5 easy ways to save energy
As shown in the graph below, heating accounts for more than half of the electricity consumption of an average home. With this in mind, we at Stelpro are sharing five practical tips to help you cut down on your electricity consumption.
BREAKDOWN OF HOME ELECTRICITY CONSUMPTION(1)
(1)Hydro-Québec, 1996-2014. “Energy Wise”
1. USING AN ELECTRONIC THERMOSTAT
Did you know that you can save more than 20% on your heating costs by using electronic thermostats?* Their unmatched accuracy makes it possible to reach the exact temperature setpoint, unlike mechanical thermostats, which can generate temperature variances of between 2 and 4 degrees. Replace as many mechanical thermostats as possible with electronic thermostats. If you don’t replace them all, we recommend replacing those in the rooms that require the most heat.
And it just so happens that Stelpro offers a complete line of electronic thermostats with single and multiple programming to help you lower your bills.
2. LOWERING THE TEMPERATURE BY A FEW DEGREES
By lowering your thermostat’s setpoint by 4.5°C once during the day and once more at night, your electricity bill will decrease considerably.
Indeed, consider lowering the temperature of all the rooms in your home that are not used during the evening and at night by a few degrees to save you money. Try doing the same thing when you leave your home for several hours. Raise the setpoint of your thermostat when you get home; you’ll be comfortable in a matter of minutes. All Stelpro multi-programmable and single-programmable electronic thermostats are equipped with an automatic temperature lowering feature. Better yet, this feature is very easy to activate and will save you time and money!
3. ENSURE MAXIMUM AIRFLOW
Avoid placing furniture in front of a heat source (electric baseboard, radiator, etc.). Also, don’t block heaters with your curtains. If air circulation to the unit is restricted, the unit will have a harder time heating the room.
4. MAKE THE MOST OF THE SUN
Open blinds and curtains during the day to use the sun’s rays as a source of heat. However, close them at night to prevent heat loss.
5. REGULAR MAINTENANCE
Maintain your electric heaters well because efficiency and energy savings go hand in hand. Regular maintenance will keep your heating units running efficiently.
*According to a test conducted in a laboratory under controlled conditions using an STE302P+ thermostat. Analysis of daily consumption with a 21°C setpoint compared to pre-programmed mode no. 12 with the temperature lowered by 4.5°C (from 21°C to 16.5°C) during the day and at night. A 4.5°C lowering is the standard used for Energy Aware certification testing.
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