Saving energy

A few things you can do at home to fight climate change and save energy!

The OMHM is targeting a 5% reduction in energy consumption and a 7% drop in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions over the period 2010 to 2015. This will be achieved through ventilation, insulation, building envelope sealing, and electromechanical management system upgrades.

However, to meet its energy consumption and GHG goals, the OMHM will also need the invaluable cooperation of its 40,000 tenants.

Here is what you can do on a daily basis to help you slash your energy consumption and make a difference in the battle against climate change:

  • Ventilating and refreshing your apartment's air
    Only open doors and windows a few minutes each day. Keeping the windows open for long periods wastes an enormous amount of heating energy and cools the apartment without refreshing its air. You can refresh your apartment's air more effectively by opening the window wide for five minutes. But first turn off the heat and only turn it back on once you have closed the window. The best time to refresh your apartment's air during the winter is in the late afternoon.

  • Reduce heat consumption
    Reduce the temperature by 3°C at night and 1°C during the day. This 3% nightly reduction will actually save 6% in heating energy. 

  • Save water and power
    • Take a short shower rather than a bath. A short (less than seven-minute) shower uses 66 litres of water (9.5 lires per minute) while a bath requires 100 litres. Taking short showers rather than baths is a great way  to cut your energy and water consumption. 
    • Don't run the water when doing the dishes. Plug the sink and partly fill it rather than washing the dishes under running water. 

  • Buy Energy Star appliances
    If you need to buy or replace a refrigerator, washing machine, computer, printer or television, choose an Energy Star model. Energy-guzzling household appliances are responsible for 22% of all electricity consumption. Energy Star products use 10% to 50% less power than conventional products. 

To learn more about climate change and to discover other ways of reducing your energy consumption, please visit Défi Climat 2014.

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