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December 2018

Make it a New Year’s Resolution to Save Money and Energy (Part One)

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We’re always searching for ways to save money, and one of the biggest ways — our home energy consumption — is right in front of us! Learn tips from our energy company!

 

Energy savings sort of sits around like a New Year’s resolution — either you’re gung-ho and ready to take action to conserve energy in your home, or you’ll sit on it for another year talking about how you need to work on saving energy!

 

The thing about it is, there are so many small, actionable changes you can make — and really, it doesn’t impact your daily life all that much. Even better, you save money on your gas and electric bill.

 

At Olympus Energy, the truth of the matter is, we all consume gas and electricity to enjoy the comforts of modern life. We’re here to guide and assist you in these services and offer a floating rate on utilities in the Alberta area. Partner with us, and learn the best tips for saving money and electricity in the new year!

 

Small Steps to Maximize Your Energy Savings

 

When it comes to resolutions we tend to go big — lose 20 pounds in a month or cutting out alcohol for a year. These big ambitions are courageous and well-intentioned but sometimes you have to start small, and that is how you maximize your energy saving goals! Below are some of the best tips and techniques we’ve learned in all of our years as energy suppliers.

 

Energy Conservation Tip #1 – Reconsider dish duty!

 

A dishwasher uses a good deal of water and electricity and sometimes we forget this because it was a long day at work, and we just want to load the dishes and relax. To save energy, consider hand washing your dishes every other load you would normally turn to use the dishwasher. Even air drying your dishes in lieu of using your dishwasher’s drying cycle can cut the energy usage up to 50 percent.

 

If you do hand wash dishes, don’t leave the water running. Fill the sink and let the dishes soak, give them a good scrub, and then rinse them with clean water.

Energy Conservation Tip #2 – Slowly raise the temperature in your home!

You all have been there — a large snowstorm hits and you return to your home after a long day at work and crank the heat! When you rapidly try and raise the temperature, it uses more energy trying to get up to the temperature. If you can, keep raising your home’s temperature by a couple of degrees in a slower manner to maximize your energy savings. 

Energy Conservation Tip #3 – Keep the oven door closed!

For all of those impatient chefs out there, keep your oven door closed while cooking! Every time you open the door, you can lose up to 25 degrees — not only are you wasting energy, but the lost heat may also impact the final outcome of what you’re cooking. Instead, use the oven light and switch it on to check on your food.

 

Energy Conservation Tip #4 – Replace well-loved fixtures.

 

There are certain rooms that we use the most — choose the five most used fixtures in your home and replace them or the light bulbs with energy saving products such as LED light bulbs, and then slowly and gradually, replace all the light bulbs in your home to really begin to see energy savings.  

 

Energy Conservation Tip #5 – Air dry your clothes!

 

In warmer weather, invest in a laundry line and hang your clothes outside, and in the cooler months use it inside to air dry your clothes. It may take a little more effort, but the energy you conserve makes an impact.

 

If you simply can’t air dry clothes, find an energy efficient dryer to better save energy.

 

Energy Conservation Tip #6 – Lower the temperature setting on your hot water heater.

 

Reduce your hot water heater’s temperature to around 48 degrees Celcius to really begin to see an impact on your monthly utilities. Another great tip is to turn off your hot water heater when you go out of town — this way you’re not paying to heat it and it warms up in about an hour when you turn it back on.

 

Taking small steps toward energy conservation is as simple as committing to a few, minor changes. You don’t have to completely uproot what you’re doing — you just have to become more mindful of how you use energy. Begin by picking and choosing what makes sense for your life and you’ll begin to see changes in your utilities and even save money.

 

For more tips, stay tuned for part two!

 

Connect with us today for more information on our gas and electric options.    

