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How to Prepare Your Home For Winter (Part Two)

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Believe it or not, electric companies have your best interest in mind. We are here to partner with you and help you lower your energy usage, thus saving you money on your utilities!

 

In part one, we addressed common ways to better weatherize your home and keep the cold weather out. In today’s post, we’ll go into more detail about weatherizing doors and windows.

 

Learn helpful energy saving tips and connect with us at Olympus Energy to discuss your gas and electric services.

 

Additional Winterization Tips!

 

Now that we’ve covered some basic home weatherization tips, let’s look a little more in-depth to notorious energy-sucking culprits: your windows and doors!

 

Winterizing Your Doors

 

Doors are great at keeping the majority of the cold weather out, but they are prone to cold-air leaks.

 

Invest in a draft guard.

 

A draft guard is a gadget that attaches at the bottom of your door, to, you guessed it, keep cold air drafts at bay. If it’s an area that you use frequently, a draft guard is a perfect investment, but you can always use a rolled up towel to block drafts in a pinch.

 

Try weatherstripping.

 

Weather stripping is more of a permanent solution compared to just a draft guard. Weather stripping is installed (you can find it at your local home improvement store) at the top and bottom (door threshold) of your door. This is a simple fix that keeps warm air in and cool air out!

 

Winterizing Your Windows

 

Windows are other home features that can potentially waste energy. Besides investing in new, energy-efficient windows, there are simple and affordable ways to winterize your windows.

 

You can check your windows for leaks simply by placing your hands in front of them; if you feel a cold draft, you probably have an air leak. It has been estimated that up to 33 percent of heat loss during the winter is a result of leaky windows and doors. 

 

Consider draft stoppers.

 

Draft stoppers serve the same functions for windows as draft guards do for doors — they protect your home from cold air. They are installed at the bottom of a window to block and prevent drafts.

 

Implement window film.

 

Window film is a plastic film that is placed in front of your window to create an additional barrier between you and the cold. The film can keep up to 70 percent of cold air from penetrating your home, saving your energy usage.

 

These films are easy to install and are essentially a giant roll of plastic wrap! You install the film to cover your entire window and let it cure in about a week.

 

Add window caulk.

 

Perhaps your window caulk is worn or new caulk needs to be placed. Banish cold air leaks on the non-moveable parts of the windows, typically on the frame itself or where the trim meets the wall.

 

What products are good for winterizing my windows and doors?

 

There are many products on the market, and with a little research, or talking with your local home improvement store or energy suppliers, you can find one perfect for your home. Follow these general guidelines to expertly install weatherstripping for your windows and doors.

 

Weatherstripping 101:

 

  • Apply weatherstripping to clean, dry surfaces.
  • Apply in temperatures above -7 degrees C.
  • Always measure the surface before making your final cut.
  • Spread the weatherstripping so it’s taut enough to compress when the door or window is closed.

 

Doors 101:

 

  • Choose a frequently used door or a door that you can feel leaks cold air.    
  • Lay weatherstripping the entire length of the door.
  • Apply the weatherstripping so it is snug enough at the edges.
  • Ensure the thickness — you want it to still be able to close and keep out the cool air.

 

There are many ways to better winterize your home from the cold, and the above cover the basics for your home, windows, and doors. Keep in mind that you don’t have to be the picture of energy efficiency (but you can), but by starting with small, practical things, you can save energy and money.

If you’re interested in the floating residential rates that work so well for our customers or are interested in more energy saving information, reach out to us today.  

 

Seven “Energy Vampires” in Your House

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Olympus Energy’s commitment to savings

While most power companies want to squeeze every last dime they can from their customers, at Olympus Energy we are in the business of saving our customers money.

In order to save money on your electric bill, you have to get out of the mindset that ignorance is bliss. While knowledge is not necessarily power unless you know how to wield it, it is the first step. This blog is designed to give you the knowledge you need to identify the biggest energy wasters in your house. These devices can aptly be called “energy vampires.”

In 2010 Canada led the world — followed closely by the United States — in household electricity consumption. Almost 12,000 kWh/year energy consumption per average household. This was two or three times most household in Europe. And more than 10 times as much as the average Indian household!

The average Edmonton resident can expect to pay around $1,200 dollars a year for electricity. In order to cut down this cost, we believe it’s more important to first cut waste before dipping into energy you actually use. Experts estimate about 35 percent of energy used is actually energy wasted.

Seven “energy vampires” in your house

In 2011, Forbes did an article on the top 26 home energy hogs. We’re going to highlight seven of the most relevant ones to us in 2019.

  1. Notebook Computer
  2. Central Heating Furnace
  3. Cable Modem
  4. Desktop Computer
  5. Computer Speakers
  6. Laser Printer
  7. DSL Modem

So when you’re not using these items, take the time to unplug them. A simple solution would be to plug as many of them onto one power strip as you can. This allows you to easily shut them off and start them back up all at once. The good news is many of the components listed above are likely already in the same room in your house.

