Reading your natural gas meter is one way to tell how much natural gas you’re using each month.
Regardless of who you buy your natural gas from in Ontario, your local gas utility company is responsible for reading your meter. It is good to know how to read your gas meter, as you will be able to determine whether or not you’re being accurately billed. If you notice an error, you can notify your gas distributor a few days before the next bill is due to be generated, and have it adjusted accordingly.
Caulking and Sealing Saves Energy – weatherstripping and caulking helps to keep heat and air conditioned air where it should be – in your home!
Constantly heating and cooling your home will not do much if your home has air leaking right out of it due to gaps between framing and door frames and other gaps in the house. Proper sealing saves energy because it is used to seal those gaps around moving and still parts in your home such as windows, doors, plumbing and more. Expanding foam caulk can fill gaps between doors and frames and non expending insulating foam can be used on things like baseboard, ceiling and tiles.
Here is a simple list of energy savings tips that could trim your energy use.
- Install Dimmer Switches in your home– this helps you to use as much light as needed.
- LED Lighting – switch most widely used bulbs in your home to LED. Replace the rest as they burn out. LED bulbs use about 90 % less energy than regular bulbs.
- Wash Laundry in Cold water – For additional energy savings in your home wash laundry in cold water. About 90 % of energy usage in washing machines goes to heating water.
- Full Load Laundry and Dishwasher – You can maximize energy savings by only doing full load laundry and dishwashing. Laundry and dishwasher machines use lot electricity.
Windstream Energy LLC, the company that recently won $25-million in damages from a NAFTA tribunal because its offshore wind farm was cancelled by the Ontario government, says it still wants to go ahead with the project.
The proposed 100-turbine wind farm, planned for five kilometers off Kingston in Lake Ontario, is still viable and “we are prepared to go forward with this project,” Windstream director David Mars said in an interview Thursday. Indeed it would be more financially viable than it was when first proposed several years ago because offshore wind technology has improved, he said.
Electricity costs increased another 4% on May 1, 2016. The government blames the latest increase on the recent mild winter which resulted in lower electricity consumption. After raising hydro rates every year for the past 8 years, resulting in a cumulative increase of 140%, the fact that they even feel the need to offer an excuse for this particular rate increase is laughable.
The majority of Ontario electricity users pay time-of-use prices. If you’ve signed an electricity contract with a company, these prices will not affect you. There are three time-of-use price periods:
Off-peak, when demand for electricity is lowest. Ontario households use the majority of their electricity – nearly two thirds of it – during off-peak hours.
Mid-peak, when demand for electricity is moderate. These periods are during the daytime, but not the busiest times of day.
On-peak, when demand is highest. The busiest times of day. Generally when people are cooking, firing up their computers and running heaters or air conditioners.
The chart above below shows the price you pay today for electricity at different times of the day.
You may not realize it but even when our appliances and devices are powered off but still plugged in, they are using power. This is known as “vampire electronics”.
And this can have significant impact on a consumer’s wallet. Vampire electronics can add more than $100 per year to your electricity bills.