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Cost and energy-saving tips for summer from Toronto Hydro

Every month is dedicated to something, and June is National Electricity Month. Electricity, the cost of, is everybody’s favourite gripe in Ontario, and Toronto Hydro says it can help people cut down their use during the summer and save a little money. Hydro will also be holding educational sessions at various community events over the month. Here are four tips from Toronto Hydro that could save you money.

Don’t use your clothes dryer. Instead, dry your clothes on a drying rack. That could save you $14 a month, based on the cost of running a dryer for twenty hours.

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Use fans instead of air conditioners. Ceiling fans can save you approximately $20.50 per month. According to the US Department of Energy, ceiling fans are the most effective type of fan because they circulate air throughout a room, creating a slight draft. If used with an air conditioner, you can set the temperature about 3 degrees Celsius higher (6 Fahrenheit) with no reduction in comfort. Depending on conditions, it may be possible to avoid the air conditioner altogether.

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Use air conditioning strategically. Set the air conditioner at 25°C during the day and lower it to 22°C in off-peak time. This can save approximately $18 a month. The Department of Energy adds that, as a general principle, the smaller the difference between the indoor temperature and the outdoor, the less it costs to cool the space. So, set your thermostat as high as comfortably possible when you’re in, and a lttle higher when you’re out. The best way to achieve this is with a programmable thermostat.

Switch from incandescent bulbs to LEDs or CFLs and save more than $120/$100 per year respectively.

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More energy-saving tips from the Department of Energy

  • Avoid using the oven in summer; instead, cook on the stovetop, in the microwave, or on the grill.
  • Seal cracks and openings to keep hot air from seeping into your home (and the reverse in winter).
  • Take advantage of the longer daylight hours and avoid turning on lights until necessary.
  • Use the dishwasher only for full loads, and consider air drying the dishes.
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