Additionally, ensuring your windows are properly shut and installing sufficient insulation. Heating and cooling can take up around 47 percent of your energy usage — so taking care of those things can add up to immense amounts of savings.

Your electricity provider can help you save even more

All this being said, it’s perfectly fine to use the energy you need to live your daily life. However, what you never want to do is waste.

Whether or not you use the knowledge above to cut down on energy waste, the truth is your electricity provider also makes a big difference in how much you end up spending on electricity.

At Olympus Energy we ‘re convinced we can save you money on your electric bill. We invite you to try us out, and if we can’t save you money, just send us your bill. We’ll give you $100 cash for the trouble. We have no contract, no sign-up fees, and no cancellation fees.

Still not convinced we can save you money? We’ll give you a free quote so you can see the difference for yourself.

How to Prepare Your Home For Winter (Part One)

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The colder weather can spike our gas and electric usage, get a grasp on winterizing your Alberta home from the best — your local power company!

 

Even though we’re in the midst of cold weather and watching the thermometer drop, it is not too late to winterize your home for the winter. When you take measures to winterize your home, you lower your energy costs and better retain heat.

 

If saving money on your gas and electric bill seems enticing, Olympus Energy can help you see cumulative money savings just by taking small steps in preparing your home. Join us today for feasible and tangible ways to reduce your energy consumption.

 

Four Basic Tips to Prepare Your Home For Winter (And Lower Your Energy Costs)

 

Where do you even begin when winterizing your home? We’ve touched on ways you can manage your energy usage, and you can take it one step further with preparing your home for the winter weather.

 

Clear your gutters.

 

The fall ushers in an abundance of leaves and they quickly accumulate in your gutters. If left untouched, the clogged gutters may spell trouble for you in the winter. They create what are known as ice dams, and ice dams can leak into your homes roof and not only cause water damage and mold growth but cause your home to leak cold air. Forego the leaf buildup and prevent ice dams when you clean and clear your gutter.

 

Fix or install a programmable thermostat.

 

We’ve mentioned this before, but this is a critical energy and money-saving step that cannot be ignored. The question about it is, is why heat your home at an ambient temperature when you are not home? This is wasting energy and driving up your bill. It has been estimated that you can save up to 10 percent on your heating costs when you properly use a programmable thermostat.

 

The caveat: you have to set it! Not only do you have to program it, but you also have to program it to the recommended temperatures. Reach out to your local energy suppliers for more information.

 

Use ceiling fans to your advantage.

 

Ceiling fans are often installed to keep the temperature cool in the summer, but really, they’re to move air around — warm or cool. In the winter, run your ceiling fan in a clockwise direction to better direct the rising heat back downwards where it can warm people.

 

Check your HVAC filters.

 

If you haven’t changed your filters, now is a great time to do so. A filthy filter restricts air flow, thus wastes more energy. So, especially in the wintertime when you’re running heat more often, check your filters and change them out as needed.

 

The above are just a couple of ways that you can prepare your home for the onslaught of cold weather this winter. To maximize your energy efficiency, watch your habits and make small changes to how you use water, gas, and electric this winter.

 

BONUS TIPS!

 

Energy Saving Tips For the Holidays

 

  • Use LED and fiber optic lights – Both of these lighting options last longer than traditional holiday lights — up to 1000 hours
  • Put your lights on a timer – Cut down your energy usage and put your holiday lights on a timer — after all, they don’t need to be on all night or even during the day.
  • Resist opening and closing your oven when cooking – It’s hard to not want to peek on food, but don’t do it. A single peek can drop the oven temperature by 25 degrees.
  • Batch bake food together where appropriate – If you can bake gingerbread cookies and a side dish at the same time, this is a great way to not only save time but energy.
  • Skip the preheat function if cooking an item longer than an hour – There is no need to preheat the oven if it’s going to be on for a longer time, and similarly, you can turn it off early and it will still continue to cook your food and save energy!

Are you ready for even more tips? Stay tuned for part two!

 

We love being your energy company, partner with us for more weatherization tips!

 

The Hows of Wind Energy

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How you ever been driving down the highway only to see a truck hauling what looks like a giant, skinny airplane wing? Perhaps you know already know what it is. Maybe you don’t. Chances are what you’ve seen being hauled is a windmill blade. While windmills certainly look giant even from a distance, seeing just one of these blades up close can be quite overwhelming. They can be up to 100 feet long! At Olympus Energy we’ve always been fascinated by windmills.

Windmills or wind turbines are impressively gigantic means of harnessing wind power. As an Edmonton power company we have a lot of interest in energy and how it’s produced. In this blog post we are going to look into windmills and they energy they provide.

How do windmills work?

Two of the best things about wind power are the eco-friendliness and the fact that it’s a renewable resource — the earth is constantly producing wind.

Windmills are based upon a simple concept. Wind blows and generates the energy to turn two or three propeller-like blades. The blades are connected with what’s a called a hub to form the rotor. From there the rotor is connected to a gear box, which is then connected to a generator.

