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EPCOR Efficiency GuideGeneral Tips


tips For general eFFiciency

• If you set your thermostat to lower your house                 • Smarten up your holiday displays with LED light
  temperature by 3°C while you’re sleeping or away                 strings. LED lights use up to 90% less energy than
  from home, you can reduce your household                         incandescent holiday lights.
  greenhouse gas emissions by half a tonne.
                                                                 • Use natural daylight from windows and skylights
• Hold a tissue over all windows, doors, light switches            whenever possible.
  and electrical outlets to determine if there is air leakage.
                                                                 • Turn lights off when they are not in use. This applies
• Upgrade weather stripping, caulking or,                          to fluorescent as well as incandescent lamps. If you
  in the case of switches and outlets, take off the cover          are out of a room for more than 10 minutes, switching
  only and install specifically designed gaskets.                  off a fluorescent light will save energy and lamp life.
                                                                   However, don’t switch fluorescent lights on and off
• Install a ceiling fan in rooms with high or cathedral
                                                                   repeatedly or lamp life will be reduced.
  ceilings to push warm air down to where it’s needed.
                                                                 • By making small changes to water use habits, you
• Use a timer to control your block-heater in winter.
                                                                   can significantly reduce the amount of water you
  Three hours before starting your car is all you need.
                                                                   use and the energy used to heat it. Hot water used
• In summer, use small portable fans to cool parts of the          for showers, laundry and washing dishes accounts
  house rather than keeping the furnace fan on all day.            for almost 20% of the typical energy utility bill.
• Wash your car at a self-serve commercial car wash              • Run your dishwasher and washing machine
  instead of using a running hose at home. Doing this              only when they contain a full load and use the
  will not only save you hundreds of litres of water,              “energy saver” cycle.
  but also prevents pollutants like oil, gas and residue
                                                                 • Adapt or replace older, less efficient appliances
  from exhaust fumes from entering storm drains.
                                                                   and fixtures with one of the many water-saving
• ENERGY STAR qualified CFLs are 75% more efficient                models now available (e.g. ultra-low-flush toilets,
  than standard incandescent bulbs, while delivering               low-flow shower heads, water efficient washing
  the same light output.                                           machines, dishwashers and faucet aerator
                                                                   attachments). An average family of four flushes
• Regular incandescent light bulbs have changed very
                                                                   about 250 litres of water each day.
  little in the past century. Less than 10% of the energy
  they consume is used for lighting and the remaining
  90% is lost as heat.
                                                                        DID YOU know?
• Replace older toilets with new efficient, ultra-lowflush              Less than 10% of the energy
  models and use 50% to 85% less water per flush,
  depending on the model.                                               incandescent light bulbs
                                                                        consume is used for lighting
• The most efficient toilets use 3 to 6 litres of water
  per flush.                                                            and the remaining 90% is
                                                                        lost as heat.
• Regularly check toilets, pipes and faucets for leaks
  and repair them immediately. Undetected leaks can
  be expensive. The average family loses approximately
  14% of their water usage through leaks, most
  commonly in toilets. Many leaks are silent so you
  have to physically check for them. An undetected leak
                                                             • When washing, brushing your teeth or shaving, don’t
  can waste hundreds of litres of treated water per year.
                                                               let the tap run. Fill a glass with water for rinsing.
• When buying new appliances, be sure to check out
                                                             • Keep a jug of water in the fridge so you don’t have
  the EnerGuide label – it’s like a second price tag.
                                                               to run the tap to get cold drinking water.
  The label shows how much electricity, in kilowatt
  hours (kWh), the appliance uses per year as well           • Unplug all entertainment electronic components
  as the annual energy consumption of the least and            when you are not planning on using them for
  most efficient models of the same size and class.            extended periods of time. Not only will you save
  This way you can compare the actual energy                   energy, but you will protect them from damage
  efficiency and cost of running the various models.           should power line surges occur.
• Multiply the EnerGuide number by the current price         • The average computer and printer costs you every
  of electricity to estimate the average annual operating      hour you use it. Remember, even in sleep mode your
  costs of that specific appliance.                            computer is still drawing power.
• Instead of the stove, use your toaster oven, electric      • Turn off your computer monitor, even for short
  skillet, microwave oven, or other small appliances           periods of time, as this is the biggest energy
  when cooking small quantities or re-heating foods.           consumer on your system. A screen saver does
  They use up to 50% less energy compared to                   not save energy.
  conventional cooking methods.
General SaFety Tips

> A child can drown in as little as an inch of water. This is
  a major reason why the bathroom is so dangerous. Make
  sure that there is no standing water in your tub or sink.
> Be sure to install a toilet child safety lock to keep your child
  from lifting the lid. This will prevent him or her from falling
  in or throwing foreign objects down the toilet.
> Cover unused electrical outlets with outlet protectors or safety
  caps. Make sure outlets in the bathroom and kitchen are
  updated with ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs),
  which turn off electricity if appliances fall into water.

Are you planning any projects on your
property that involve excavation?
For safety’s sake, contact Alberta One Call or your
local utility to locate any utility lines on your property
before you start. Utility lines include water,
electricity, drainage and gas lines. Call toll-free
at 1-800-242-3447 or for more
information. This is a free service, but you need to
allow at least two days for lines to be located.
HOW TO ReAD YOUR electricity meter

Reading a Digital                                        Reading a 5 Dial Meter:
Meter (Ge I-210):                                        • Start with the dial on the left.
• This meter has two readings displayed.                 • Record the number the needle points to.
• Record the 5 digit number on the top of your display   • If the needle falls between numbers, choose the lower
  (this is your total electricity consumption).            number, except if the needle falls between 0 and 9,
NOTE: The 3 digit number on the bottom is the amount       then choose 9.
of electricity currently being used.

Reading a Digital                                        Reading a 4 Dial Meter:
Meter (Itron):                                           • Start with the dial on the left.
• A digital meter has two displays - 88888 and your      • Record the number the needle points to.
  power reading.
                                                         • If the needle falls between numbers, choose the
• The reading changes every six seconds.                   lower number, except if the needle falls between
• Record the numbers shown after you see 88888.            0 and 9, then choose 9.

                                                                DID YOU know?
                                                                Unplugging your entertainment
                                                                electronic components when not in
                                                                use will not only save energy, but
                                                                you will protect them from damage
                                                                should power line surges occur.
HOW TO ReAD YOUR water meter

Reading an 8 Dial Meter:                                  Reading a 6 Dial Meter:
• Start with the number on the left.                      • Start with the number on the left.
• Record the odometer style digits displayed on your      • Record the odometer style digits displayed on your
  water meter.                                              water meter.
• It is important to record all the digits and note how
  many are after the decimal place.

                                                                        DID YOU know?
                                                                        An average family of four
                                                                        flushes away about 250
                                                                        litres of water each day.
tips For meter access
• If you have a dog, big or small, please make sure that   • Ensure a clear path and access to fire hydrants.
  it is properly secured or restrained sufficiently away     In an emergency, every second counts!
  from the meter.
                                                           • Let your meter reader know of any hazardous
• Keep yard access gates in good repair.                     conditions (if you have stairs or a deck that
                                                             are not safe). Post a sign letting him or her know
• On your meter read date, please unlock your gates.
                                                             to stay off.
• Ensure your sidewalks are kept clear of ice, snow
                                                           • Keep the area around the meter free from clutter;
  or any other debris that may be hazardous to your
                                                             avoid using this area for storage.
  meter reader.
• Ensure a safe, clear path all the way to your meter;
  hidden hazards under the snow may be a source of
  injury to your meter reader.

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