PowerSmart Month: Week 1 – Cubes & Candlelight

Comments 154 by Rebecca Bollwitt

October is PowerSmart Month and I have partnered with BC Hydro over the next few weeks to bring you contests, rebate offers from local retailers, energy-saving tips, event info, as well as one giant grand prize that I’ll announce in a day or so.

PowerSmart Month

To kick things off, the PowerSmart Cubes were revealed today at Georgia and Granville. These two living spaces are housing two actors for the next four days. One will do their best to save energy while the other will be a power hog. Through simple everyday actions you’ll be able to see their power usage meters rise as they use appliances and electronics in the cubes.

PowerSmart Month

Stop by the cubes between 6:00am and 10:00pm daily to see how energy is being used. While you’re there, Tweet a PowerSmart tip you see in action using the tag #psCube on Twitter and you’ll be entered to win a daily prize. The cubes will be on the corner until Friday, October 8th. Follow @PowerSmartBC on Twitter for daily contest updates.

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PowerSmart Deal of the Week
Save on an Energy Star Panasonic 32″ LCD TV at London Drugs.

PowerSmart Tip of the Week
With the chilly Fall air moving in this month you’ll want to draft-proof your home instead of cranking up the heat. Seal up cracks along windows and doors with caulking and weather-stripping or one of those cute stuffed weiner dog Draft Dodgers to reduce heat loss. As you can see in the Cube photo above, wearing a Snuggie or an extra layer is a good alternative to turning up the heat in your home.

Contest of the Week
October 21st is the Candlelight Conservation Dinner that will see dozens of restaurants around town doing their dinner service with the lights out.

I have two $100 gift cards for Chambar (a Candlelight Conservation Dinner participating restaurant) that I will give away to two readers. Leave a comment with a PowerSmart tip below to enter to win. This could be unplugging your cell phone charger when it’s not in use or taking shorter showers.

Candle Light
Photo credit: ananyahcom on Flickr

I will draw two winners (who will each get one $100 gift card) on Monday October 11th at 11:00am. Winners will then be able to make reservations for the Candlelight Dinner October 21st.

Update The winners are Virginia and Maria — have a great dinner at Chambar!

154 Comments  —  Comments Are Closed

  1. JeremyTuesday, October 5th, 2010 — 3:32pm PDT

    Switch to cold when doing your laundry. 85 – 90% of the energy used to wash your clothes is used to heat the water.

  2. Ken GardnerTuesday, October 5th, 2010 — 3:36pm PDT

    Turning the T.V. off whenever the Calgary Flames/Stampeders are playing to save energy.

  3. JenTuesday, October 5th, 2010 — 3:47pm PDT

    Turning down your hot water heater or change it to an on-demand heater!

  4. AlysonTuesday, October 5th, 2010 — 3:48pm PDT

    Put on a sweater or a hoodie instead of turning up the heat

  5. AJTuesday, October 5th, 2010 — 3:49pm PDT

    Buy energy star appliances and hang dry clothes instead of using the dryer 🙂

  6. Heather BTuesday, October 5th, 2010 — 3:51pm PDT

    Two tips: Use cold water for laundry; heating water takes a lot of energy
    Use toaster oven when possible it is a much smaller area to heat then the regular oven.

  7. CameronTuesday, October 5th, 2010 — 3:52pm PDT

    Cuddle with 2, 3 or even 4 people in bed so you can turn down the thermostat. Same for showers.

  8. StephTuesday, October 5th, 2010 — 4:00pm PDT

    Do laundry at night when there is less strain on the power system, and (to add to the ‘look for cracks tip of the week’)if you have an unfinished basement or crawlspace, check for leaks by looking for spider webs. If there is a web, there is a draft.

  9. Ariane CTuesday, October 5th, 2010 — 4:02pm PDT

    It’s a pretty basic tip yet one that many people forget to do: turn off lights in any room(s) you’re not in.

  10. AlexTuesday, October 5th, 2010 — 4:04pm PDT

    It sounds silly but turning off lights in rooms you are not in helps a lot and is often overlooked. The same goes for appliances not in use, turn them off at the wall.

  11. SunnyTuesday, October 5th, 2010 — 4:17pm PDT

    When shopping for food, reduce the amount of packaging. This means reducing the amount of total waste that is generated. There are many ways of doing this: bringing reuseable bags when you shop, do not buy products packaged in styrofoam & choosing packaging that you can recycle easily.