Additionally, windmills usually have built in controls to start when the wind reaches a certain speed. They also shutdown when the winds reach high speeds to prevent damage. Windmills even have wind vanes designed to turn toward the wind when it comes from a different direction.

Interesting fact: wind is actually a form of solar energy.

How much does wind energy does Canada use?

Electricity generated from wind powers an average of over 3 million Canadian homes. Wind power gives these homes a means to take part in getting electricity in a clean, reliable, and efficient manner. According to the National Energy Board, wind energy experiences a growth rate of approximately eighteen percent a year, making it the largest source of new energy generation here in Canada.

Canada is currently ranked eighth in the world when it comes to wind energy capacity. Wind energy supplies nearly six percent of Canada’s need for electricity.

How is wind an affordable source of renewable energy?

There are an estimated two hundred thousand wind turbines around the world. These windmills can power up to one hundred million homes. Wind is one of the cheapest means of generating electricity. It’s also a highly unpredictable way of doing it. That’s why power companies have to rely other on means of generating electricity to meet their clients’ needs.

Where does Olympus fit in?

After the electricity is generated, transmitted, and distributed, your power company comes into play. We make sure that your energy — some of which is generated by wind — reaches your home at affordable rates.

At Olympus Energy, we seek to be the most environmentally-conscious energy supplier, while keeping your rates as low as possible. We’re so confident we can save you money, we came up with our $100 challenge. Sign up for our energy services today and see how much we can save you.

 

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

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When you partner with energy suppliers you can get the best rates on gas and electric and valuable tips to help you save money and energy on your utilities.

 

In part one, we shared some energy saving tips that are practical and digestible — you don’t have to make major changes to save energy, it begins with small steps!

 

At Olympus Energy in Alberta, we want to help you better manage your energy consumption. Join us in part two of this series (don’t miss part one here), and learn even more tips to guide you in your energy savings.

 

More Energy Saving Tips!

 

Energy Conservation Tip #7 – Wash only full loads.

 

Whether you’re doing a load of laundry or using the dishwasher, it is imperative to only run full loads. This way you’re avoiding to have to do multiple, smaller loads more frequently and using additional water and energy. 

 

Energy Conservation Tip #8 – Utilize your window blinds and curtains.

 

Window coverings are some of the best, most practical ways to save energy. It’s quite simple: close your blinds and curtains in your home in the summer to keep your home cool, and open them in the daytime to let the warm rays penetrate in the winter months.

 

Energy Conservation Tip #9 – Implement power strips.

 

Instead of using every, single outlet for your electronics, invest in a couple of power strips to better consolidate them — from here you can easily turn it off, to save energy when they are not in use.

 

Energy Conservation Tip #10 – Insulate your heating ducts.

 

This is a common energy hack that is overlooked, but when you think about it, it’s completely practical. Warm air is moving through these ducts, so why not use insulation to keep the heat in? Genius, right?! 20 to 30 percent of heat is lost in leaks and heat travel, so insulating your heating ducts will vastly improve your utility bill.

 

Energy Conservation Tip #11 – Implement low-flow shower heads.

 

Low-flow shower heads are great, and not at all what people expect. They’re not a dribble of water — they are very similar to traditional shower heads, and you may not even be able to tell the difference. Save more water and energy when you make the switch.

 

Energy Conservation Tip #12 – Switch out traditional light bulbs.  

 

If you are still using traditional light bulbs, you are wasting energy. LEDs and CFLs use 20 to 25 percent of the energy that traditional light bulbs do, and, they’ve come a long way. They are no longer stark, institutional-like, and harsh lights, they come in a variety of tones for more of a relaxed and warm feel. 

 

Another reason to ditch the traditional, incandescent light bulb, is 90 percent of their energy is emitted as heat, so that leaves only 10 percent as actual light.

 

Energy Conservation Tip #13 – Install a programmable thermostat

 

If your home doesn’t have a programmable thermostat, now is the time to install one! The more you can manage your home’s temperature, the better you can manage your energy. By decreasing the temperature by just 10 to 15 degrees, you can save up to 15 percent annually.

Energy Conservation Tip #14 – Don’t block radiators or heating vents.

 

Not covering your radiator or heating vents may seem like a no-brainer, but you’d be amazed at how they get blocked. Furniture covers vents and radiators, stifling the heat you need to heat your home. The room then cannot get up to temp, forcing your system to work harder and use more energy. Instead, keep these areas free and clear of furniture and clutter, so you can effectively and efficiently heat your home.  

 

Energy Conservation Tip #13 – Utilize your microwave.

 

People have mixed feelings about the microwave but for reheating food, it can save you a good deal of energy. Instead of using your oven to reheat leftovers, use less energy when you use your microwave.

 

Saving energy is in the little things, so be mindful of when and how long you run water or appliances. As you begin to make small changes, it will greatly lower your energy consumption and save you money on gas and electric.

 

To partner with us and learn even more energy saving tips, connect with us today!

 

   

 

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.    

 

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.