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Energy-Saving Tips

Following some of these simple tips will help you to find energy savings. Here are a few ways you can reduce your monthly energy costs: 

In the Kitchen

  • When purchasing a new refrigerator consider an ENERGY STAR® qualified model. ENERGY STAR fridges are 20% more energy efficient than a non-qualified model.
  • Letting your dishes air-dry instead of using the heat-dry option for your dishwasher will save you up to 50% of your dishwasher's energy consumption.
  • Using lids while you cook on your stove decreases your energy consumption by up to 14%.

In the Living Room

  • Programmable thermostats can reduce heating and cooling costs by up to 10%. In the fall and winter, set your thermostat to 22°C when you are home and 20°C when you are away.
  • Phantom power can account for up to 20% of household electricity use. Plug electronics into a power bar with a timer or auto-shut off and make sure they are turned off during periods of inactivity.
  • An ENERGY STAR® qualified ceiling fan is 50% more energy efficient than a non-qualified model and works well to circulate warm air around your home. 
  • LEDs last up to 30 times longer than incandescent bulbs and are up to 75 more efficient than incandescent bulbs.

In the Basement

  • Having a licenced HVAC professional service your furnace once a year can improve your unit's efficiency by up to 20%.
  • Pipe wraps reduce heat loss and bring hot water to faucets faster. Try installing them on your hot and cold water pipes. * Never insulate plastic pipes
  • Maximize your savings by wrapping your hot water heater with an insulated blanket to help reduce heat loss.


  • Weather-stripping helps reduce air leaks and can reduce your home's heating and cooling needs by up to 20%.
  • Consider LED light bulbs for your outdoor lighting.

Borrow a TrickleStar Energy Monitor from the Library

Find out how much electricity and energy your devices consume. Borrow a TrickleStar Energy Monitor from your local library.

Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro has donated a supply of TrickleStar Energy Monitors to the KitchenerTrickleStar Energy Monitor Public Library and the Region of Waterloo Library branches in Baden, New Dundee, and New Hamburg. 

To borrow a monitor, contact your local library. 

Kitchener Public Library

Region of Waterloo Library