As electricity prices continue to rise, many Canadians keep looking for ways to save money on their energy bills. Nobody wants to pay more for bills than they have to. But what if people are spending money on things they aren’t even aware of? That’s actually more of a problem when it comes to electricity than you might think. When we make house calls and talk to our customers, we notice that they are surprised when we tell them that they are wasting energy.

Here are a couple of ways that you’re wasting electricity that you probably aren’t aware of:

Leaving electronics plugged in

Even if your electronics are in “sleep mode,” they could still drawing energy if they are plugged in, and contributing to your electricity bill. These devices continue to feed off of your energy system without actually being used for anything. Studies have shown that this accounts for nearly 10% of customer’s energy bills. If you aren’t using them, turn them off!

Using hot water for no reason

The water in your home is not naturally hot. It needs to be heated up to reach a suitable temperature. Do you know where most homes use the bulk of their hot water other than bathing? The laundry room. Heating the water up accounts for 90% of the energy used for washing clothes. Want a good solution? First, wash less often, which means not throwing clothes on the floor or mixing them with dirty ones. Second, wash using cold water. Save the hot water for heavily soiled clothing and stains.

Electricity functions just like any other utility: the more you use it, the more you pay. There are obvious ways to use less, but then there are some more mysterious ones. These are 3 ways that you’re wasting electricity that most people aren’t aware of. Keep on top of your electrical system and your bills at all times if you want peak performance and lower costs.