The Benefits of Energy Conservation
Looking to save money while helping the environment? Here are things you can do at home, on the go, and at work to reduce energy use.
Saving energy at home
If you are considering home renovations, or just want to get some quick savings, make the most of the following ideas to improve your home comfort and reduce costs.
- Save money through lowering heating and cooling bills. Consider installing a smart thermostat that will automatically adjust heating and cooling temperature settings in your home for optimal performance.
- Replace old appliances with energy efficient furnaces, refrigerators, washing machines, and dishwashers.
- Practice energy saving habits by switching off lights and appliances when you don’t need them, making sure doors and windows are firmly closed, and by remembering to adjust your thermostat when you know you’ll be away from the home.
- Consider replacing old windows and doors with the latest well-insulated windows and doors. Learn about our Clean Energy Improvement Program to see how the City can assist with making energy efficient upgrades affordable!
- Cut down drafts around windows and doors by replacing seals.
- Rooftop solar panels can cut down electricity costs while powering homes with clean energy.
- Keep the heat inside in the winter and outside in the summer by reinsulating your walls or roof.
- Replace incandescent bulbs with energy efficient alternatives and consider installing lighting controls to automatically turn off or on lights as needed.
Saving energy on the go
- Cut down on costs and greenhouse gas emissions by taking transit.
- Save money on fuel by carpooling with others.
- Save money on fuel and maintenance by switching to a hybrid or electric model vehicle.
- Improve your health and while cutting down on fuel use by walking or biking when possible.
Saving energy at a business or workplace
- Rooftop solar can reduce electricity costs while powering businesses with clean energy.
- Install smart control systems for heating and lighting to reduce energy use during times of low-occupancy.
- Measure the energy use of a building through energy assessments to identify areas of improvement.
- Purchase energy efficient equipment and electronics where possible.
- Replace incandescent bulbs with energy efficient alternatives.
- Energy efficient HVAC systems can save money while improving indoor air quality.
- Sealing windows and doors can reduce air leaks and decrease heating and cooling costs.