Save Money and Help the Environment this Winter with these Power-saving Tips
January 22, 2019
As the temperature drops, SaskPower is reminding homeowners that they can save some money and help the environment by watching their power use.
“Demand for power is highest during the cold and dark winter months, and we’re continuing to see increases in power usage on a yearly basis” said Debbie Nielsen, SaskPower Director of Customer Strategy and Programs. “Making the right choices in appliance use, heating, lighting and other day-to-day activities can add up to a big difference in energy demand – and your power bill.”
Here are 5 power-saving tips to lower your power bill this winter:
- Large appliances account for about 35 per cent of the power use in your home. Look for the ENERGY STAR® symbol when buying new appliances. Always wash full loads of laundry, don’t over-dry your clothes, and avoid opening the oven while cooking.
- Cooling and heating represents about 22 per cent of residential power bills. Changing the temperature of your home by even a few degrees can make a big difference. For every degree you lower your thermostat overnight for an eight-hour period, you can save up to two per cent on your heating costs. When used properly, a programmable thermostat can save a significant amount in energy costs.
- Electronic devices account for about 19 per cent of your home’s electricity costs. Turn off your devices when they are not in use, and consider LED technology for your TVs and monitors. Laptops use up to 90 per cent less electricity per year than desktop computers, so consider making the switch.
- Lighting accounts for about 17 per cent of your home electricity costs. LED bulbs use 80 per cent less electricity and last up to 15 times longer than incandescent bulbs.
- It’s a good idea to plug in your vehicle when the temperature drops below –15 C, but your vehicle only needs to be plugged in for four hours. Install a timer on your vehicle's block heater to save about $30 a year.
SaskPower sets a new record system load nearly every winter due to the low temperatures and increasing number of homes and businesses added to the electrical system every year. The last record 3,792 megawatts was set on December 29, 2017.
More power-saving tips are available here.
At a glance...
- Buy ENERGY STAR® appliances and use them in an efficient manner
- Keep the temperature as low as is comfortable, use a programmable thermostat if possible
- Using a timer when you plug in your car can save you $30 per year on your power bill
- Convert to LED light bulbs
- Visit SaskPower.com for tips on power conservation