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If benefiting the planet isn’t reason enough, you might also be happy to know that reducing energy use in your home can drastically decrease your monthly utility bills. While some ways to become more energy conscious require some initial investment, there are other methods to save energy that require minimal effort with big results.

  1. Unplug any electronic devices when you’re not using them. Yes, this includes chargers! Even if your appliances are turned off or if your chargers aren’t actively plugged into your phone or computer, most will continue to use a small amount of power. While the amount of energy used by electronic devices when turned off is small, consider all the electronics in your home and the energy that they are using at all hours of the day and night. It’s easy to see how this can add up!
  2. Turn off the lights in rooms you aren’t using. As another example of how small savings can accumulate over time, even this simple action can make a huge difference in your home’s energy efficiency.
  3. Switch from oil or electric to a heat pump and save big! Not only can a heat pump deliver heat during the winter, but it can also cool your home during the summer months. Some heat pumps can also heat water.
  4. Ensure that your refrigerator is running at its best! Because your refrigerator remains turned on twenty-four hours a day, it is one of the most expensive appliances in your home. To potentially reduce the energy costs related to your refrigerator, make sure that the door seal is free of gaps that might allow cold air to escape. Also, only keep your spare fridge or freezer turned on when you need it!
  5. Insulate! Even if you are using the most efficient system to heat and cool your home (a heat pump, for example), you can still rack up significant energy waste if your walls, roof, and windows are unable to keep comfortable air in and colder air out.
  6. Washing your clothes in cold water can save you money, reduce carbon emissions, and improve your overall energy efficiency.

By employing at least a few of these energy-saving strategies in your Victoria home, you’ll reduce your carbon footprint and start to put a dent in your typical utility costs. While forming these new habits can be difficult, you will no doubt be impressed with the results!

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