What's good for the planet can
be good for your wallet too!
Build an energy-efficient home
following our top 10 easy tips
to save energy, and learn
everything you need to know
ENERGY STAR® and other energy-saving products.
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.
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 low VOC paints
that contain low
or no VOCs and a
non-harmful drying agent instead. They use water as a carrier instead of
What a dishwasher will save
you each year compared
a model built before 1994.
Amount an ENERGY STAR®
washer will save you each
year compared to a regular
What an ENERGY STAR®
dryer will save you each
compared to a regular new
Amount an ENERGY STAR®
furnace will save you per
versus a new standard furnace.
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
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