  12. ShawnTuesday, October 5th, 2010 — 4:25pm PDT

    I power off my PC when I am not using it. Having it on everyday uses to much power. Hope to win.

  13. LyndaTuesday, October 5th, 2010 — 4:34pm PDT

    Not only switch off lights when not in use, but change all lightbulbs to energy efficient bulbs.

  14. ChrisTuesday, October 5th, 2010 — 4:39pm PDT

    Install ceiling fans. They are fantastic; they cool the air in the summer and circulate warm air in the winter.

  15. LisaTuesday, October 5th, 2010 — 4:43pm PDT

    Use the smallest appliance possible to cook meals. A toaster oven uses way less power than your oven.

  16. Toby SullivanTuesday, October 5th, 2010 — 5:08pm PDT

    Make your next computer a laptop or, better yet, a netbook instead of another power-hungry desktop computer. Maybe it’s finally time to replace that volt-sucking monstrosity that uglies up your living room now?

  17. traceyTuesday, October 5th, 2010 — 5:25pm PDT

    Plug your home electronic equipment like TVs, DVD players, game consoles, etc into power strips and then turn off the power strips when you’re not using the equipment. Apparently electronic equipment will still use several watts of power even in standby mode!

  18. TriciaTuesday, October 5th, 2010 — 5:34pm PDT

    Turn off your monitor! Don’t let it sit powered on or in screensaver mode, even if your computer is off!

  19. GLCTuesday, October 5th, 2010 — 6:41pm PDT

    Get rid of your cordless phone. A regular phone uses no electricity, works in a power outage, and tends to be more durable overall.

  20. JessicaTuesday, October 5th, 2010 — 6:54pm PDT

    Our biggest and simplest power tip: Only have a light on in the room you are in where you are sitting/working/eating.

  21. tracyTuesday, October 5th, 2010 — 7:14pm PDT

    i think it’s very important to educate young children about power conservation. if children learn at a young age to turn off lights when no one’s in the room or to take shorter showers it will become a habit. and then they will not have to make dramatic lifestyle changes when they grow up.

  22. ACTuesday, October 5th, 2010 — 7:16pm PDT

    I use cold water for laundry and use an indoor clothesline to dry my clothes. I only use the dryer when absolutely necessary.

  23. lisaTuesday, October 5th, 2010 — 7:31pm PDT

    umm dont leave cellphone chargin over night

  24. shellyTuesday, October 5th, 2010 — 7:34pm PDT

    On those cold winter days, fill your home with the warmth of the sun’s rays by raising the blinds and shades on windows on the south and west sides of your house.

  25. JeffTuesday, October 5th, 2010 — 7:47pm PDT

    Switch off electronics when not using them!

  26. ApollineRTuesday, October 5th, 2010 — 7:51pm PDT

    When you do renovations, take the opportunity to improve your insulation

  27. AnneTuesday, October 5th, 2010 — 7:53pm PDT

    At work, shut down your computer and power off your monitor.

  28. TylerTuesday, October 5th, 2010 — 8:00pm PDT

    Unplug any electronics not in use – Even if they are ‘off’ most are on “standby” and still draw a trickle of current.

  29. RayTuesday, October 5th, 2010 — 8:04pm PDT

    To conserve energy, use motion sensors in the hallways.

  30. AmiTuesday, October 5th, 2010 — 8:07pm PDT

    Use compact fluorescent light bulbs instead of traditional/regular light bulbs. Not only do they use less energy than regular light bulbs, they can also last longer! 🙂

  31. AlysonTuesday, October 5th, 2010 — 8:13pm PDT

    A small fan right by your bed instead of a huge air conditioner.

  32. ChrisTuesday, October 5th, 2010 — 8:21pm PDT

    Use LED lighting instead of incandescent lighting.

  33. loriTuesday, October 5th, 2010 — 8:23pm PDT

    Install some sort of clothesline outside – and in! – and hang your laundry to dry.

  34. Richard WTuesday, October 5th, 2010 — 8:54pm PDT

    I am writing this comment in a hoodie and flannels instead of cranking the heat.

  35. JasonTuesday, October 5th, 2010 — 8:56pm PDT

    Unplug electronics when they aren’t in use.

  36. GiseleTuesday, October 5th, 2010 — 9:25pm PDT

    Install a programmable thermostat and set it to go down when you’re in bed or not home.

