Summer Energy Tips
Take a holiday from high energy bills this summer
Ready to take some well-deserved time off and head for the beach? Give your home appliances a break, too, and you'll come home to a lower energy bill.
- If you have a pool, you can save energy maintaining it by giving your pool pump a break. Cutting back its operating hours to the minimum needed to keep your pool clean will save money and extend the life of your pump. Invest in a pool cover and keep the pool covered when it’s not in use. You’ll retain natural heat from the sun and reduce the need to use the heat pump.
- Eliminate condensation on windows and walls by controlling high humidity. Installing a whole-home dehumidifier like the Humiditrol® dehumidification system reduces excess moisture to help you feel more comfortable and lower your risk of developing mould and mildew problems.
- Plant trees to keep your cool. Adding deciduous trees around your home will block the sun's rays to avoid overheating your home. The trees will lose their leaves in the winter, so the sun can help warm your home when it's needed.
- Don't force your air conditioning system to work harder than it has to. Make sure curtains and furniture aren't blocking any vents, and keep lamps away from the thermostat.
- Use microwaves, slow-cookers and other smaller appliances to prepare dinner. You’ll save on the energy used by your conventional oven and reduce the heat load on your air conditioner too.