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With balmy summer nights behind us, it’s time to move those T-shirts to the back of the closet in favour of cozy sweaters. Crisp fall weather also means more time spent indoors and lights left on longer. In this DIY issue, we show you easy ways to take control of your energy costs and do more with less. From simple changes in habits to budget-friendly upgrades, we offer many low-cost/no-cost ways to get your home in shape – without breaking the bank. Start with our fall maintenance checklist to get your home ready for winter. Then, stock up on energy-saving products and use the coupons included to save in every room. We also share some easy DIY décor projects and recipes to get you in the mood for fall and still save electricity.
P.S: Don’t forget to enter our social media photo challenge for a chance to win a Wink Smart Home Starter Kit (page 5).
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Make your own LED lamp 4
Your fall home energy checklist 6
Shop and save with coupons! 8
LEDs: Our expert enlightens 15
How to automate your home 16
Tips: 5 ways to keep the heat in 18
Introducing the all-new outage map
Time for a new furnace? Get rebates
Holiday recipes that won’t gobble up electricity 22
SET THE MOOD
Guest expert Samantha Sannella on why it’s worth switching to LEDs.
WIN A WINK SMART
HOME STARTER KIT!
Trace the diameter of the socket onto the lid. Use the hammer and nail to perforate the lid.
Gently tap out the inner circle.
3Screw the socket
into the lid so that it sits neatly on the surface.
ON THE COVER
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
• Mason jar with screw-on lid • Cord set with socket • LED bulb • Hammer • Finishing nail • Marker • Rope or yarn
Tighten the jar lid and hang.
Twist the LED into the socket and lower into the jar.
Contest rules and conditions on back cover.
STYLE IT UP!LEDs stay cool to the touch, making it easy to safely decorate your lamp with rope or yarn.
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STARTER KIT ($219 VALUE)
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Control lights and other devices from your smartphone, and enhance home security.
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YOUR DIY FALL ENERGY CHECKLIST
A TUNE-UPClean or replace furnace filters once a month during heating season.
SET TO SAVESet your thermostat to 20°C during the day, 18°C overnight and 16°C when you’re away.
Insulate the first 2 metres of hot water pipes extending from your tank to prevent heat loss.
Test and replace batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they’re working.
Set your electric water heater temperature to 48°C to save energy and avoid scalding.
SEAL THE DEAL
Caulk or seal drafts around windows, doors and electrical outlets to save up to $350 a year.
With nights getting cooler, chilly days won’t be far behind. This is the perfect time of year to get your home ready for winter. Here are 10 easy steps to keep your home cozy and your energy costs in check.
ON TIMERSInstall timers on indoor and outdoor lights to save energy and keep your home secure.
Use heat-shrink plastic to reduce heat loss from windows you aren’t going to open over the winter.
Clean dryer lint traps, stove vents and bathroom vents to prevent fires and save energy.
Vacuum your refrigerator’s coils and intake grille every 3 months to maximize efficiency.
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Save energy, stay comfortable and keep your
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to get you started.
THE IN-STORE COUPON EVENT IS BACK!
Beef up your home security with outdoor lights set automatically.
INDOOR DIMMER SWITCH
Dim the lights for electricity savings.
THERMOSTATSSet to save up to 10% on heating costs.
Keep the heat in by sealing drafts around doors and windows.
WITH TIMERS OR
Fight phantom power to save up to 10% on electricity costs!
CFLS (MULTIPACKS)Switch 5 incandescent bulbs to CFLs and save up to $30 a year!
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SWITCH IT UP
Turn old into new to save up to 75%.
With hundreds of styles available, you won’t be able to take your eyes off them.
FOLLOW THE LIGHT
LEDs lead the way, with longer life and savings up to 75%.
ON THE ADVANTAGES
OF LED LIGHTING
Samantha Sannella is a design consultant, owner of Urban Retreat Homes and is the former president and CEO of the Design Exchange. She also teaches part-time at Ryerson University.
Anything that uses a regular bulb can be changed to an LED
WHAT ARE THE BEST WAYS
TO USE LEDS IN YOUR HOME?
