Even though your electricity is lower in the summer , a few small changes can help you save even more energy wise in the warmer months.
If you have a pool or an air-conditioning unit, or if you use your dryer year round, you’ll be pleased with the savings that a few simple changes will provide!
Simple, energy-smart changes
- Hang your laundry to dry on a clothesline. This simple change makes a big difference for the environment.
- Wash your clothes in cold water for major savings. Hot water can cost up to 18 times more!
- Be more comfortable in summer by directing the blades of your ceiling fan, which should turn counter clockwise, towards the floor. When you leave the house, remember to turn off the fan.
- Use your barbecue and save. It uses less electricity than the stove and you won’t need to turn on the air conditioning to dissipate the cooking heat.
- At night, turn off your outdoor lights from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. This simple habit could help you save up to $25/bulb/year.
- Unplug your game consoles, which, on an annual basis, can consume more electricity on standby than in use, as well as any other electronics that you seldom use.
Stay cool and save money
Air conditioning is another important source of electricity consumption. Cooling accounts for up to 20% of your summer electricity bill. Make these simple changes for better energy efficiency.
- Increase the set temperature of your air conditioning unit by a few degrees when you leave the house.
- Set the temperature to 24°C: the unit will consume 3 to 5% more electricity for every degree lower.
- Clean the filters, which can obstruct airflow and cause the unit to operate for longer periods of time.
- Close the blinds and curtains on windows that receive direct sunlight and only air condition the main room of your home for more energy savings.
- Turn off the fans when you leave the house. Leaving on a fan that only creates wind is a waste of time and energy.
Make your pool more efficient
Your pool may account for approximately 70% of your summer electricity bill. That’s huge! In fact, the electricity your pool uses in summer is comparable to the consumption of all your household appliances in an entire year. Luckily, with a few changes and a wide range of available pool products—efficient pumps, timers and solar covers—you can achieve major savings.
- Install a timer on your unheated pool to stop the pump for 6 to 12 hours a day and save close to 45% on filtration-related electricity costs. If you don’t use a timer, you can save energy by turning off the pump of your unheated pool.
- Opt for an ENERGY STAR® qualified pool pump.
- Select a two-speed pool pump that can be programmed so you can set the hours that the pump will operate on high and low speed to simplify your life and maximize savings.
- Use a solar pool cover every day, especially at night and even when temperatures are high. Be relying less on your pool heater and letting the sun do some of the work, you could save up to 50% on your water heating costs. For example, using a solar pool cover every day on an above-ground (5.4 m [18 ft.]) or in-ground (5.4 m [18 ft.] x 11 [36 ft.]) pool could help you save $110 and $230, respectively.
- Lower the set temperature of your pool from 29°C (84.2°F) to 27°C (80.6°F) to reduce your electricity consumption by approximately 25%.
Don’t forget your spa
- For savings, lower the standby temperature by 1 or 2 degrees.
- Put the cover on after each use to retain heat.
Advantages of electric mowers
When it comes to lawn maintenance, opt for energy-smart tools: electrical appliances that perform better, consume less and are more environmentally friendly.
- They’re less noisy than gas models.
- They’re easier to start, since they have a safety switch instead of a pull cord.
- They’re easy to store, being generally lighter than their gas-powered counterparts.
- Cordless models now use lithium-ion batteries, which are more efficient than the previous generations. This means a state-of-the-art cordless mower can now mow 500 m2 of lawn on a single charge.
- Their battery can often be used in other tools—edgers, hedge trimmers, leaf blowers or chainsaws, for example.
- Battery-operated mowers use 2 X 216 Wh. Gas mowers, in turn, use 650 mL of fuel in one hour, which works out to 10 times more energy consumption. As a result, for every 15 hours of use, a gas model will cost $12.87 compared to just 4¢ for an electric model.
Other garden maintenance tools
- Electric leaf blowers and chainsaws are also more economical than equivalent gas-powered models.
- Consuming one litre of gasoline per hour, a gas-fuelled edger will cost $22.95 to use for 15 hours. The electric model consumes only 216 Wh, costing only 2.5¢ for the same period.
Did you know?
Did you know that some lawnmowers, like plug-in or cordless (battery-powered) models, are up to 10 times more energy efficient than gas mowers?