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No, unfortunately ATCO EnergySense no longer offers energy assessment services for homeowners. However, we continue to provide our valued homeowners with energy efficiency information through publications and our interactive website.
When upgrading from a 70 per cent conventional furnace to a high-efficient furnace you can save up to 28 per cent.
In the market for a new furnace? Read our furnace fact sheet.
This is a personal preference; however, it is recommended to set your thermostat to 17°C during the night and when you are away from your home. This will save energy and reduce heating bill costs. More information on programmable thermostats.
Though we pay for electrical use by kilowatt hours (kWh’s), the energy consumption of an electrical appliance is typically measured in watts. Determine the wattage of each device and use this formula to calculate the cost per month.
W/1000 x hrs-per-day x day-per-month = kWh per monthkWh per month x $/kWh = $ per month
For a detailed breakdown of appliance costs, check out the Home Energy Consumption List ( PDF 255 KB).
Significant advances have been made in the energy efficiency of major electrical appliances. When shopping for a new appliance, look for the EnerGuide and ENERGY STAR labels to ensure you choose the most energy efficient model.
The EnerGuide label is mandatory in Canada and must be displayed on all new appliances such as washers and dryers, refrigerators and freezers, dishwashers, electric ranges and room air conditioners. Use the EnerGuide label to compare the energy consumption (expressed in kilowatt-hours per year) to that of similar models. The lower the kWh number, the less electricity the appliance uses.
Each individual home will consume different amounts of energy even though the size and type of home is similar. There are many variables that affect energy consumption in a home, which includes behaviour patterns and lifestyles of the occupants. Some examples are:
You can find your retailer contact information on your bill or by visiting the Utilities Consumer Advocate at http://ucahelps.alberta.ca/.
For more information on understanding your electricity bill, check out the video below or visit ATCO Electric.
Visit ATCO Gas to learn more about your natural gas bill.
As of 2014, many traditional incandescent bulbs will be phased out in Canada and will no longer be available for residential use.
LEDs use up to 90 per cent less energy than incandescents and typically last much longer than CFLs.
Unlike compact fluorescent bulbs, LEDs reach full brightness immediately, do not contain mercury, and are effective for outdoor and cold weather applications.
Due to advances in LED technology over the past several years, LEDs are available in nearly every size, shape, and brightness used in common household fixtures, so switching from CFLs and incandescents can mean big energy savings.
ATCO EnergySense recommends proper disposal of CFL bulbs. Contact your municipality for proper disposal information.
For a lighting comparison, view our Light Output Equivalency Table or check out the Efficient Lighting Information Sheet.
When you compare heating bills make sure to isolate your energy consumption from the energy costs, as energy costs may fluctuate throughout the year.
Some possible explanations that may cause your higher efficiency furnace to consume more energy than you expect:
A furnace is designed to heat the home's total heating area; therefore it is the most efficient appliance available. A fireplace is designed to heat smaller areas within your home. When occupying an area by your fireplace, turn your furnace thermostat down to save energy.
No. A properly sized furnace will operate at peak efficiencies and on a continuous basis on very cold days.
No. The installation of add-on insulation to residential water heaters is not acceptable under the Safety Codes Act in Alberta.
For more information on reducing energy consumption visit the Tools and Resources page.
Download the Managing Electricity at Home publication to reduce your electricity consumption ( PDF 2.1MB)
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