 

Ninja Tip 5: To Stay Hidden, Energy Ninjas Look to Better Lighting

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Ninja Tip 5: To Stay Hidden, Energy Ninjas Look to Better Lighting

People pay more for their current outdated lights than upgrading to newer fixtures. In most cases, a new set of LED lights will recover their own costs within a year or so with the savings on electricity in the home or office. If you have halogen lights, incandescent or even 5+ year old lights of any kind, you may want to consider an upgrade. There would be less light replacements and better lighting. The cost reduction from lighting alone would be enough to keep you away from the thermostat, thus concealing your true ninja identity.

 

(https://www.offthegridnews.com/grid-threats/top-20-energy-efficiency-myths/ – myth 15)

 

Here’s the take away message: you do not need to live as though you don’t have electricity and natural gas to save money and reduce usage. A master energy ninja is one who is NOT noticed. Apply these few tips to your home and business and be content with your savings and comfort. Some adjustments may require a few dollars upfront, but remember, you will have more in your pocket in no time.

 

Now you know how to be a true energy ninja! 

How Does Electricity Power My Home?

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At Olympus Energy we place a high value on education. Both for our employees and our customers. And as your power company of choice in Edmonton, we want you to be informed every step of the way. After all, electricity is a modern day necessity, and since you’re paying for it, you should know what it is you’re getting and how you’re getting it.  

Today we’re going to talk about how electricity moves from beginning to end. From how it’s generated to how it makes it to your home or business. We hope this blog post will help demystify the process and help you understand. Plus, you can show off your newfound knowledge with your friends. Or… just have them read our post themselves.

First things first…

You may have heard of AC currents (which stands for active currents). AC current is one in which the flow of electricity goes one way and back the other way. AC power is what makes our houses or business go, so to speak. Many of the appliances, tools, computers, etc. we use on daily basis wouldn’t be able to function without it.

Without AC currents, powering our day-to-day lives would be a lot more expensive, if it were even possible. The reason we use AC currents is because, unlike DC currents (or direct currents), AC currents allow the use of a transformer.

In order to reach your home, power plants send out AC currents at high voltage rates, which allow it to travel quickly. However, if the current was to enter your home, go through your walls, and into your appliances at that high a voltage, you’d have a big problem. That’s where the transformer comes in. Before the current enters your home, it is “transformed” to a lower voltage, thus allowing you to run electric-powered items safely and efficiently.  

From the power plant to your home

Now that we’ve covered a little about what sort of power your home or work uses, let’s dive into each step of the process.

Generation:

There are many ways in which electricity is generated. It can come from wind (i.e. windmills), water (i.e. hydroelectric plants like dams), coal, or even biomass (i.e. burning food or yard waste). Generators then sell their electricity at a wholesale for a set price per hour.

Transmission:

We mostly covered the transmission of electricity above, but it’s worth noting that electricity does not go straight from the generators into homes. It travels across high-voltage transmission lines to local substations. These substations are likely the images your mind conjures up as you think about electricity and where it comes from as you’ve probably seen one near your house or place of work.  

Distribution:

This is where transformers come in. From substations, the electricity voltage is lowered — your home typically uses 240 and 120-volt outlets that are then sent to your home.

End User (RETAIL):

That’s where we come in!

Olympus Energy makes energy solutions simple

We hope this brief little tour of electricity was informative and helpful in understanding where electricity comes from, how it gets to you, and where exactly it is Olympus fits into the process.

As Edmonton’s foremost electricity provider, we want to make sure your energy needs are being met while keeping your rates low.

When you switch to Olympus Energy, you could be saving over $500 a year. We even do what we call our $100 challenge. That’s where you send us your bill, and if we can’t save you money, we’ll give you $100 just for taking the time to do so!

Contact us today to get a free quote or sign up for our services. We can even handle your natural gas needs.

Energy Ninja Tip – Four

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Ninja Tip 4: Don’t Use Electric Heat Lamps as a Heating Substitute for the Furnace.

