Energy Shifting and Saving Tips


The most energy intensive appliances are those that heat or cool air or water.  Focus on shifting them for the greatest benefit. If you have a self cleaning oven or electric lawn mower, consider using them on weekends to take advantage of off-peak rates.
Wrap your electric hot water tank and pipes in a special tank blanket to help keep its heat. (Don’t wrap a gas heater; an inappropriate or incorrectly installed blanket is dangerous.) If you need to purchase a new appliance, consider appliances with timer functions that allow you to take advantage of Time-of-Use rates and always look for the Energy Star label.
Shift laundry to off-peak periods where possible.  Rinse and wash with cold water whenever possible. In the summer, keep blinds and curtains closed to keep out midday sun.
Shift dishwasher use to off-peak periods where possible. Always run full loads; use the air-dry setting. Install a programmable thermostat and set it to reduce your energy use when you’re not at home and when you’re sleeping.
In the summer, avoid running your air conditioner from 11am to 5pm on weekdays – consider a fan first for cooling. Use a portable fan in conjunction with your air conditioner and set the thermostat to 26-28 C.
Put your electronics and chargers on power bars with timers. Set the timer for chargers to come on during off-peak periods and shut off after only a few hours of charging. Have electronics turned off while you’re asleep or away. If you have a swimming pool, sauna, or spa, try using timers where possible to operate pumps, filters and heaters during off-peak periods where prices are lowest. Consider automatic timers, motion sensors and dimmers to help maximize your control over lighting costs.