Start with ceiling fixtures and pendants – anything that uses a regular bulb can be changed to an LED. In Toronto, many homes have halogen pot lights that give off a lot of heat and burn out often. These are also replaceable with slimline LED retrofit fixtures.
DON’T LEDS PRODUCE “COLD” LIGHT?
Not at all! Colour temperature for LEDs has greatly improved. For residential lights, choose an LED with a temperature of between 2,500 K and 3,500 K. This will give the home a lovely warm glow.
WHAT DO YOU SAY TO PEOPLE WHO ARE
HESITANT ABOUT THE COST OF LEDS?
I say, invest, invest, invest! The cost of LEDs has decreased and Toronto Hydro offers coupons to save even more. Your utility bills will be lower and you won’t have to climb a ladder to replace a light which is a great benefit.
WHERE ARE SOME UNEXPECTED
AREAS TO USE LEDS?
My favourite place is in a kitchen cabinet drawer, so that when you open it, the light automatically switches on. LEDs can also be installed for dramatic effect with crown moulding and baseboards, as well as in the shower.
CAN LEDS ENHANCE OUTDOOR SPACES?
LEDs make great additions to the garden for the ‘twinkle’ effect and for security lighting. Because they rarely burn out, they are a good maintenance-free option.
LEDs last up to 25 times longer than incandescent bulbs
THE FUTURE IS HERE — AND
IT’S HELPING YOU SAVE ENERGY
WIN A WINK SMART HOME STARTER KIT!
Snap a photo of how you’re saving energy using the hashtag #TOsaves for your chance to win a home automation package valued at $219!
Install sensors and timers to shut off lights in rooms when no one’s there. Download coupons at
SMART THERMOSTATSControl your home’s temperature remotely – some systems are even zone-based to keep rooms at different temperatures.
LOADS OF SAVINGS
The latest washers and dryers can be set to run only during off-peak hours – and can even be controlled remotely.
TRACK, MEASURE, MANAGE
Track your home’s electricity use right from your smart-phone or computer. Get a free home electricity report with the PowerLens® Energy Calculator. Find this and other helpful tools at mytorontohydro.com
From home security monitoring to voice-activated lights, smart technology is connecting every aspect of our lives. Now, energy management technology is leading the charge, with 61%* of online households planning to buy some form of home automation to save energy. It’s an effortless way to manage your home’s energy use – even while you’re away.
STILL PLUGGED IN? STILL PAYING!
Electronics and appliances still draw power even if they’re turned off. This phantom power can account for up to 10% of your electricity bill!
WHERE TO PUT
RAISE THE POWER BARFight phantom power by cutting power to electronics and devices automatically. Download coupons for power bars at
HOME SECURITYSensors on outdoor lights can enhance safety and even alert you by phone or text if there is unusual activity.
A COOLER FRIDGE
Some fridges will alert your phone if the door is left open or the temperature goes up.
*Consumer Electronics Association (CEA®) Adoption and Usage of
Home Automation Technologies, 2013
ARE YOU READY
HOW TO TAKE THE BITE OUT OF HIGHER HEATING COSTS
Last February set a record as Toronto’s coldest month ever, with wind chills hitting the -40°C mark and a whopping 23 extreme cold alerts issued by Toronto Public Health.
With another potentially long winter ahead, Torontonians – especially
those living on fixed or modest incomes – may feel the sting of higher-than-usual heating bills. With as much as 50% of energy costs spent on
heating, even small, inexpensive ways to save energy can make a big
difference in staying comfortable while keeping costs down.
5 BUDGET-FRIENDLY WAYS
TO KEEP THE HEAT IN
Use weatherstripping around doors and windows to reduce heating costs by up to 30% Open blinds during the day and close them at night Keep humidity levels at no higher than 30% to make
your home feel warmer
Turn down the heat by just 2 degrees to reduce heating costs by up to 5%
Close heat registers in rooms you’re not using
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During a cold spell, there’s nothing worse than a furnace on the fritz. Don’t wait for an emergency – if your furnace is more than 10 years old, replace it with incentives for going high efficiency. By acting now, you’ll leave yourself plenty of time to shop around, compare costs and take advantage of rebates.
