Your energy bill will always increase a little bit in the winter. It’s just a fact of living in Toronto. You spend more time indoors and the lights in your house are on for longer periods because we have less sunlight. You’re also forced to keep your home warm, even when you’re not there in order to keep the pipes from freezing. While your energy bill can increase quicker than you may notice there are a few things you can do to keep it under control.
How Much Does It Cost To Run Appliances?
The operating cost of your appliances isn’t something that you need to be aware of, but it can certainly help you understand why your energy bill costs what it does. this can help you regulate how much you use them or how efficiently you use them throughout the year.
Tumble Dryer – This is one of the most frequently use appliances in any home. We certainly use them much more often throughout the winter because we can’t hang anything outside to dry. Unfortunately, tumble dryers are energy pigs and can really ramp up your energy bill. An average dryer costs about $1 per load to operate.
Using your dryer properly by drying loads rather than single or very few items, and by drying clothes outside when possible can save you up to $130 per year.
Here are some tips to improve your dryer usage:
- Hang your laundry to dry when possible, even indoors and then use your dryer to finish them off and remove wrinkles on a half cycle.
- Be sure to always use the spin cycle in your washing machine so as much water and moisture is removed from your clothes as possible prior to throwing them in the dryer.
- Clean the lint filter. Your dryer will work more efficiently and use less power with a clean lint filter.
- Dry clothes of similar weights together. Towels and heavy sweatshirts will take longer than t-shirts
Here are some other items around the house that people commonly use, and how much they cost to operate:
- Electric Heater – An average electric space heater run for five hours in the evening will cost almost $3, which can be about $20 per week and $80 a month. Maybe use a blanket instead of running an electric heater.
- Kettle – Boiling 2 litres of water in your kettle can cost you about 45 cents. Only boil as much water as you need in order to save money.
- Light Bulbs – Winter is darker which means the lights get used more. Overall, lighting accounts for about 8% of your energy bill. Switching older incandescent bulbs out for energy saving LEDs can save $20 per light bulb per year.
- Electric Blanket – These use around 1.5 kWh to operate for 4 hours, which costs around .40 cents.
Save Big On Your Energy Bill With HVAC
One big way to save money is to ensure that all of your appliances are operating efficiently. This includes your furnace, boiler, air conditioner, blower fan, dehumidifier, duct system, ductless air conditioner, heat pump and any other HVAC appliance. When these appliances are properly maintained by a professional they will use less energy to operate throughout the year.