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EnergyDoing your part to reduce your household greenhouse gas emissions will save you money, keep our air clean and promote a healthy, sustainable community. Here are some ways you can contribute:

Level One:
- Keep air vents free of debris
- Close damper on fireplace when not in use
- Turn down or turn off heat in garage
- Try and alternative method of travel once a week
- Air-dry your clothes
- Unplug appliances when not in use
- Use a power cord for electronics and turn off when not in use
- Fill dishwasher fully before running
- Air or towel dry dishes instead of using the dry cycle
- Use cold water to wash clothes
- Take shorter showers

Level Two: Level Three:
- Install blinds or curtains for better insulation - Replace old appliances with new Energy Star certified
- Replace light bulbs with LED or CFL - Check you insulation (floors, walls, ceilings, basement)
- Caulk all gaps around plugs, pipes or joints - Replace old windows with high efficiency windows
- Install new weather stripping - Replace old wood stove with EPA certified one
- Install a programable thermostat - Replace your old furnace
- Service your furnace annually - Install a heat pump
- Wrap your water heater in an insulated blanket - Install solar panels or windmills
- Install low flow faucets and shower heads


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  • Unplug electronics when not in use. Electronics that are plugged in continue to use energy even when not in use. You could be spending up to $100 per month on wasted energy. 
  • An LCD model television uses half the energy of a plasma TV, let alone your old tube and rear projection televisions.
  • Replace old, computer monitors with a flat-panel model. Save the equivalent of leaving a 50-watt bulb on for an entire year.
  • Unplug power adapters and battery chargers. Cellphone chargers and other electronic gadgets constantly consume power and account for about 5 per cent of your electricity bill
  • Conduct an Energy Audit. The average building loses up to 20 per cent of heat from air ducts alone. Conduct informal audits by locating drafts with a lit candle or incense. Hire a professional to audit, plan and prioritize the necessary improvements to save you money.
  • Schedule maintenance on your furnace.
  • Buy a programmable thermostat to make setting temperatures easy.
  • Check and change furnace filters regularly - dirty filters can reduce airflow and make your furnace work harder.
  • Turn your thermostat down to 20 degrees Celsius during the day and to 17 degrees Celsius at night to save as much as 15 per cent on your energy bill.
  • Use an outdoor timer to plug in your car's block heater for two hours before you need it.
  • Only plug in your car's block heater when temperatures dip below -15 C.