Switching to energy efficient lights and appliances means you save money on your energy bills.
Washing your clothes in cold water and hanging them to dry means less wear and tear on your wardrobe.
Using long-life energy efficient light bulbs means not having to replace them as often as regular bulbs. Also, your computer can be programmed to go into sleep mode, saving you the trouble of turning it on and off.
Switching to energy efficient light bulbs in standing lamps (torchieres) can reduce the risk of a house fire if/when an object comes into contact with the bulb.
Did you know almost 90% of the energy used by a conventional light bulb (incandescent light bulb) is not even used to produce light but is wasted as heat?
Replace your five most used normal lights with compact fluorescents. Not only do compact fluorescents use one-sixth the energy for the same amount of light, they last up to 10 times longer!
Beware of the torchiere. A torchiere lamp, which is a tall lamp that sits on the floor and has an exposed bulb at the very top of its post, can use 15-20 times more energy than an energy efficient lamp. They can also be a fire hazard. A 300-watt bulb can get very hot very quickly and can easily set on fire any object, like toys, curtains or clothing that it comes in contact with.
Computers, especially desktop computers that are more than a couple of years old, can use nearly 200 watts. Switch them off when not in use!
If you need to leave your computer on because you use it sporadically throughout the day, be sure you enable the sleep mode for your monitor. For PCs, go to the Start menu, select Settings, then choose Control Panel, click on Display, and then set the Energy Star settings under the Screen Saver tab. NOTE: A screen saver does not save your screen or energy. Put it to sleep!
For more tips on saving energy in the home, visit B.C. Hydro's Power Smart At Home pages.