Tips to save on electricity this summer at your Gold Seal Management apartment in Toronto

electric Many Gold Seal properties feature new windows and modern appliances, but there are still ways to reduce your energy consumption at home. Read on to find out how small changes can make a big difference to both your Toronto hydro bill and your bank account.

1. Plug life

If you’re not using your electronics, unplug them. It’s as simple as that! This energy-saving rule goes for everything from your toaster oven to your desktop computer. Don’t forget your hairdryer, too. Since stand-by power can account for 10 per cent of your annual electricity use, unplugging unused electronics could easily save you $50 a year.

2. A little lamp goes a long way

Save up to $10 a year when you switch from electricity guzzling ceiling lights to cozier less expensive table lamps. Track lighting and under-counter lights will also use less energy and beautifully light up your new Gold Seal apartment at the same time.

3. Microwave and save

Not only does a microwave make meal prep quick and easy, but it also uses much less electricity than your oven. Use a microwave, or a crockpot in lieu of a stovetop, and save up to $13 a year, depending on how often you cook.

4. Outdoor cooking magic

Not only do BBQs cook up some seriously savoury summertime meals, but they’re also a great way to save money on your Toronto hydro bill. Additionally, when you cook outside on your Gold Seal balcony or patio on a hot day, the AC is less likely to go into overdrive, which can be costly.

5. Stop climate change

The perfect temperature for your freezer is -18°C and between 2°C and 3°C for your refrigerator. Stick to this rule-of-thumb and save up to $25 a year. Since few refrigerators actually show temperatures, you may want to pick up an inexpensive free-standing appliance thermometer in order to make the proper adjustments.

6. The towel movement

A dry towel tossed in with your dryer load can reduce the drying time and your hydro bill by more than $20 a year, especially if you have kids and are constantly doing laundry. You’ll also save more energy if you wash only full loads in cold water and hang items outside to dry naturally.

7. Tap water rules

Are you flushing $20 down the drain every year? An easy way to save money at your Gold Seal home is to be more conscious of running water. The next time you wash your hands or brush your teeth, try turning the tap off when you’re not actually using the water. Bonus points (and savings) if you can get your shower time down to five minutes. For more tips on how to save electricity or to learn about Gold Seal Management apartments in Toronto, be sure to visit today.