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Energy & Indoor Water Conservation

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Increasing energy costs means that the average homeowner will have to pay more to be comfortable.  The world’s demand for energy is pushing the cost of energy higher and increasing concentrations of greenhouse gases. Small changes can have a cumulative effect in protecting your pocketbook and the environment. By selecting an alternative, renewable energy source, landowners can cut their energy costs, lessen their impact on the environment, and independently manage their energy consumption.

Programs and incentives are available to help offset some of the costs of these increasingly efficient technologies. For information on solar, wind, geothermal and other alternative energy sources, including information on incentives and provincial standards, visit the Ministry of Energy’s website or The Canadian Solar Industries Association’s website.

There are many easy ways to conserve water around your home and property. Checking for and quickly fixing leaks, installing water efficient appliances, turning the tap off when you’re brushing your teeth or washing your hands are all small actions that can have large impacts on our ground water supplies. The average Ontarian uses 225 litres of water in their homes each day.

Tips:

  • Install low-flow toilets.
  • Attach aerators to all of your facets
  • Run your dishwasher and washing machine only when full.
  • When purchasing new appliances, consider water efficient models.
  • Keep a pitcher of cold water in the fridge for drinking rather than running the tap in search of a cool drink.
  • When washing your hand, turn the faucet off while you lather.