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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.

More tips, as well as information on incentives that are available for implementing some or all of these tips, are available at the Save on Energy website.

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