  37. EdTuesday, October 5th, 2010 — 9:31pm PDT

    Use weatherstripping on doors to keep the heat in your home. It’ll keep heating costs down.

  38. VeronicaTuesday, October 5th, 2010 — 9:49pm PDT

    Cuddling for warmth is always one of my favourites!

  39. Ian YeungTuesday, October 5th, 2010 — 10:06pm PDT

    Sleep earlier. It’s that simple

  40. Grace MokTuesday, October 5th, 2010 — 10:07pm PDT

    We have timers as to when to turn on the heater. So usually the heater turns on during the weekdays and off during the weekends

  41. StevenTuesday, October 5th, 2010 — 10:07pm PDT

    Wear sweaters or jackets instead of cranking up the heater

  42. KevinTuesday, October 5th, 2010 — 10:13pm PDT

    Use a clothes hanger/line instead of the dryer!

  43. Shawn STuesday, October 5th, 2010 — 11:26pm PDT

    Cannot believe so many cars on the street with only one passenger- the driver himself or herself.. it’s time to leave the cars at home and take public transit!

  44. Jon JenningsTuesday, October 5th, 2010 — 11:45pm PDT

    Turn off the tap when you’re brushing your teeth. Don’t need all that water going straight down the drain.

  45. Teresa KWednesday, October 6th, 2010 — 12:41am PDT

    Wear something warm instead of turning up the heat.

  46. lindawwwwWednesday, October 6th, 2010 — 8:41am PDT

    Turn your computer off overnight to save energy

  47. RachelWednesday, October 6th, 2010 — 9:03am PDT

    Pile on some extra blankets instead of turning up the heat

  48. ChristineWednesday, October 6th, 2010 — 9:19am PDT

    Turn off and unplug all appliances when you’re not using them!

  49. TiffanyWednesday, October 6th, 2010 — 9:54am PDT

    Remember those press-on lights that was a HUGE deal on TV? Yah those are awesome to put in the hallway and click on, instead of turning on the hallway light AND bathroom light for a mid-night bathroom break.

  50. RobWednesday, October 6th, 2010 — 10:05am PDT

    Buy cold water detergent and wash in cold water, hang dry. Clean clothes that haven’t shrunk! Power smart!

  51. michelle brownWednesday, October 6th, 2010 — 10:43am PDT

    Make sure all KIDS appliances are switched off reg..also bathrooms ect..
    use candles as much as possible to save on lights!

    wash in cold water use energy saving mode for dryer or hang!!

    power smart light bulbs..!!

  52. LBWednesday, October 6th, 2010 — 11:07am PDT

    skip the dryer and hang your clothes to dry – saves energy and your clothes.

  53. RossWednesday, October 6th, 2010 — 11:14am PDT

    With so many electronics on my desk at work, I’ve taken to using a power bar to ensure they are all turned off at nite. this keeps the little vampires ( chargers, etc) from sucking power all night.

    one switch in the am and we’re all back in business! easy!

  54. virginiaWednesday, October 6th, 2010 — 11:25am PDT

    Unplug laptop once fully charged.

  55. mikeWednesday, October 6th, 2010 — 11:32am PDT

    Lower the blinds to keep the house cool in the summer if using air-con.

  56. evannaWednesday, October 6th, 2010 — 11:41am PDT

    Check for air leaks around window and door frames. Saves on heating/cooling costs.

  57. RanelleWednesday, October 6th, 2010 — 12:08pm PDT

    Turn the lights off when we are not in the room, use cold water for laundry.

  58. ChristinaWednesday, October 6th, 2010 — 12:17pm PDT

    This is my fave since I am gearing up for winter cooking:
    When possible, use small appliances such as an electric fry pan with lid, crock-pot, toaster oven, or microwave instead of the full-sized range or wall oven.

  59. Eva MenziesWednesday, October 6th, 2010 — 12:52pm PDT

    When Your oven is in use, try and cook all of Your meal in the oven, roast the potatoes and vegetables at the same time as your doing the meat in the oven, and after your dinner is cooked, leave oven open so the heat warms up your kitchen.:)

  60. CrystalWednesday, October 6th, 2010 — 12:56pm PDT

    Turn off power bars!Don’t leave lights on in the house when you are gone, it doesn’t really fool a theft anymore. Turn off your computer monitors at work when you are away from the desk.