*Incentives are available for installation of eligible equipment completed between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2015 and submitted no later than Feb. 1, 2016. Equipment must be purchased from and installed by a participating contractor. $250 incentive with purchase and installation of an eligible furnace. $250 OR $400 incentive with purchase and installation of an eligible central air conditioner system. †Energy Display image is for illustration only,
may not be exactly as shown. You must have a central air conditioner, electric water heater and/or pool pump in good working order to participate. Limited time offer.
To qualify, your new system must be purchased from and installed by a participating contractor. For details, visit torontohydro.com/heatingandcooling
THERE ARE SOME THINGS YOU CAN’T FIX YOURSELF
Get $250* when you install a new high-efficiency furnace Get up to $400 when you install a new high-efficiency central air conditioner 20
HOW TO SHOP LIKE A PRO
YOUR GUIDE TO CHOOSING A CONTRACTOR
Read online reviews or talk to friends and neighbours
Look for a company that offers licenced air conditioning or refrigeration technicians Ensure the contractor has general liability insurance, so you’re not on the hook for any damage to your home or personal injury Check that they take part in industry
associations, such as the Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada Ask about bundling incentives and rebates
Get everything in writing
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HAS YOUR FRIDGE
That old fridge or freezer
could be costing you up to $125 a year in electricity! We’ll take it away and recycle it,
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NO-BAKE PUMPKIN CHEESECAKE
1 pkg. (250 g) cream cheese, softened 1 cup (250 ml) canned pumpkin 3/8 cup (90 ml) maple syrup 1/4 tsp. (1.5 ml) ground cinnamon 1/4 tsp. (1.5 ml) ground nutmeg 1/4 tsp. (1.5 ml) ground allspice 1/4 tsp. (1.5 ml) ground ginger
2 cups (500 ml) whipped topping or whipped whipping cream plus extra for garnish 1 prepared graham cracker crumb crust (9-inch)
IMPRESS WITH LESS — THESE
HOLIDAY TREATS REQUIRE
JUST A PINCH OF ELECTRICITY
Mix first 7 ingredients in an electric mixer until smooth. Stir in 2 cups of whipped topping. Spoon into crust. Refrigerate 3 hours. Serve with remaining whipped topping.
SLOW-COOKED SPICED NUTS
1/4 cup (60 ml) pure maple syrup 3 tbsp. (45 ml) unsalted butter 2 tsp. (10 ml) ground cinnamon 1 tsp. (5 ml) kosher salt 1/8 tsp. (1 ml) cayenne pepper 2 cups (500 ml) pecan halves 2 cups (500 ml) roasted cashews 2 cups (500 ml) raw whole almonds
Coat a 6-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. Mix first 5 ingredients in a large bowl. Add nuts and toss to coat. Transfer to slow cooker and cook on high for one hour. Reduce heat to low and stir periodically for one hour until dry.
SLOW COOKERSuse 65% less energy in 7 hours than an electric oven uses in 1 hour.
DIY PLACE CARD SETTINGS
Seat your guests in style with place cards made from mini-pumpkins, gold spray paint and a paper cut-out of a leaf!
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All three of the following prizes will be awarded to each of the winners in this Contest: six (6) Wink Hub Gateways (one (1) per Month during the Contest Period) each with an approximate retail value of $55.00 (CAD) before any applicable taxes; six (6) Nest Protect 2nd Gen Smoke + Carbon Monoxide Alarm (one (1) per Month during the Contest Period) each with an approximate retail value $109.00 (CAD) before any applicable taxes; and six (6) GE Link Starter Kits (one (1) per Month during the Contest Period) each with an approximate retail value of $55.00 (CAD) before any applicable taxes. Limit of one entry per Account per Month. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received each applicable Month during the Contest Period. Entries received during a given Month will not be carried forward for entry into future Months. No purchase necessary. Contest winner will be required to answer a skill testing question. See Contest Rules for full prize details: torontohydro.com/TOsaves. Contest closes March 15, 2016. ADDITIONAL RESTRICTIONS MAY APPLY. NO SUBSTITUTIONS.