Electrical Green Tips

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LED Light bulbs offer similar light quality to traditional incandescent, last 25 times as long, and use even less energy than CFLS. Choose ENERGY STAR-qualified LEDs for the highest quality and energy savings.

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Unplug electronics, battery chargers and other equipment when not in use. If all British Columbians unplugged electronics when not in use, it would be like taking 120,000 cars off the road.

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On hot days, close the blinds on south and west facing windows. On cold days, keep them open.

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Install new, high-performance windows to improve your home’s energy performance.

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You can increase the comfort of your home while reducing your heating and cooling needs by up to 10% by investing in proper insulation and sealing air leaks.

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Wash your clothes in cold water using cold-water detergents whenever possible.

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Raise your thermostat 5 degrees in the summer and lower it 3-5 degrees in the winter to save up to 20% annually. Upgrade to a 90% efficient heater or higher A/C system

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Run your dishwasher and clothes washer only when fully loaded. Fewer loads reduce energy and water use. Use the air-dry option instead of the heat-dry. Check and clean the dishwasher drain.

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Turn your water heater down to 120 degrees and upgrade it to a more efficient system.

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Dimmers save electricity when used to lower light levels. Be sure to select products that are compatible with the energy-efficient bulbs you want to use.