  61. donnaWednesday, October 6th, 2010 — 1:41pm PDT

    For many years I have enjoyed making a large meal on Sunday such as roast beef or chicken, meatloaf or roasted vegtables. Throughout the week I create a wonderful menu from the leftovers such as potato salad, roasted vegtable sald and cold roast beef/chicken bunwhiches. Simple food that can be extended over 3 – 4 days really cuts down on oven/stove time. Leftover homemade soup can be reheated in the microwave in seconds.

  62. mike tWednesday, October 6th, 2010 — 1:41pm PDT

    use cold water instead of warm water to wash your clothes

  63. connieWednesday, October 6th, 2010 — 2:23pm PDT

    keep a lower temperature on your heater thermostat when leaving the house.

  64. ParkerWednesday, October 6th, 2010 — 3:38pm PDT

    line dry your luandry – even if you live in an apartment!

  65. JodiWednesday, October 6th, 2010 — 3:46pm PDT

    save energy by air drying your clothes.

  66. SanazWednesday, October 6th, 2010 — 3:49pm PDT

    Shut your blinds to prevent heat from escaping through your windows.

  67. BeckyWednesday, October 6th, 2010 — 4:04pm PDT

    Walk on the sea wall instead of on a tredmill (which uses power so a person can run in one spot.) Never made sense to me!

  68. MaseyWednesday, October 6th, 2010 — 4:13pm PDT

    One that always irritates me when I see others doing it – turn off the tap when you brush your teeth. You don’t need the tap running. There’s no need for it – you are simply wasting precious water supplies!

  69. JennWednesday, October 6th, 2010 — 4:13pm PDT

    Use cold water for laundry!

  70. JLWednesday, October 6th, 2010 — 4:37pm PDT

    Bike to work! I’ve started doing that and it’s great exercise too.

  71. KellyWednesday, October 6th, 2010 — 6:34pm PDT

    Pulling back your window curtains during the day to let in natural light, then drawing them closed when the sun goes down to keep the warmth in helps save on your heating bill!

  72. BrendaWednesday, October 6th, 2010 — 7:18pm PDT

    Turn off all the lights in the meeting rooms at work when no one is using them.

  73. CliffWednesday, October 6th, 2010 — 7:21pm PDT

    Open the windows and use screens instead of the air conditioner.

  74. LindaWednesday, October 6th, 2010 — 7:24pm PDT

    Change out incandescent lighting with Compact Fluorescent Lighting (CFLs)because they use 75% less energy. Especially good for areas that are hard to get at because CFLs also last up to 10 times longer so you don’t have to change them as often.

  75. KatieWednesday, October 6th, 2010 — 8:51pm PDT

    Don’t flush every time you pee. It is really not necessary especially if it is dilute urine 🙂

  76. MarianneWednesday, October 6th, 2010 — 9:22pm PDT

    Take 5 minute showers each day, to reduce showerhead flow.

  77. Cody WatsonWednesday, October 6th, 2010 — 11:03pm PDT

    Use proper light-diffusing lamp shades on lamps so that you need fewer lights on. Take advantage of smaller lights (e.g. stove hood) relevant to selected tasks when you can.

  78. TracyWednesday, October 6th, 2010 — 11:25pm PDT

    Install automatic thermostats that will lower the temperature when you’re out of the house and raise it again just before you come home.

  79. BenThursday, October 7th, 2010 — 1:04am PDT

    Use a ceiling fan instead of a/c

  80. RobinThursday, October 7th, 2010 — 9:45am PDT

    Thaw food overnight in the fridge. You don’t use the energy of the microwave and the cold food contributes to cooling your fridge, reducing the amount of energy needed to maintain the fridge temperature. =)

  81. LizThursday, October 7th, 2010 — 10:31am PDT

    Don’t turn the heat up when it gets colder – wear more layers, get a fleece blanket, or snuggle up to someone 🙂

  82. MarinaThursday, October 7th, 2010 — 10:37am PDT

    Take up knitting and make slippers, sweaters and blankets to use instead of turning the heat up!

  83. MarkThursday, October 7th, 2010 — 10:48am PDT

    Don’t leave things like cellphone/ipod chargers plugged in when you aren’t using them, and set up your toilet bowl so that it uses less water per flush.

  84. AlvThursday, October 7th, 2010 — 11:12am PDT

    Heating is one of the biggest energy draws in a house. Start there and turn it down.

