Energy conservation programs in Ontario are now delivered through the Independent Electricity System Operatior (IESO).

Appliances

  • Use your dishwasher and dryer early in the morning, in the evening or on weekends when electricity rates are lower.
  • Only run full loads in the dishwasher.
  • Use an outdoor clothesline during summer to save electricity.
  • When buying a new washing machine, look for an ENERGY STAR qualified front-load model to reduce water use by almost 45% and energy use by about 65%.
  • Do laundry only when you have a full load.
  • Refrigerators are one of the biggest electricity users in the home, so it pays to consider an ENERGY STAR qualified model.
  • The ENERGY STAR symbol on a new fridge means:

    • It is at least 15% more energy-efficient than the minimum standards set federally.
    • Uses half as much electricity as a fridge that's 10 years old.

Cooling and Heating Your Home

  • In the summer, set your central air conditioner (CAC) for 25°C when you are home, and 28°C when away. Or, if you can, turn it off.
  • Service your central air system annually.
  • Clean or replace the furnace filter once a month to keep it operating efficiently. A clogged filter impedes furnace performance.
  • Have a licensed HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning) professional service your furnace yearly to ensure it is operating at maximum efficiency.

Phantom Power

  • Electronic devices left plugged in, even when turned off, still draw power. It's called phantom power or standby power, and it's costing you money. Plug electronics into a power bar with a timer or auto shut-off and make sure they are off during periods of inactivity.
  • By reducing this unnecessary power use, you could help save up to 20% on your electricity use.

Seasonal Tips

  • Check for gaps. Weather-strip around doors, fireplace dampers, attic hatches and air conditioners. Reducing drafts, can save up to 30% a year on heating costs.
  • Choose energy-efficient Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) when you need to replace light bulbs.

 Helpful Websites

  • Visit the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) web site to access an interactive Kilowatt Way Time-of-Use Calculator that lets you see what it costs to run various appliances in your home at different times of the day.
  • Visit the Ontario Ministry of Energy web site emPOWERme to better understand how Ontario's electricity system works including new videos, interactive learning tools about how you can save energy, save money and how Ontario is building clean energy.