What's good for the planet can be good for your wallet too! Build an
energy-efficient home by following our top 10 easy tips to save energy, and
learn everything you need to know about ENERGY STAR® and other
The WaterSense label on consumer products means they're high-performing, water-efficient devices. Buy a WaterSense showerhead and conserve your community's water supply while saving money on your water bill.
Get a programmable thermostat—it will automatically reduce your heating or cooling when you need it least. The more you know about how much you use, the more you learn how to use less!
Mount insulated curtains on your windows. Not only will you save money on heating costs during those cold Canadian winters, you can also beautify your space with insulated curtains in a variety of colours and styles.
Recycle your cans of paint, compact fluorescent light bulbs, single-use dry cell batteries, and rechargeable batteries at your local Lowe's store.
The average Canadian home has 25 light bulbs and 10% of household energy costs come from lighting! Changing your incandescent bulbs to CFLs or LEDs can save you up to 90% of the energy you use on lighting. You'll be replacing them less frequently, too: the average CFL bulb lasts 10 times longer than an incandescent bulb while an LED may not need to be replaced for up to 20 years. If everyone in Canada replaced incandescent with CFL bulbs, the country would save $73 million in energy costs per year!
Heating and cooling filters trap dust and dirt so they don't reduce a blower's air flow. But if your filter is clogged, the system will have to use more energy to function. Replace your filter regularly to keep your heating and cooling systems running well.
Keep hot air and cold air right where you want them! Whether it's winter or summer, you don't want to waste energy — and money — keeping your HVAC systems running. Seal your windows and doors tight with weather stripping!
Foam insulation forms a seamless barrier along roofs, walls, and around corners, flawlessly sealing gaps and resisting moisture and vapour. Reduce unwanted airflow and temperature change with proper insulation!
A dripping faucet can waste as much as 833 litres of water per month. Simply installing an aerating-flow faucet in your kitchen or bathroom will substantially reduce water consumption.
Some of the most harmful chemicals found in paint are volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, which are toxic. Use paints that contain low or no VOCs and a non-harmful drying agent instead. They use water as a carrier instead of petroleum-based solvents.
The ENERGY STAR® label is an easy way for you to identify what products are energy efficient.
It means you don't need to wade through complicated specifications to find the best product; the
government has done the hard work for you. Appliances, building products, lighting, electronics, heating
and cooling equipment and other products with the blue ENERGY STAR® logo have met strict energy
efficiency criteria to qualify for the designation.
It's your guarantee that the product you're buying saves energy, saves money, and helps protect the
environment. The ENERGY STAR® label is also often used by manufacturers, utilities and the government to
grant rebates and tax credits.