Skip ribbon commands
Skip to main content

​​​​Looking for simple ways to save this summer? Break these thermostat bad habits to lower your energy bill.

1. Trying to cool or heat your home "faster"

Your furnace and air conditioner only works at one speed. If the temperature inside your home is 25°C but you want it to be at 22°C, setting your thermostat to 19°C won't heat or cool your home any faster. In fact, setting your temperature lower than you need makes your unit run longer to reach the lower setting and, ultimately, consume more energy.

2. Leaving your thermostat at the same setting

If you set your thermostat to your ideal temperature and never touch it again, you could be setting yourself up for a hefty energy bill. When leaving your house for 8 hours or longer, adjust your thermostat accordingly. In the summer, turn down the air conditioning by 2–3 °C and reduce it by 5-6°C in the winter.

You can also make your life easi​er by investing in a programmable thermostat, like the Ecobee3, and setting it on a schedule. According to ENERGYSTAR, you can save up to $180 a year in energy costs through proper use of a programmable thermostat. As an added bonus, the Alberta government now offers energy efficiency rebates to homeowners who install programmable thermostats.

3. Frequently changing your thermostat setting

While you want to avoid leaving your thermostat on the same setting day after day, constantly adjusting the temperature causes your furnace and air conditioner to run inefficiently. To cut down on your energy consumption, your heating and cooling units should run for longer stretches of time.

4. Running your air conditioner with the windows open

Opening windows to let in a warm summer breeze? Remember to adjust your air conditioning. The warm air from outside will put your air conditioner into overdrive as it's trying to keep your space a consistent, cool temperature.

Sources: ENERGY STAR, Care2

Want our great tips and tricks delivered to you?

Enter your name and email below and you’ll have all of our great energy saving tricks delivered to your inbox when they become available.


​Read more of our Green Tips & Tricks

View all


​Explore Encor by EPCOR

We offer flexible plans, 125 years of expertise and bundling services to make your life simpler. 100% carefree and 100% built for you.

Encor Energy Plans

100% Carefree. Ready to get started with Encor? Build the perfect plan for all your beautiful moments.

Build Your Plan

Encor's green energy is sourced from 100% Canadian renewable energy projects. Because what's important to you is important to us, too.

Green Energy


Customers are free to purchase natural gas services or electricity services from a retailer of their choice. For a list of retailers, visit or call 310-4822 (toll free in Alberta).