Monthly Archives: May 2014

Meaningful Mother’s Day on a Dime! #CDNmoney Twitter Chat May 6th 7-8pmET

Join #CDNmoney Twitter Chat co-hosts @ChristaClips and @CommonCentsMom for an hour of ideas about Meaningful Mother's Day ideas that won't break the bank!

Join #CDNmoney Twitter Chat co-hosts @ChristaClips and @CommonCentsMom for an hour of ideas about Meaningful Mother’s Day ideas that won’t break the bank!

For this week’s #CDNmoney twitter chat, my co-host @CommonCentsMom and I will be chatting about how to have a Meaningful Mother’s Day on a Dime!

As a way of thanking our faithful chat members, and welcoming new ones, of course, Hollie and I have purchased a meaningful Mother’s Day gift to ship to you on time to wear or share on Mother’s Day coming up on Sunday, May 11th.  

#CDNmoney twitter chat co-hosts Christa Clips and Common Cents Mom have purchased this Meaningful Mother's Day gift to share as a prize for our twitter chat: a Mama's to Mamas Neno World Bracelet.

#CDNmoney twitter chat co-hosts Christa Clips and Common Cents Mom have purchased this Meaningful Mother’s Day gift to share as a prize for our twitter chat: a Mama’s to Mamas Neno World Bracelet.

At the end of our twitter chat, we’ll do a draw (Canadian addresses only for this one) and one lucky member will win a Neno Word Bracelet hand beaded by mothers in the Maasai tribe in Kenya and Tanzania – the purchase of each bracelet raises enough funds for one health clinic visit for a mother and child –  what a great way to honour these women! “Each piece features a hand-cast brass pendant inscribed with the word “Mom” hand-knotted on a nylon cord and accented with two brass pieces. This unique piece also features a pearl attached to the pendant with brass wire.” – Me to We

Maasai women repairing a house in Masai Mara (1996 - photo Wikipedia.org)

Maasai women repairing a house in Masai Mara (1996 – photo Wikipedia.org)

 

So please join Hollie and I as we explore some non-retail ideas to honour the Mother’s in our lives on Mother’s Day this year! See you at the Meaningful Mother’s Day twitter chat on Tuesday, May 6th from 7-8pmET!


 

#CDNmoney is a weekly twitter chat attended by money-mindful and spending-savvy tweeps! Join hosts @CommonCentsMom and @ChristaClips each Tuesday evening from 7-8pm ET on the hashtag #CDNmoney – our members are great about sharing practical tips and tricks for stretching your budget further!

May 1st Hydro Time of Use Changes in Ontario: Save Money on Your Electricity Bill

Hydro Time-of-Use rates change in Ontario on May 1st, 2014. Christa Clips shares easy steps to change your hydro habits to cut your electricity bill.

Hydro Time-of-Use rates change in Ontario on May 1st, 2014. Christa Clips shares easy steps to change your hydro habits to cut your electricity bill.

May 1st marks the change of Ontario Hydro Time-of-Use rates. Are you being savvy about your hydro use by turning OFF your appliances during peak times to save money on your hydro bill?  As part of my Save-at-Home-Mom savings strategy, I make it a priority to adapt my cooking and cleaning routine to stay in the green. These savings tips originally appeared in my guest post on Mrs. January in November, 2013.

The spring/summer Hydro Time-of-Use rates take effect from May1-October 31st in Ontario. Hydro is almost twice as expensive during certain times of the day so it’s worth adapting your household habits to keep your hydro bill as low as possible:

On-Peak

13.5 ¢ / kWh

 Weekdays
 11 am – 5 pm           
             

     
 Mid-Peak

11.2 ¢ / kWh

 Weekdays
 7 am
 – 11 am
5 pm – 7 pm
 
 Off-Peak

7.5 ¢ / kWh

 Weekdays
 7 pm – 7 am
 Weekends
 All Day

Source: HydroOne.com – rates were accurate at the time of this post on May 1, 2014.

Here are some changes that are easy to implement and will make a big impact on your hydro bill if you can do the majority of your cooking, cleaning and use of electronic devices outside of those dreaded RED zones.

Ontario Hydro Time of Use Rates

Showers

Implement a “last call for showers” so that everyone is out of the shower, the exhaust fan can be turned off, and the hot water tank can refill completely by the time the RED zone kicks in at 7am. Shower doors don’t open again until 7pm!

Laundry

If you must do laundry during weekdays instead of during the GREEN zone (weekends), get your load in first thing in the morning and make sure the washing machine and dryer are turned off by 11am. Better yet, try to hang your laundry whenever possible. Check out the printable coupons from Hydro One to save on drying gear!

Electronics

Charge your laptop, cell phones and other electronic devices overnight so that you can unplug and work off of the battery during the day. Recharge if need be during the YELLOW zone and unplug between 11am-5pm if at all possible.

As always, unplug any electronic appliances and devices that aren’t in use – they still draw a small current even when switched off and can add to your monthly hydro bill without your knowledge. Investing in a power bar with a timer is well worth the savings – here’s a printable coupon from Hydro One!

Cooking

If your meal time falls within the RED zones, cook during the GREEN or YELLOW zones and keep food warm on the burner or in the oven until serving time – both take a long time to cool down after you’ve turned them off if you don’t lift the lid or open the oven door.

Dishwasher

Don’t run your dishwasher outside of the 7pm-7am GREEN zone. That is all.

Furnace

Adjust the thermostat when you’re not home. When you are home, get the house to your preferred temperature before the RED zones kick in and then use the fan only to circulate the air until you can top up the heat/cold again when the zones change to YELLOW or GREEN.

Hanging whites outside on a sunny humid day means they get naturally bleached AND the wrinkles fall out on their own!

Hanging laundry outside on a sunny, humid day means the whites bleach naturally AND the wrinkles fall out on their own!

Start small by implementing one or two of these simple changes until you’re in the routine of saving on hydro.

With the Canadian climate, we’re obviously going to have some lighting and heating/cooling costs during the RED zone, but by keeping your cooking, cleaning and use of electronic devices to the GREEN and YELLOW zones, you can save a bundle on your electricity bill.

Hydro One has some great info on their website, click through for more energy saving tips and printable coupons to help you save when updating your light fixtures, light bulbs, power bars, etc.

How have you been trying to save on your Hydro bill? Please add your comments below!