With the way fuel and energy prices have been climbing over the past few months, it’s no surprise electricity rates are following suit, says an energy conservation expert.
“Sooner or later, it’ll catch up with fuels for electricity as well,” said Allan Crandlemire, executive director of Conserve Nova Scotia.
Nova Scotia Power Inc. announced Tuesday the utility is applying to raise electricity rates 12 per cent by the beginning of next year.
But Crandlemire says there are a number of ways power customers can reduce their energy consumption and in turn, their electricity bill.
He said it’s a myth that powering down appliances, electric heat or air conditioning when not in use actually uses more energy to re-start.
The single best thing people can do to conserve energy in their homes, he said, is unplug and turn off appliances.
“If you’re going to be away for any longer than a commercial break, it’s worth it to turn it off,” he said.
Keeping the television running in the background uses a lot of energy and leaving computers powered up all the time is a waste, he said.
“All you’re doing is stopping and thinking and making a smart choice,” he said.
Even leaving your cellphone charger plugged into the wall when it’s not charging your phone uses electricity.
The “phantom” energy that we use every day adds up, Crandlemire said.