As winter settles in and Jack Frost nips at our noses, energy costs tend to climb. But we don't have to take drastic measures to reduce sky-high energy bills. Take a look at these simple changes that can be made to everyday routines to put money back in your wallet:
Rid your home of phantom energy by unplugging electronics and gadgets. Even when not in use, appliances like your TV, toaster and computer are on standby mode and still suck energy. To eliminate this waste, unplug your home electronics when they aren't in use.
Embrace the cold
Wash and rinse your clothes in cold water. Worried cold water won't be as effective as hot? Think again. Detergents like Tide Coldwater are specifically designed to work in cold water conditions and are just as effective at removing stains and odours. Better yet, washing with Tide Coldwater can save you $7 per load in energy costs so consider turning down the dial next time you're washing your clothes. More information is online at tide.ca.
Nothing warms the soul better than a home cooked meal that has been simmering all day long. During the winter months, try using a slow cooker instead of the oven. Despite the longer cooking times, slow cookers use less energy than ovens.
Install a programmable thermostat in your home to reduce your energy costs. During the winter months, set the heat a few degrees lower during the day when you aren't home. For those extra chilly nights, try grabbing a sweatshirt, adding an extra blanket or cuddling up to your loved ones. These options keep you toasty warm and put money back in your pocket.
Let it rain
Though a long soak in the tub can be tempting, showers use less energy than baths. For even more energy savings, keep showers short and choose a low-flow shower head.
reprinted from: www.newscanada.com