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How to save energy with heating and cooling

Electric bills typically reach their highest in the winter and summer months as we crank up the heat or the AC. But there are smarter ways to keep your home comfortable.

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Save money while you sleep

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Turning your thermostat down from 21.5°C to 16°C while you sleep can save up to 10% on your heating bill. Heating costs rise about 5% for every degree above 20°C (68°F), so setting your thermostat at the right temperature is important.

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Try lowering your thermostat to 18°C when active

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Try lowering your thermostat to 18°C for activities like cooking or housework to save on heating costs.

Cool it on your energy use

Try turning your thermostat down a few degrees for a week, then go online and see if you can spot your savings.


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Cool it on your energy use

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Only heat the space you need

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If you have baseboard heaters, only use them in occupied rooms. They don't circulate air well so heat the space you need, when you need it.

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Try 21°C when relaxing

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Try lowering your thermostat to 21°C for activities like relaxing or watching TV. Heating costs rise about 5% for every degree above 20°C (68°F), so setting your thermostat at the right temperature for your level of activity is important.

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Turn electric heating down a few degrees

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If you have electric heating, turning your thermostat down 2-3 degrees can save you up to 5% (approximately $56 a year) on your bill. Check out our recommended temperature settings.

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Improve your air flow

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Ceiling fans use one-tenth of the energy of an air conditioner. To lower indoor temperatures, set the fan to rotate counter-clockwise. Also, place a portable fan near an open window in the evening or morning hours to draw cooler outside air into your home.

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Don't let the hot air in

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Keeping windows and blinds closed, especially in rooms that are exposed to direct sunlight, can block up to 65% of the heat that enters your home. In the evening and early morning, open them to release warm air and bring cooler air into your home.

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Keep your winter bill chill

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Although every home is different, electricity bills go up an average of 66% during the winter. It's when we spend more time at home, with the lights and heat on. Stay on track by making smart energy choices and changes, and always keep an eye on your consumption using MyHydro.

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Make life easier for your HVAC system

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To ensure your HVAC system isn't working harder than necessary, have all components cleaned regularly. A dust-and-grime-free system will ensure unrestricted airflow, maximize heat transfer, and improve efficiency.

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Save money while away from home

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Lowering your thermostat to 16°C while you're away from home can save up to $60 in your annual heating costs.

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Cover your windows

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Did you know that closing your curtains, blinds, and drapes can help optimize your temperature in your home? By closing your window coverings you'll reduce cold drafts around windows in cooler weather, and keep out the sun when it's hot.

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How can you adjust your thermostat to save money while you sleep?

Decrease your thermostat by 1-2 degrees at night to save on your energy bill.

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Predict the future of your next bill

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Log in to MyHydro to review your current billing period and forecast your electricity costs. You can see your consumption (as of the previous day) by month, week, day or even hour, and see the forecasted electricity costs based on your usage to date.