Six gold-medal tips to be energy wise this summer

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The equipment we use to care for our yards, cool down and relax in summer is often energy intensive. But by taking the right steps and choosing the right products, you can enjoy the warm season and be more energy wise!

1. Set the temperature at 25°C

Even though you use less air conditioning than heating during the year, cooling still impacts your bottom line. Your home’s air‑conditioning system could account for nearly 20% of your summer electricity bill. Setting your temperature between 22 and 25°C will keep you cool and help you save. Remember: the lower the temperature setting, the more energy your air conditioner will consume. If you shut the curtains and blinds on the windows that are exposed to the sun, less heat will enter your home. Use fans in combination with air conditioners to save even more on your electricity bill. And through the LogisVert Efficient Homes Program, you could receive up to $6,700 in financial assistance towards the purchase of a heat pump. Don’t miss out!

2. Air dry your clothes

In summer, hanging your clothes to dry could help you save more than 150 kWh or the equivalent of about $12. For major savings, wash in cold water since hot water can cost up to 18 times more. Two simple ways to make your next load more efficient!

Don’t have a clothesline? Drying racks come in all sizes, and you’re sure to find one that fits in your laundry room or on your balcony.

3. Invest in a timer, solar cover and heat pump for your pool

Pool filtration and heating can account for up to 70% of your summer electricity costs. Fortunately, there’s equipment that’ll help you enjoy your pool and save money on your energy bill.

A pool heat pump is an effective way to keep the water at the right temperature so you can make the most of the summer a little longer! A solar pool cover will limit heat loss, leading to substantial savings that will exceed the purchase cost by the end of the first summer. It’d be a shame not to benefit from one!

Install a pool timer on the filter pump and save up to 45% on filtration costs without sacrificing water quality.

4. Smart outdoor lighting

There’s nothing better than a cozy outdoor setting on a nice summer evening. Choose LED bulbs for your electric lighting products and be sure to turn them off at night or when you’re not using them to avoid wasting energy. Shut off your outdoor lights from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. and you could save up to $25 per bulb, per year.

Thinking of creating a private oasis in your backyard? Have you considered solar lights? By capturing the sun’s rays during the day to create light at night, you’ll be relying on another clean and renewable source of energy. It doesn’t get much better than that!

5. Choose electric equipment for your yardwork

If your lawnmower is on its last legs or if you’re in the market for new yard tools to care for your property, consider an electric lawnmower, edger, hedge trimmer, leaf blower or chainsaw.

They’re more environmentally friendly than gas‑powered models, often easier to maintain and less noisy (your neighbors will thank you!).

6. Consider your consumption habits

To find out what’s influencing your bill this summer or whether you’re using more or less electricity than your neighbors, use the Energy Performance Indicator in your Customer Space. The powerful algorithms can estimate the electricity costs of household uses like air conditioning and a swimming pool. It’s a great ally if you want to adopt more eco-friendly habits this summer!

Going green while making the most of summer is, in fact, possible — and often easier than you might think! By taking the right steps, we can all become energy-saving champions.