Saving tips for every sector

Saving electricity is money in the bank

Smart businesses know that saving electricity is good for the bottom line. Whether you run a large industrial operation or a corner cafe, these top tips will help you save electricity year after year.

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Energy-saving tips for foodservice customers

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  • Install a programmable thermostat to automatically adjust temperature settings. Every degree of cooling increases energy use by up to 5 per cent.
  • Set refrigerator thermostats to 3.2°C and freezers between -18°C and -15°C for optimal efficiency.
  • Schedule pre-heating times for kitchen equipment such as ovens, grills, broilers and fryers to avoid heating unnecessarily.
  • Add reflectors to dining room fixtures. You’ll reduce the number of lights and total wattage by 25 per cent—with no decrease in light levels.
  • Make sure oven and refrigerator doors fit tightly and gaskets are in good condition.
  • Use high-velocity, low-flow kitchen sprayers and save up to $1,000 a year in hot water costs.

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Energy-saving tips for hotels and motels

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  • Install energy-efficient lighting in guest rooms and service areas such as storage rooms, housekeeping closets and walk-in refrigerators.
  • Run dishwashing and laundry operations during off-peak periods when electricity prices are lowest.
  • Schedule guest room cleaning during daylight hours to take advantage of the natural light available.
  • Limit the general-use hot-water temperature to 43°C. If the faucet is too hot, guests will add cold water, which increases both water and energy use.
  • Check for worn and cracked caulking on doors and windows of all rooms to keep air leaks sealed.
  • Place tent cards and decals in guest rooms with energy-saving tips for guests.

Energy-saving tips for grocery and retail stores

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  • Install ENERGY STAR® certified LED exit signs. They last up to 10 years.
  • Find out if you qualify for up to $1,500 in FREE lighting upgrades.
  • Keep boxes, curtains and displays clear of vents. Blocking airflow reduces the efficiency of HVAC systems and increases energy costs.
  • For supermarkets with bakeries, shift baking and other electricity-heavy work to nights and early in the morning when electricity rates are lowest.
  • Upgrade store and refrigeration case lighting to reduce energy use by up to 75 per cent.
  • Close the door. In the summer, wasted air conditioning could add more than $500 to your electricity bill. Learn how you can Keep the Cool in TO.

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Energy-saving tips for offices and small businesses

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  • Switch to LED exit signs for 24-hour savings and payback in less than two years.
  • Choose digital over hard copies: email, videoconferencing, PowerPoint presentations, e-subscriptions and web resources.
  • Use occupancy sensors in copy rooms, lunchrooms, boardrooms and restrooms. You’ll reduce lighting costs by up to 70 per cent. See available incentives.
  • Replace old computers and monitors with ENERGY STAR® certified models to reduce energy use by up to 75 per cent.
  • Keep computers on standby. On average, computers are only used 10 per cent of the time they are turned on.
  • Turn off idle equipment. A copier left on all day and night costs more than $150 a year in wasted electricity.

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Energy-saving tips for condo and apartment buildings

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  • Upgrade common area washing machines. Front-loading ENERGY STAR® certified washers use up to 50 per cent less energy and up to 45 per cent less water.
  • Fix air leaks to prevent heat loss. Weatherstrip around stairwell doors, windows and garbage chutes and seal cracks on exterior walls.
  • Switch to LED bulbs in hallways, stairwells, lobbies and exit signs for savings up to 75 per cent.
  • Install high-performance windows when original windows are beyond repair. RETROFIT PROGRAM incentives pay up to 50 per cent of project costs.
  • Consider switching to suite metering. With unit owners paying only for what they use in their suite, this means more predictable energy costs. Learn more.

Energy-saving tips for schools

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  • Install lighting occupancy controls in classrooms, reading rooms and cafeterias to avoid lighting spaces when not in use.
  • Install ENERGY STAR® certified LED exit signs. They can last up to 10 years, compared to standard incandescents.
  • Evaluate rooftop air conditioners for efficiency. We offer RETROFIT PROGRAM incentives up to 50 per cent of project costs for high-efficiency upgrades.
  • Develop a routine maintenance checklist for HVAC equipment to prevent energy loss caused by dirt build-up in filters and pipe/ducts. You’ll also improve air quality.
  • Engage teachers, parents and students in conservation awareness. Small steps can add up to substantial energy savings.

Energy-saving tips for hospitals

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  • Seal air leaks. Regularly maintain and replace caulking and weatherstripping around windows and doors.
  • Install lighting controls, sensors and dimmers in spaces that are unoccupied after a set time. You’ll reduce lighting costs by up to 70 per cent.
  • Save energy in operating rooms. Make-up air units draw 100 per cent of their air from outside. Install occupancy sensors to reduce speeds of air supply and exhaust fans when operating rooms are unoccupied. RETROFIT PROGRAM incentives pay up to 50 per cent of project costs.
  • Install high-performance windows. Reduce heat loss, noise and keep patients comfortable with energy-efficient windows.
  • Use motion-sensor activated taps to reduce water waste.

Energy-saving tips for industrial facilities

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  • Find leaks in compressed air systems. A 1/32" hole wastes enough electricity to power nine homes!
  • Install occupancy controls in break rooms, restrooms and loading docks to turn lights down or off when not needed. Report areas where lights can be turned off.
  • Not using it? Power down. Turn off idling equipment when it’s not in use to reduce energy waste.
  • To reduce heat loss from loading docks, use brush type seals and inflatable hinge seals for dock doors. Or, use dock shelters that enclose the rear of the truck.
  • Upgrade to energy-efficient lighting. Where possible, switch to T-8 tubes or LED lighting to reduce electricity costs. RETROFIT PROGRAM incentives pay up to 50 per cent.
  • Shut exterior and bay doors to keep the cool air in and electricity costs down.

Energy-saving tips for laundromats

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  • Water heaters consume the most energy in your facility and up to 90 per cent of the energy used to operate washing machines is associated with heating the water.
  • Turn off the water heater at night when the business is closed.
  • Upgrade old water heaters with energy-efficient models.
  • Wrap water heater storage tanks in an insulating water heater blanket – a specially designed blanket will pay for itself in energy saved within one year. Be sure to read the manufacturer’s instructions. If the manufacturer has instructed not to insulate the water heater, do not insulate it or you may create a safety hazard.
  • If possible, install high-efficiency commercial washers. Front-loading machines can cut energy costs of up to 50 per cent and use about 30 per cent less water. Energy efficient and front-loading commercial clothes washers also last five to 10 years longer than standard top-loading machines.

Did you know?

Lighting an average small office overnight wastes enough electricity to heat water for 1,000 cups of coffee.

How to engage employees

Here are a few ways to create a conservation culture in the workplace.

  • Encourage employees to make energy efficiency a priority at work.
  • Reward employees for contributing energy-saving ideas.
  • Set milestones and goals each month.
  • Recognize employees for their acts of green.
  • Create a recycling program.

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