  85. NatalieThursday, October 7th, 2010 — 11:22am PDT

    My Powersmart tip comes from my mom who spend years telling me to “Close the refrigerator door!” 😀

    If you adjust the mounts at the bottom-front of the fridge so that they are a bit higher than the back, the natural back tilt will use gravity to close the door for you!

  86. ZoeThursday, October 7th, 2010 — 12:12pm PDT

    It almost sounds counterintuitive but spending some time and money ensuring that you have good insulation in your place will save $$$ and so much energy in the long run.

    If you have single glazing or drafty windows you can get stick on sheets that act as an extra layer of insulation – good for renters (or poor students!).

  87. ClaudineThursday, October 7th, 2010 — 12:57pm PDT

    Remove your cordless phone from it’s charging base when you done charging it so it won’t continuously waste unnecessary power

  88. YvonneThursday, October 7th, 2010 — 1:15pm PDT

    Switch to energy saving lightbulbs, and your showerhead to use less water. Brush your teeth in the shower/turn off the tap while brushing your teeth!

  89. MikeThursday, October 7th, 2010 — 1:43pm PDT

    Switch all your incandescent lightbulbs to CFLs, put on a sweater instead of turning up the heat, and unplug phone chargers when not in use.

  90. MarilynThursday, October 7th, 2010 — 1:43pm PDT

    Unplug all your electronics when you go out of town. Including the tv, coffee maker, microwave and alam clocks. They all use power to illuminate those little lights and digital numbers. No need to waste all that power if there is no one there!

  91. Sean OrrThursday, October 7th, 2010 — 1:44pm PDT

    Get a huge russian hat like George Constanza did in Seinfeld. Charge it to Peterman’s account. I can haz a Chambar?

  92. ChrisThursday, October 7th, 2010 — 1:44pm PDT

    Turn down the heat, and buy a Snuggie!

  93. SophiaThursday, October 7th, 2010 — 1:44pm PDT

    When it’s still bright outside, open all your blinds instead of turning on a light!

  94. KymThursday, October 7th, 2010 — 1:45pm PDT

    turn off lights around the house that you are not using as well as unplugging things that aren’t being used (ex. laptop charger)

  95. DianeThursday, October 7th, 2010 — 1:45pm PDT

    Either open the windows to freshen the house OR turn on the heater to heat the house, never both at the same time.

  96. VeronicaThursday, October 7th, 2010 — 1:45pm PDT

    Pull out cell phone charger from power plug/bar when not in use.

  97. JenThursday, October 7th, 2010 — 1:45pm PDT

    I can’t believe nobody’s suggested “shower with a friend” to save on hot water use!

    Of course, that depends on actually being efficient in the shower with your friend, and not spending 2x the time under the hot water 😉

  98. sueThursday, October 7th, 2010 — 1:46pm PDT

    switch to red wine no need for a fridge,drink all spirits neat ditto on the ice 😉

  99. StellaThursday, October 7th, 2010 — 1:47pm PDT

    Turn off your monitor at the end of the day

  100. YasminThursday, October 7th, 2010 — 1:50pm PDT

    Wait until your food is cold before putting in the fridge… save that energy!

  101. AliceThursday, October 7th, 2010 — 1:50pm PDT

    Wear warmer pajamas or use a heavier/warmer blanke when you sleep so you can save on heating costs.

  102. Michael ChmaraThursday, October 7th, 2010 — 1:52pm PDT

    I always shut down the computer as opposed to sleeping it overnight, wear a sweater before I turn up the heat (and I turn down the heat at night). If I’m not in a room, the lights are off.

  103. MaryThursday, October 7th, 2010 — 1:54pm PDT

    open your curtains for some daylight rather than turning on your lights

  104. SeanThursday, October 7th, 2010 — 1:55pm PDT

    Unplug electronics when not in use

  105. BettyThursday, October 7th, 2010 — 1:56pm PDT

    Unplug it if you’re not using it, including all those chargers that are oh so easy to leave plugged in for convenience!

  106. Alex CameronThursday, October 7th, 2010 — 1:58pm PDT

    If turning off you’re computer isn’t an option (often the case with many offices) try using Edison (http://www.verdiem.com/edison.aspx) to monitor your power usage and try to reduce it as much as possible.

  107. AshleyThursday, October 7th, 2010 — 2:08pm PDT

    Make “Earth Hour” more than an annual event. Plan one candle light dinner a month, making sure to turn-off/unplug all the electrical appliances in the house.

