Horaay are committed to helping you improve energy efficiency in your home and save money on your electricity bill. Our Save Energy tips will help you find ways to reduce energy consumption and provide information on what to look for when purchasing energy efficient appliances.
Home entertainment and office
- Choose a television that’s appropriate for the size of your room and no larger.
- Choose a laptop computer over a desktop model.
- Look for energy-efficient efficient printers, scanners and fax machines.
- Turn off and unplug your TV, stereo, computer, monitor, printer and speakers and gaming systems when no one is using them.
- Unplug your home electronics and their chargers when they’re not in use.
- Plug each part of your entertainment system and computer into a “smart” power bar.
- Enable your computer’s energy-saving features.
- Look for models with An “Energy Save” switch, separate temperature controls for the fridge and freezer, easy-rolling wheels and a top-freezer, instead of side-by-side.
- Position the refrigerator at least 5 to 7 cm (2 to 3 in.) from the wall for continuous airflow.
- Clean the condenser coils regularly so air can circulate.
- Position refrigerators away from heat sources such as ovens, dishwashers, direct sunlight and heating vents.
- Set your refrigerator’s temperature between 1.7°C and 3.3°C (35°F and 38°F) and the freezer at -18°C (0°F) for maximum efficiency.
- Make sure the door seals are clean and tight; they should hold a slip of paper snugly.
- Choose a smaller model of oven.
- Look for self-cleaning models, which are better insulated.
- Choose a halogen or induction cooktop over a conventional burner.
- Don’t pre-heat your oven for more than 10 minutes.
- Turn off the oven a few minutes before cooking is complete.
- Don’t open the oven door too often.
- Match your pot to the size of the element.
- Clean the filter regularly.
- Run your dishwasher only when it is full.
- Select the no-heat drying cycle (also called “air drying”).
- Do not rinse dishes before putting them into the dishwasher, especially with hot water.
- Keep your freezer full.
- Set the temperature to -18 °C and no colder.
- Regularly defrost your freezer.
- Check the freezer door’s seal by closing the door on sheet of paper. If it’s held tightly in place, the seal’s OK.
- Keep your freezer out of direct sunlight and away from heat sources.
- Invest in ceiling fans to help circulate the air.
- Keep the house closed up tight during hot days.
- Set your central air conditioning to the warmest comfortable thermostat setting.
- Make sure your air conditioner is in the shade; it will use 10% less electricity.
- Start your air conditioner early and let it cool gradually, rather than starting late at a higher setting.
- Shut closet doors to avoid cooling an unused space.
- Turn off lights and appliances.
- Avoid placing lamps or TV sets near your room air conditioning unit.
- Plant leafy trees or shrubs on the sunny side of your house for shade.
- Look for LED light as opposed to incandescent bulbs for both indoor and outdoor use.
- Choose light-coloured paints and loose-weave curtains that reflect more light.
- Invest in controls, like timers, dimmers and photo cells.
- Turn off lights whenever you leave a room.
- Dust your lamps, shades, light fixtures and bulbs regularly.
- Use reading lamps or other forms of task lighting.
- Place floor lamps or table lamps in a corner instead of in the middle of a wall.
- Look for washers with a water-level control or a small-load basket and a variety of temperature controls.
- Fill your washer up, but don’t overload it or you could damage the machine.
- Use cold water. Studies show that clothes rinsed in cold water come out just as clean as those rinsed in warm water.
- For heavy-duty loads, wash in warm, rather than hot water.
- Use a minimal amount of High Efficiency (HE) detergents.
- Use the presoak option for extra-dirty clothes.
- Set the water level for each load.
- Install your washer close to the water heater.
- Look for dryers with a sensor and a “perma-press” setting.
- Clean the filter before every load.
- Check the dryer vent to the outside of your home regularly, too, and make sure the automatic flap is working properly.
- Don’t put dripping wet clothes into your dryer; wring them out first.
- Fill your dryer, but don’t overfill it – too much clothing blocks airflow.
- Sort out your clothes by thickness and dry thin items in one load and thicker items, like towels, in another.
- Start your second load of drying as soon as the first is finished, while the dryer is still warm.
- Avoid over-drying your clothes.