Use advanced power strips for electronics

Power bar graphicYou can reduce the residual power draw from older electronics by plugging them into advanced power strips. Some models will also protect your electronics from damage in the event of a power surge. An advanced power strip is a convenient way to turn off multiple devices in your home theatre system at once, while maintaining connections for always-on devices such as personal video recorders (PVRs) or other set-top boxes.

 

Install water-saving shower heads and aerator faucets

Shower head graphicAlthough the cost varies depending on whether your water is gas or electrically heated, the average B.C. household uses nearly $250 worth of electricity every year to keep the hot water flowing.

Installing efficient showerheads and tap aerators will help cut down on the amount of water you use, without sacrificing water pressure. Installing a high-efficiency aerator on your kitchen sink could save you $28 per year in hot water costs. Replacing a conventional showerhead with a high-efficiency model is as inexpensive as $15 and is usually a quick and simple job.

 

Should I hang my clothes to dry indoors?

Clothes on line graphicThe best way to save energy during the warmer months, hands down, is to hang your clothes to dry outside on a clothesline or drying rack. But when it’s cold or wet out, you’ll have to resort to machine drying or hanging clothes indoors. Be careful with the latter, as damp clothes can increase the risk of mildew and make your furnace or heaters work harder.

There are circumstances when indoor drying makes sense, however:

  • For delicate fabrics where tumble-drying is not recommended.
  • For clothes with stubborn stains (tumble-drying will help make the stain permanent).
  • When you just need to wash one item (e.g. when travelling).

Shake or wring garments over a sink before hanging. For best results, use a proper drying rack or flatbed rack located near a vent or heater in a room with good air circulation. Keep items separated.