Residential tips & resources

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  • Unless you're baking, preheating the oven isn't necessary especially for roasts or casseroles. When appropriate, use the broiler. It saves energy and requires no pre-heating.

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  • Watch out for air leaks! Weatherstrip around windows, doors, outlets and vents to keep cold air from escaping.

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  • Check the reflectors under your stovetop burners. The cleaner they are, the better they will reflect the heat.

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  • Although they are more expensive, front-loading washing machines use one-half to one-third less energy than older top-loading models because they use less water. 

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  • Wash laundry in cold water whenever possible. 

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  • Try using an outdoor clothesline to dry your laundry - clothes will last longer and smell great! 

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  • Be friendly to the environment. Look for phosphate-free laundry soap. 

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  • Wrap your electric water heater with an insulating blanket to reduce energy loss by up to 40 per cent. Be sure it’s CSA certified.

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  • Self-cleaning ovens generally have upgraded insulation. This is convenient and also more energy efficient for regular cooking.

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