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Maquinna Residence Tips List

The following table provides a list of the top ways you can save electricity and help your house win. The Top 9 Tip List was created specifically with the Maquinna Residence appliances and students in mind. Based on this list, all the Houses together have the potential to help to save a total of almost $40,000 per year.

Top 9 Ways to Reduce Energy Consumption
Tip#DescriptionPotential Savings
Per House
$/day$/month$/year
1Washing your clothes in cold water instead of hot water$5.60$168$2,045
2Reduce your heat 9 hours a day during the winter months.$15.02$541$1,803
3Reduce the length of your shower by 2 minutes.$5.00$66$801
4Use a drying rack to dry your clothes instead of the commercial dryer.$2.19$58$702
5Turn out the lights in the common areas for 8 hours.$1.92$26$322
6Use the toaster oven 4 times a week instead of the big oven.$0.88$3.83$47
7Turn your TV off for 5 hours in a day. $0.13$0.95$12
8Turn your laptops off for 10 hours a day.$0.03$0.88$11
9Unplug electronics instead of leaving them on stand-by 24/7.$0.02$0.48$6

Did You Know ...

  • The average BC household uses 12,000 kWh of electricity per year.
  • If you replace 10 incandescent lights bulbs with compact flourescents you can reduce your CO2 emissions by 310 kg per year, or 30 kg per bulb.
  • Wondering what there is to eat? Your refrigerator is one of the biggest electricity consumers in your home. Close the fridge door!
  • Light pollution is a concern with groups as diverse as astronomer, United Nations, and BC Hydro. The costs of light polution include: wasted energy, wasted money, dagnerous glare for driver, and detrimental effects on birds, fish, and other wildlife.
  • Heating water accounts for up to 90% of the energy required for washing your clothes. Wash in cold water!
  • In Canada, in 2006, residential energy use consisted of
    • Space heating: 59%
    • Water heating: 18%
    • Appliances: 15%
    • Lighting: 5%
    • Space Cooling: 2%
  • Electric lights use 20% of the world's electricity, which yields nearly half as much pollution as the cars on the road.
  • New refrigerators use 40% less energy than 10-year old models.

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