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
|1||Washing your clothes in cold water instead of hot water||$5.60||$168||$2,045|
|2||Reduce your heat 9 hours a day during the winter months.||$15.02||$541||$1,803|
|3||Reduce the length of your shower by 2 minutes.||$5.00||$66||$801|
|4||Use a drying rack to dry your clothes instead of the commercial dryer.||$2.19||$58||$702|
|5||Turn out the lights in the common areas for 8 hours.||$1.92||$26||$322|
|6||Use the toaster oven 4 times a week instead of the big oven.||$0.88||$3.83||$47|
|7||Turn your TV off for 5 hours in a day. ||$0.13||$0.95||$12|
|8||Turn your laptops off for 10 hours a day.||$0.03||$0.88||$11|
|9||Unplug 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%
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.
Sources available on request.