Conserve and Save Energy

At Saint John Energy we are dedicated to providing our customers with value to meet their evolving needs and we know that our customers wish to run an energy efficient home. An energy efficient home saves you money, increases comfort and is environmentally friendly.

Save Energy With These Energy Efficiency Tips

Knowledge is power and understanding how you’re using your power is the first step towards reducing your energy costs. There are three major categories of energy usage that influence cost — heat, hot water and appliances. The following information outlines average energy use in these three areas and tips for reducing your use and ways you can gauge your own family’s energy use.

Our Top 5 Energy Efficiency Tips

  • Use cold water to wash clothes and hang clothes to dry when possible.
  • In winter, keep curtains or drapes open during the day (to attract heat) and closed at night (to retain heat). In summer, do the opposite.
  • LED light bulbs are 85% more energy efficient than other lightbulbs and last longer.
  • Basements are responsible for 1/3 of a home’s heat loss. Make sure yours is properly insulated.
  • Use a microwave or toaster oven when possible to use less energy than a stove or oven.

 How to reduce your use:

Heating accounts for approximately 60% of your annual energy use.

The number one factor that influences most energy consumption is the outside temperature. As the mercury drops, the more your heating system needs to work to maintain a comfortable temperature. Be sure to monitor and control your home’s humidity levels as well – a healthy humidity level should be between 35-55%.

  • Don’t overheat. Turn thermostats back at night and when away for long periods throughout the day. Turn electric baseboard heaters off at the electrical panel until the start of the heating season. Consider programmable electronic thermostats for better comfort and control.
  • Use window kits to increase the performance and comfort of windows. Use weather-stripping, caulking, and expanding foam to seal air leaks.

Hot water represents approximately 20% of your annual energy use.

  • Fix leaking hot water pipes and faucets.
  • Limit shower time and use low-flow showerheads.
  • Wash with cold water whenever possible.

 Appliances and lighting account for about 20% of your annual energy use.

  • If it’s not in use, turn it off. This includes lighting, computers, TVs, fans, etc.
  • Unplug that old, empty fridge or freezer.
  • When replacing appliances, look for the Energy Star® label.
  • Operating times of certain devices should be closely monitored. Be aware that devices such as air conditioners, dehumidifiers, pumps, car heaters, heating cable, heat recovery ventilators and others can have a major impact on your bill. Consider timers as an option for some of these.

Energy Smart NB

Energy Smart NB has many ways to help you conserve energy — no matter how you heat or whether you are a home owner or a commercial business. Learn about incentive programs and energy efficiency through the Province’s Smart Habits Efficiency Program.

Business Rebate Program

Earn 25% back for your business with approved energy upgrades. Start reducing greenhouse gas emissions with energy efficient upgrades. Learn more here.