How do you save energy at home? I don’t know about you, but since I moved to Canada I started to think about my costs during the year. Maybe because I get more information in Canada than In Brazil? Maybe because I start to realize how much I can save and then use the money towards something else, specially investing?
Either way, here in Ontario we have a program called Every Kilowatt Counts Power Savings. I spoke about this program before when I mentioned that we can save energy at home with programmable thermostats. It really is a good opportunity to buy stuff and get discounts. This time I’ve got my flyer from Canadian Tire and there’s a section dedicated to energy efficient equipments.
As you may know, we have a lot of equipments plugged at home and even if we’re not at home, they’re still using energy. For example, TV, PVR, blu-ray, cable box, computer, monitor and so on. You’re not using my friend because you’re at work. So, what can we do? And what did I do?
At Canadian Tire, they had the Woods Power bar/timer on sale for $19.99 (original price is $24.99) and you can get a $5 dollars coupon. The price is down to $14.99. I went to Canadian Tire and bought 2 of them. Before finding this device, I was planning to buy another one: In the United States, you can have at Amazon the Smart Strip LCG3 Energy Saving Power Strip with Autoswitching Technology. Unfortunately they don’t ship this product to Canada.
Once I got home, I unplugged some of my devices and programmed the power bar. There’s no need to my tv, cable box, satellite box, blu-ray to be plugged if I’m not at home and also during the night, when I’m sleeping right? Now it is time to check the results. This month (September-October period: 1674 kWh) I am going to pay $192.88 dollars. Let’s see the next bill.