  108. CandiceThursday, October 7th, 2010 — 2:30pm PDT

    Unplug your water fountains for cats people!
    Keep your dishes clean and filtered- unplug those suckers!

  109. PhyllisThursday, October 7th, 2010 — 2:44pm PDT

    Turn off the lights whenever you leave a room.

  110. Gail KargutThursday, October 7th, 2010 — 3:12pm PDT

    Shower with a partner to save hot water!

  111. EmmaThursday, October 7th, 2010 — 3:15pm PDT

    Use power bars for things that drain energy even when they’re not on — and turn them off when you’re not using them!

  112. JanetThursday, October 7th, 2010 — 3:20pm PDT

    When sitting in front of the computer, turn on the sleep mode, so it’s less of a power drain when you’re not using it. Windows users can do this via the control panel and Mac users can find energy saving settings under system preferences in the apple menu.

  113. VivianThursday, October 7th, 2010 — 3:55pm PDT

    Open all your curtains and blinds during the day! It’s amazing how much natural light can do for you at home.

  114. HubertThursday, October 7th, 2010 — 3:57pm PDT

    I unplug anything that is not in use.

  115. lindsayThursday, October 7th, 2010 — 4:21pm PDT

    Hang clothes to dry! I actually just received some pegs from BC Hydro for being power smart 😉

  116. LyndseyThursday, October 7th, 2010 — 4:47pm PDT

    This time of year, when there is a chill in the air- instead of cranking the heat: I bundle up in my coziest hoodie, my favorite leg warmers and fluffy slippers and curl up on the couch under a blankey.

    It’s also cozier to curl up by candlelight…so shut off the lights in and around your home, when you aren’t directly using them!!

  117. Tiffany R WThursday, October 7th, 2010 — 5:00pm PDT

    pull out the plug even if the device is off

  118. mariaThursday, October 7th, 2010 — 5:03pm PDT

    hand wash dishes, cold water for clothes-try to do bigger loads, hang dry

  119. angelaThursday, October 7th, 2010 — 5:09pm PDT

    I use low watt lightbulbs.

  120. BobThursday, October 7th, 2010 — 5:48pm PDT

    Turn off your computer when you aren’t using it. If you can’t turn it off, at least let the monitor go to sleep.

  121. Tracey FlattesThursday, October 7th, 2010 — 5:57pm PDT

    When brushing your teeth, turn off the tap rather than let it run!

  122. LeannaThursday, October 7th, 2010 — 5:59pm PDT

    Get rid of vampire energy drain but putting appliances and audio equipment on powerbars for easy power off when not in use. The amount of energy these things use when they are not even on is quite surprising.

  123. DonThursday, October 7th, 2010 — 6:16pm PDT

    Install energy saving tri-lights and leave them on low unless you really need some more light.

  124. UrsulaThursday, October 7th, 2010 — 7:24pm PDT

    Consider putting in more energy-efficient windows when renovating.

  125. TracyThursday, October 7th, 2010 — 9:07pm PDT

    hang dry clothes instead of using the dryer

  126. Michelle WilliamsonThursday, October 7th, 2010 — 10:11pm PDT

    Have friends over to wacth the Canucks games, so you can all watch 1 TV instead of 3 or 4. Make sure they take transit, walk or ride to your place though, so they’re not using more energy to get there.

  127. JeffFriday, October 8th, 2010 — 12:20am PDT

    Air-dry dishes in the dishwasher or use the economy setting.

  128. JewelsFriday, October 8th, 2010 — 9:16am PDT

    turn off the lights when you leave a room or leave your home.

  129. SionedFriday, October 8th, 2010 — 9:18am PDT

    I use cold water detergent to wash my clothes and then air dry them on a clothes rack.

  130. MarcFriday, October 8th, 2010 — 9:19am PDT

    When installed energy star high efficiency washer/dryer units in my condo.

  131. A.J.Friday, October 8th, 2010 — 10:08am PDT

    I turn off lights in rooms that aren’t in use. Wash my clothes in cold water. Hang my clothes to dry.

  132. LaurenceBFriday, October 8th, 2010 — 2:59pm PDT

    an easy one nobody suggested yet: put a lid on your pot when heating water, and if you’re cooking pasta, you can stop electric heating 3 minutes before they are cooked.

  133. ChistaFriday, October 8th, 2010 — 5:23pm PDT

    switch light bulbs to energy efficient bulbs!

