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Electricity Rates Jump 46% - How to Save!

Blog by Sara Kalke | December 1st, 2011

Electricity rate to rise 46%?!!  Now that's a shock!

Sorry for the bad joke - can't help it!  With electricity rates from Epcor Utilities projected to rise 46% in December, here are a few ways to save electricity, and don't worry - start with the biggest guzzlers then go to the smaller culprits of energy use, no need to install a solar panel (although if this 46% hike lasts, they'll pay themselves off faster than before!). 

Did you know I'm a RE/MAX Green Specialist - trained to help with all things to Green your home! 

Save Electricity in Your Home

1)  Start with the easy stuff:  lights - change incandescent bulbs to compact fluorescent bulbs, and turn them off when you're not using them.  Use LED Christmas lights. 
2)  Vampires:  did you know that 75% of the electricity used to power home electronics is used while the products are turned off but still plugged into the wall*?  Wow!  Cut their power by using a power bar with an off switch or timer, or plug them into an outlet with an on/off switch.  If you go on holidays, make sure to unplug these appliances so they're not drawing power unnecessarily.
3)  Appliances:  your old appliances might be using so much power, it would actually be cheaper to replace them with new ones than to keep them running.  Especially bad culprits:  old deep freezes, dishwashers, refrigerators, etc.  Front-loading washing machines can be up to 40% more efficient* than top-loading ones!  And remember to wash in cold water - 85 to 90% of energy used by washing machines is for heating the water!  Only run your washer and dishwasher with full loads.  Buy EnergyStar appliances and electronics whenever possible.
4)  Re-heating:  use a toaster oven instead of your range oven to heat up small meals - electric ovens can be huge electricy users. You can save up to 30% of the energy required to cook in a conventional oven*.  Only open the oven when absolutely necessary - 20% of the heat is lost from the oven each time the door is opened.

For more tips, check out the following resources (*figures are from the following websites):

Enmax energy saving tips:  http://www.enmax.com/Energy/Res/Greenmax/Conservation/Conservation+Tips.htm
Fortis Alberta energy saving tips:  http://www.fortisalberta.com/Default.aspx?cid=358&lang=1

Happy Savings!

Your faithful REALTOR®,
Sara Kalke
RE/MAX River City

Direct: (780) 710-7669
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December electricity rate will rise 46 per cent

EDMONTON - Unexpected power plant failures combined with normal increased demand during December will see Albertans not on a residential contract pay about 46 per cent more for electricity compared with November, Epcor Utilities said Wednesday.

The average homeowner uses about 600 kilowatts a month, so the hike will add $25.09 to the average homeowner’s power bill for RRO (Regulated Rate Option) customers.

The December rate will rise to 13.3 cents per kilowatt hour from the November rate of 9.1 cents. However, the rate in September was 12.4 cents. The electricity rate accounts for about half of a power bill, with the rest comprised of distribution costs and other fees.

... Full article available at:  http://www.edmontonjournal.com/business/December+electricity+rate+will+rise+cent/5790658/story.html