At my workplace, we spent more money on electricity from heat lamps than on the gas we were saving by turning the thermostat down.  If we had just left the furnace at a normal temperature, we would have all been more comfortable; including the thermostat ninja and his wallet. Save money by being comfortable rather than spending more to be uncomfortable. 

 

(https://www.offthegridnews.com/grid-threats/top-20-energy-efficiency-myths/ – Myth 6)

Energy Ninja – Tip Three

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Ninja tip 3: Do not close vents and registers in unused rooms. It does not save energy.

When an energy ninja closes vents, the pressure in the ductwork system increases and the system needs to work harder to keep up the temperature. A harder working system is a higher energy use system. Also, higher pressure in the ducts means more air loss due to leakage in the ductwork. Closing vents to save energy is one of the most common ninja mistakes, even for seasoned energy ninjas. It does allow for some heat control, but the system must work extra hard an therefore does not reduce energy consumption.

(https://www.mythinkenergy.com/common-energy-myths – tip 3)

(https://www.offthegridnews.com/grid-threats/top-20-energy-efficiency-myths/ – myth 7)

Energy Ninja – Tip Two

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What energy ninjas need to know to be less noticed.

No one messes with the energy Ninja! I once worked with a colleague who was serious about energy savings. He was a thermostat ninja! Hot summers and cold winters both outside and inside the office. My office was so uncomfortable, customers in summer meetings had glistening sweaty foreheads. In winter, customers had to wear coats during client meetings. Did we save on the utility bill? Not much!

While my colleague, (the thermostat ninja) should be commended for his commitment to reduce costs and save energy, there are a few misconceptions he had that could have made a real difference on our utility bill and not required making everyone so uncomfortable. This is what energy ninjas need to know to be less noticed.

Ninja tip 2: The water heater uses tons of energy. Manipulate the heater before you modify the thermometer.

If you can pour a cup warm enough for tea straight from your tap, the water heater is too hot and is wasting energy. Any good thermostat ninja turns the temperature setting down on the hot water tank to 50C or 120F. Water heaters run more efficiently when the temperature is set lower. 

Also, if the water tank itself is warm to the touch, it is losing energy. Ninjas can save up to 9% on their energy bill just by installing a water heater blanket to keep that heat in. 

Another stealthy move is to install a timer, (unless you have a gas heated tank) on the water heater to turn it off at night or when you don’t use much hot water. 

Finally, fix leaky faucets, especially ones that drip hot water. It adds up.

Since master ninjas know water heaters account for 1/3 of household energy expense, mastering the water tank is a real right of passage.

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7DiySZ5HNo0 – Howcast how to adjust your water heater to save energy)

(https://www.offthegridnews.com/grid-threats/top-20-energy-efficiency-myths/ – myth 18)

Energy Ninja – Tip One

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What energy ninjas need to know to be less noticed.

No one messes with the energy Ninja! I once worked with a colleague who was serious about energy savings. He was a thermostat ninja! Hot summers and cold winters both outside and inside the office. My office was so uncomfortable, customers in summer meetings had glistening sweaty foreheads. In winter, customers had to wear coats during client meetings. Did we save on the utility bill? Not much!

While my colleague, (the thermostat ninja) should be commended for his commitment to reduce costs and save energy, there are a few misconceptions he had that could have made a real difference on our utility bill and not required making everyone so uncomfortable. This is what energy ninjas need to know to be less noticed.

Ninja tip 1: Most heat is lost through walls, not windows.

All energy ninjas know heat is lost to exterior windows, but not all ninjas realize window heat loss is only a small percentage of the total heat loss in a home or business (10-20%). Typically, exterior walls account for much more heat loss than windows due to their larger surface area. Unless windows are leaking air, it’s better to insulate walls before upgrading windows since heat loss through windows is usually minimal compared to walls. In other words, an insulation upgrade will pay itself back sooner than a window upgrade. Every energy ninja should know this.

(https://www.mythinkenergy.com/common-energy-myths – tip 8)