Contrary to what a certain green frog would say, it’s actually pretty easy being green! At CAPREIT we are always looking for new energy efficient programs and we continue to promote environmentally friendly practices. Here are a few handy tips on going green, and saving money on your hydro bill!
Try to open blinds and shades during the day to take advantage of natural sunlight. Make the switch to fluorescent bulbs when possible which use up less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs while lasting longer. Also, try to place lamps in the corners of rooms to ensure more light distribution.
Inefficient cooking practices can be a huge energy waster! Keep a lid on pots while boiling and simmering to ensure faster cooking. Use the toaster oven rather than the electric oven when cooking small items to use less energy. Thaw frozen food completely to save on cooking time, and be sure to keep your oven door closed as much as possible. Peeking inside can cause as much as 20 per cent of the heat to escape – meaning your oven has to work hard to heat itself up again!
Forget about rinsing dishes thoroughly before putting them in the machine – that’s what the dishwasher is for, so scrape, don’t rinse! And always load your dishwasher correctly to ensure each dish is cleaned properly. Only wash full loads and always use the shortest wash cycle. And air dry, or hand dry dishes rather than using your dishwasher’s wasteful drying cycle.
4. Food Storage
We all do it, but stop opening the fridge or freezer just to peek inside and decide what you feel like munching on, figure out what you want before moving over to the fridge! Also, don’t overstuff your freezer. This affects the efficiency of the appliance.