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With winter approaching, here are a few tips to apply on a daily basis to lower your energy consumption and save a good deal of money.

Control temperature in your home

 

  • Reduce the temperature in rooms that are unoccupied. You can easily lower it to 15 or 16 °C.
  • Lower the temperature by 3 to 4 °C when you're away during the day and when you're sleeping at night.
  • Install electronic thermostats. They are more accurate and will make your electricity bill go down.
  • During the day, leave curtains open to let the heat of the sun come in. By night, close them to keep the heat inside.

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Good insulation is essential

  • Check if your doors and windows let the heat out. Don't hesitate to caulk them if it's the case.
  • Don't hesitate to apply a plastic film over windows to prevent cold air from coming in.
  • Check your dryer's duct and the chimney's air vent (if you don't use it). You must keep an eye on those entry points.

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Other tips to apply to save money

  • Make sure there is no furniture blocking your electric heaters or radiators.
  • Got old appliances? When you buy new ones, choose some that are low consumption.
  • Use low-flow showerheads.
  • Clean up accumulated dust in heating devices.
  • Wash your clothes in cold water.
  • Aerate the rooms of your home, and this, even in winter. Make sure to reduce the temperature first.
  • Whenever possible, choose hang drying to avoid using the dryer.
  • Unplug electronic devices when they're not in use. In fact, most of the energy consumption occurs when they're turned off.