Here in Toronto today it got warm, really as I walked home to me seemed like a late spring day as the temperature soared. It got me thinking about what lies ahead and the different ways we can save money right now and be prepared for the summer heat.
One of the perks where I live right now, is that my heating bill as well as my electricity is rolled into my rent. I am very thankful for this fast especially with all the increase over the last couple of years. Even with the perk of having this paid for me, I am very mindful of my energy consumption. We do all the things most families do, like turning off the lights in rooms that are not in use, keeping our thermostat at a reasonable temperature and doing laundry on the weekends. We even have energy efficient appliances and changed out all the light bulbs.
When it comes to summer heat there are things you can do right now to help battle it, and they will save you money and the planet in the long run.
You can change the filter on your furnace, and vacuum well areas around appliances. You don’t want appliances using more energy than they need too.
You can also make sure windows have adequate shade. Mini blinds are a great way to reduce solar heat.
Once you turn on the air conditioning make sure you change the filter every month. Dust builds up quickly and it does effect the flow of air.
All the little things we do though make a difference and that is what is so important. We all can make little choices that when combined together can have a huge impact.
One of the ways we can have a huge impact that I just learned about is by having a smart thermostat. I had never heard of these till recently and was excited when Ecobee asked me to tell you about can save up to $150 on a smart thermostat this month. With a smart thermostat you can adjust your settings from anywhere. Say you go on vacation, you can lower the thermostat and then raise it just before you get in the door. How is that for efficient? With the ecobee Smart Si you can do just that.
If you have hot and cold spots in your home like we do; my daughters room is like the coldest room in the house, you can use the ecobee3(1 remote sensor) or the ecobee Smarter Bundle (3 remote sensors) to help control the temperature accurately.
As Well,i f you’re a Hydro One customer, you can earn an additional $100 by applying to enroll your thermostat in Hydro One’s Bring Your Own Thermostat (BYOT) pilot program by April 30. BYOT allows Hydro One make brief, limited temperature adjustments to a central air conditioning system via the WiFi thermostat during times of peak electric demand (other heat pump systems not eligible at this time). You can also earn an additional $25 if you fill out three brief surveys regarding your participation for a total savings of $125. Get the FAQs about this program here.
Disclaimer: Disclaimer: I was compensated by EnergyHub …program sponsor…. to give you information about Hydro One’s Bring Your Own Thermostat program, but opinions as always are my own and think of how you can help the planet and save. That’s a win/win to me.