  134. ColinFriday, October 8th, 2010 — 5:57pm PDT

    switch all your appliances to use a sleep mode, i.e. computer, tv, printer,fax, stereo, etc., so that they will use less energy when not being used after a period of time…. Also, don’t sleep naked!! hahaha… use pajamas and blankets for warmth not a heater

  135. DeeFriday, October 8th, 2010 — 8:04pm PDT

    Use energy efficient bulbs, wash your clothes in cold water, avoid or limit meat in your diet, turn the lights off when you’re not home and use ceiling fans instead of AC.

  136. SherryFriday, October 8th, 2010 — 10:48pm PDT

    I do almost all my laundry in cold water now.

  137. SharonSaturday, October 9th, 2010 — 1:35am PDT

    I hang my clothes to dry. They don’t wrinkle and it saves power.

  138. DilaraSaturday, October 9th, 2010 — 4:49pm PDT

    I try to hang my clothes to dry whenever I can. When I do use the dryer, I throw in a dry towel with the load to help dry it faster.

  139. CindySaturday, October 9th, 2010 — 7:03pm PDT

    Like many of those who commented, I too hang dry my laundry as much as possible and use cold water. Instead of turning on the lights, we light candles to watch t.v. or eat our meals. Gives the room a nice ambiance.

  140. ElainaSaturday, October 9th, 2010 — 9:07pm PDT

    Wash all your clothes in cold water and make sure to empty the lint filter in the dryer after each use to improve efficiency!

  141. HelenSunday, October 10th, 2010 — 12:40am PDT

    Reconsider buying yet another electronic device you probably don’t really need.

  142. Derek CSunday, October 10th, 2010 — 12:58pm PDT

    Gonna post some less conventional, yet just as obvious tips.

    – Buy things with the future in mind! You know, people used to buy stuff for their homes/themselves *with the intention of passing it down multiple generations*? Less garbage, less industrial waste producing hack products… less is more!

    – Walk more often! You can get away with it in Vancouver. Cars are for crazy sprawled cities like Calgary =P

    – Don’t drive like a maniac. It’ll save you gas. Chill at 50 – 60kmh, no fast turns, sudden brakes or accelerations and you’ll do fine.

  143. Fawn MulcahySunday, October 10th, 2010 — 2:44pm PDT

    Wear a sweater!

  144. KevinSunday, October 10th, 2010 — 4:36pm PDT

    Use power smart efficient light bulbs! A little bit more pricey but lasts longer and saves electricity over time!

  145. JanetSunday, October 10th, 2010 — 4:38pm PDT

    Hang your washed clothes on a clothes rack instead of drying them in the dryer. Always comes out smelling nice and fresh!

  146. ShannonSunday, October 10th, 2010 — 5:36pm PDT

    In my house we try to use cold for washing and hangdry most of our items.

  147. Something She DatedSunday, October 10th, 2010 — 8:04pm PDT

    Cold wash cycles, energy efficient machines and LED christmas lights.

  148. fmcSunday, October 10th, 2010 — 9:02pm PDT

    Unplug all the appliances when you are away traveling. Although they might not be turned on just by being plugged in they are still using the energy.

  149. pauloSunday, October 10th, 2010 — 10:12pm PDT

    try ‘raw food’ recipes two nights a week and save 25-30% of your cooking energy while exploring healthier eating options

  150. JaniceSunday, October 10th, 2010 — 10:30pm PDT

    Use cold water as much as you can.

  151. LeahMonday, October 11th, 2010 — 8:02am PDT

    We keep our toaster and other small kitchen appliances unplugged when we’re not using them, live in a small (650sf.) apartment which consumes little energy because of the heat we get from the suites around us, and purchase used items (furniture, kitchen items) when we can to save the energy used to create them and reduce waste. Oh, and also hang dry our cloths on a rack inside our apartment – which is harder when it’s pouring rain outside, than during the past few hot, dry months.

  152. JosipMonday, October 11th, 2010 — 10:45am PDT

    Unplug all electronics when you go on vacation.

  153. RicoMonday, October 11th, 2010 — 2:25pm PDT

    – switch all electric devices off, instead of putting in standby, when not in use
    – switch lights off when leaving a room
    – use energy efficient light bulbs
    – close that fridge door

  154. Hannah LeeTuesday, October 12th, 2010 — 8:41am PDT

    In order to save water, shower with a friend and keep it under 5 minutes!

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