Energy Efficiency Alberta – Register for your free energy audit & complimentary upgrades!

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Energy Efficiency Alberta – Register for your free energy audit & complimentary upgrades!

The Alberta government has recently launched a program called ENERGY EFFICIENCY ALBERTA and it’s a great way to get free products for your home as well as reduce your electricity, natural gas, and water usage! Watch the video below for details.

https://youtu.be/GYIDEiFa_98

Residential No-Charge Energy Savings Program:

It’s completely free! They’ll come in and do the work for you to audit your house and install energy efficient products. Check out the website here!

Also – check out the Residential Retail Products Program here and start planning your big purchases!

Business, Non-Profit, and Institutional Energy Savings Program:

This program offers incentives to encourage organizations to choose high-efficiency products. Once your organization has installed an approved high-efficiency heating or lighting product you can apply for the rebate. Once approved, you’ll receive a cheque that will help cover the cost of the equipment.

Learn more here

This program starts in early May but purchases from March 24th or later are eligible, so sign up to the newsletter to be kept in the loop if you or your organization is interested. There’s also a program for residential and commercial solar for those interested. As with all things, there’s only so much in the provincial budget so it’s first come first serve.

Residential and Commercial Solar Program

This program offers rebates to homeowners, businesses and non-profits that install solar photovoltaic (PV) systems.

By 2019, the program is expected to:

  • Support the creation of 900 jobs in Alberta’s solar sector
  • Cut solar installation costs by up to 30 per cent for residences
  • Cut solar installation costs by up to 25 per cent for businesses and non-profits
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the province by about half a million tonnes—the equivalent of taking 100,000 passenger vehicles off the road

This program will launch as early as summer 2017, read more here and subscribe to the updates!

Reducing Energy Costs: (Surprisingly) Creative Hacks To Save Energy This Winter

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Reducing Energy Costs: (Surprisingly) Creative Hacks To Save Energy This Winter

At Peace Power, we’ve been surveying Albertans across the province for their suggestions on how to (creatively) save energy and now it’s time to share! The response was nearly overwhelming, so we’ve slimmed the list down to the most creative, focused, and easy to implement power-saving tips for the home.

  • Ive installed motion sensors in my hallways. That way the light only comes on when necessaryand goes off when someone leaves the hallway. It drove my wife crazy at first, but we fine-tuned the timing and now we love the hands-free convenience!
  • My roommate and I just installed smart switches so we can control the electrical devices and lights throughout our home via our smart phones. Its pretty cool being able to turn on my favorite song, set some mood lighting & brew a cup of coffee from the bus!
  • My kids love their electronic devices. So three days a week, I make them put their electronics down and go outside. It sounds a bit mean, but I also dont let them charge their gadgets while theyre gone, so we get at least one more hour of quality family time when they get back.
  • We installed a timeout device on our television so that the electricity is cut off to it when no one is home, like during work and school hours, or at night when we’re all sleeping. I had no idea how much power a big-screen TV wastes when its on standby mode!
  • Instead of turning on the lights when I get up during the night, I use an energy-efficient LED flashlight that I keep by my bed, to find my way through the house. It saves me money on power, stops me from stumbling around in the dark, and it helps me find the perfect midnight snack!
  • In our house, the entire family, including the kids, know the importance of saving energy. That is why we use energy efficient light bulbs and appliances, have good insulation installed and only run the dishwasher when it has a full load.
  • We have a rule that my teenage sons hate! The person who leaves the most lights on in the house has to mow the grass (or shovel snow) for the next week. It works out great…as long as I remember to follow my own rules..

In a world of increasing complexity and demand for power, it is only natural, for consumers to begin looking for ways to reduce their energy consumption and save money on utilities. One great way to save money is to switch to the only utility provider that wants to help you drive your costs down even further.

In the winter its dark more often and you use more power. In the summer the a/c and fans are keeping you cool. Every season has its individual power needs and it never seems to end! There is no better time to switch to Peace Power than now. Try the seven minute switch and start saving on your monthly electricity bill today.

In the meantime, it’s your turn. Now that you know what others do to save energy, why not share the creative ways you reduce your energy consumption in the comments below.

“Look Ma… No Sweater!” 9 Ways To Save Money On Your Heating Bills…Without Bundling Up

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“Look Ma… No Sweater!” 9 Ways To Save Money On Your Heating Bills…Without Bundling Up

With the temperatures cooling off, and the days growing shorter, more people are looking for ways to keep warm without spending any extra money. While your mother’s sage advice of “put on a sweater if you’re cold,” still applies, here are some alternatives she might not have suggested. Tip #1: Insulate Your Windows Windows are one of the biggest locations of heat loss. That’s why if you’re noticing a chill inside, it’s a good idea to ensure they’re closed, and to lower the blinds, draw the curtains, or both. If your windows are particularly troublesome, you could put plastic wrap over them, or hang a sheet or a blanket over them to provide a little extra insulation. Tip #2: Don’t Heat Rooms You’re Not Using Unless you’ve got a particularly big family, chances are good there’s at least one or two rooms in your house chances are there’s at least one or two rooms in your house you simply aren’t using all that often. If there’s no one in the guest room, or the study is empty three days out of the week, why are you wasting energy and money heating them? Shut the vents, close the door, and watch your energy costs dip. Tip #3: Never Underestimate The Value of a Space Heater

