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While it’s important to tackle the biggest problem areas when it comes to household energy waste, it’s easy to miss the fact that little things add up. If you’ve been reluctant to make big energy changes in your home, Ontario Energy Group Consumer Watch would like to share some energy and environment saving tips you could do right away.

Some of The Easiest Energy-Saving Tips You’ll Ever Get

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Switch your lightbulbs to CFLs

CFL lightbulbs can cut up to 10% off your energy bill and long life of fluorescent bulbs means you’ll save even more on replacements. This can be as much as $100 per year if you do your entire home.

Start a Home Compost

Even if you don’t have a garden, a compost bin can reduce the amount of garbage you throw out, saving you money on bags. If you have a garden, you can save well over $150 per year on fertilizers by creating natural alternatives.

Use reusable bags

Reusable bags can be all-purpose, and cut out those nickels you throw away on disposable plastic bags. On top of that, they can hold more groceries, they’re easier to carry, and they cost almost nothing, paying for themselves over a few trips to the store.

Fix Leaky Faucets

The majority of water leaks in your home don’t need a plumber to fix. Just the right tools and some know-how of where to tighten the leaks. You can learn more about fixing water leaks here. And you’ll be surprised on how much water you’ll save when it’s all said and done. You can save up to 10,000 gallons of water a year, or 270 laundry cycles.

Get Thrifty With Containers

Glass and ceramic containers come with many home products, and they last pretty much forever. Old mason jars and glass tupperware require less effort and water to clean, and they make an excellent substitute to store your flour, sugar, and spices.

Drain Your Water Tank Every Quarter

As little as one liter out of your water tank every three months can help remove excess sediment and calcified water, improving the heat exchange of your tank and providing hot water for less.

Unplug Everything You Don’t Use

Phantom power is a large and unnecessary waste of energy. You can save around $150 dollars a year on your electricity bills by simply unplugging any appliance or electronic you’re not using. Instead of using screensavers or leaving you computer idling, set it to sleep mode.

Do An In-Home Energy Audit

Take a couple hours every few months to look at the state of your home, and try to learn where your biggest energy wasters are. Whether it’s drafts, outdated appliances, or just the little things: keeping up to date on your home’s energy use can help save the environment, and your wallet.

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