Show yourself the money with energy efficiency

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Whether you’re a farmer in rural Alberta, a business owner in Grande Prairie or a homeowner or renter in Calgary, you’re probably interested in reducing your energy use and saving money on your bills. After all, who doesn’t like to keep a little more cash in their pocket?

Energy efficiency is a great way to do just that. So where do we start?

Yes, there are some creative suggestions out there, such as using your cat as a hot water bottle or setting up a “Turn-Off Jar” that household members pay into every time they leave on the lights or an appliance. But if you’re looking for more practical tips, here’s a trio that you’ll want to consider:

  1. Instead of running your computer 24/7, use sleep mode or the power-saving feature to save more than $50 per year.
  2. Stream TV and movies on your DVD player or PVR instead of a gaming console – and use 35 to 40 per cent less power as a result.
  3. Switch on that smart power bar or plug you bought recently (you bought one recently, right?), which will automatically turn off your electronics when they’re not in use and cut your energy use by about 10 per cent.

These are just three easy ways to incorporate energy efficiency into your day-to-day life, and while it may seem like they’re small steps, when considered collectively, they can really add up. Every little bit really does help.

Looking for more ways to tap into savings? Energy Efficiency Alberta is a great resource for more information on programs and incentives, and you can use their Home Efficiency and Learn About Lighting tools to learn more about energy efficiency and see what works best for your home or business. You can also email Energy Efficiency Alberta at hello@efficiencyalberta.ca or call toll-free at 1-844-357-2604 if you have questions.

Have an energy-saving tip you’d like to share? Leave a comment below to let us know what you do to cut energy use around your home or business and why other Albertans should do it, too.

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