Space heaters are ideal for people who want to be comfortable, but who don’t want to break their piggy banks heating the whole house. Whether you’re curling up for bed, or stretching out on the couch, a space heater can make sure the room you’re in is perfectly pleasant, even if the rest of the house is a bit chilly.  This being said, there’s a fine line here and you need to be wary of it.  Some space heaters consume a lot of energy and so you’ll need to experiment a bit to find the happy medium.

Tip #4: Turn Off The Heat When You’re Not Home  While the idea of sitting in a house with no heat might be miserable, what difference will it make if you’re off on a business trip for the weekend, or at work for the next 9 hours? One of the best ways to save money on heating your home is to turn off the furnace when you’re not there to enjoy the heat. If you have a timer on your thermostat, you can program it, and forget about it! Tip #5: Use Cold Water in The Wash Hot water is another big source of energy spending in the colder months, so skip it when you can. While taking cold showers might be a bit extreme, you can wash most of your clothes in cold water without any problems. Try it out for a month, and look at the difference in your bills.  As a side note, try turning off the shower when you soap your body each day and then turn it back on to rinse. You’ll not only save on your heating bill, but you’ll save on your water bill as well and likely conserve soap too! Tip #6: Keep Your Temperatures Low Turning your thermostat down even a few degrees can have a big effect on your bill. Not only that, but if you gradually lower the temperature you can be comfortable at, you’re going to save a little more every month. Tip #7: Turn Off Your Ventilator Fans We’ve gotten used to just turning on the fan to jettison smells we don’t like from the bathroom or the kitchen. However, those fans often take some of your heat with them when they run and consume power as well. So, next time you’re about to flip that switch, instead, just leave it. Tip #8: Increase Your Humidity  A dry cold often feels worse, and it can lead to moisture being sucked right out of your skin. A humidifier is a good way to add both heat and moisture into the air. However, if you don’t want to use the power to run a mechanical humidifier, consider bringing some plants into your house or just leaving some open pans of water. It’s amazing the difference a little evaporation can make in your comfort level. Tip #9: Add Draft Blockers Under Your Doors and In Your Electrical Sockets Doors are probably the biggest offenders next to windows. That’s why adding an extra pane of exterior glass can make a big difference. If you don’t have a secondary door, though, you can still block drafts coming under the door with a towel, or with a piece of foam that fits beneath the door. For your electrical sockets, buy special inserts that prevent drafts from traveling through them.  As an added safety bonus, these inserts will prevent your children from sticking unwanted items into them as well! Try out these tips and you’ll be several steps closer to living comfortably & affordably during the long winter months.  Peace Power can provide you with a natural gas rate that will keep you warm and your wallet safe! See why they are providing Alberta’s best utility experience!

Simple tricks to cool your home without relying on A/C!

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Simple tricks to cool your home without relying on A/C!

You may have read recently that the demand for air conditioning and fans due to the hot weather we’ve been getting is causing electricity prices to rise. Of course, if you are on one of our great fixed rate plans, you will not see this increase in price, but you may have seen a rise in your electricity consumption. To help with these rising costs, we have put together a few helpful hints to keep you and your home cool over the summer months so you won’t need to rely on A/C and fans so much.

Ceiling fans: If you have ceiling fans in your home it is best to run them counter-clockwise. This draws the cooler air from the floor to the ceiling. There should be a switch on the base of the fan that allows you to do this.

Evening air: Open your windows in the evening and try and get a cross-breeze flowing through your home to cool it off. The trick with this is to simply remember to close them in the morning before the sun heats things up again.

Close curtains and blinds: During the day you should close the blinds to keep the sun from heating up the interior.

Incandescent lights: Not only are these expensive to run, they also heat up your place pretty quick. If you can, switch to an LED bulb or another energy efficient bulb.

Buckwheat pillow: No, not this kind of buckwheat pillow with the famous Little Rascal pictured on it…

but one with buckwheat in it. If you are like me, sleeping is tough on a hot pillow but one with buckwheat in it does not hold onto heat like conventional pillows. You can find them easily online or at big box stores.

Hopefully with these tips you can keep your home a little cooler and help to get through the hot days of summer.

Peace Power is currently offering our lowest fixed rates ever for electricity to new customers. Signing up takes about 10 minutes and we handle switching you over from your current provider. With our new rates and the tips mentioned above you can keep the heat off yourself and your monthly budget! Sign up today at www.peacepower.ca!

Stay cool!

Kirk Clavelle
Chief Information Officer
Peace Power

P.S. While we are not in the pillow business, if you fancy that buckwheat pillow you can find it here: http://www.cafepress.com/+throw_pillow,442987630