electronic devices that are not in use for the day are unplugged from the entire bar. You should also turn the entire bar off when you leave your house.
2. Switch to LED Lights
According to Hydro One, switching from fluorescent light bulbs to LED bulbs can reduce your electricity use by up to 75%. That is a dramatic difference and a cost-effective one at that as LED lights are much cheaper to run. LED lights have a long service life and use very little power to operate.
3. Purchase A Programmable Thermostat
A significant portion of your home’s energy goes toward the heating and cooling of your home, including unoccupied spaces. For every one degree you turn the thermostat down when you’re sleeping, you’re using 1% less energy. A programmable thermostat allows you to reduce energy when you’re away at work or sleeping and do not require heating or cooling as much. For example, setting your thermostat to 18 degrees when you’re sleeping or away from home can reduce your heating costs as much as 10%.
4. Run Dishwasher During Off-Peak Hours
Running your dishwasher only when it’s full and during off-peak hours can cut down on your hydro bill. Set the dishwasher to the “air-dry” setting or leave the door open to dry naturally and save on energy. This can cut down on as much as half the electricity charge than running the dishwasher during peak hours.
5. Use Cold Water for Laundry
25% of all hot water is used for washing clothes; significantly adding to the high cost of an energy bill. Switching to cold water for washing your clothes and rinsing them can save a significant amount of energy. Wait until you need to do a full load of laundry and if you can, wash your clothes during off-peak hours.
POM Plumbing’s professional, licensed technicians can help cut down your energy costs by ensuring your taps and pipes are in top condition to help you reduce water use. If you’re in search of efficient Mississauga plumbers, our professionals at POM Plumbing are the answer. Book for an estimate today!