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Save Energy, Save Money

Top 10 Energy Saving Tips Top 10 Energy Saving Tips

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 energy-saving products.

1

Save Water

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.

Save Water Save Water

2

Heat and Cool Efficiently

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!

Heat and Cool Efficiently Heat and Cool Efficiently

3

Keep The
Cool Out

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.

Keep The Cool Out Keep The Cool Out

4

Recycle

Recycle your cans of paint, compact fluorescent light bulbs, single-use dry cell batteries, and rechargeable batteries at your local Lowe's store.

Recycle Recycle

5

Replace

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!

Replace Replace

6

Change
Filters

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.

Change Filters Change Filters

7

Install
Weather
Stripping

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!

Install Weather Stripping Install Weather Stripping

8

Use Foam

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!

Use Foam Use Foam

9

Prevent Leaky Faucets

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.

Prevent Leaky Faucets Prevent Leaky Faucets

10

Look For
Low VOC Paint

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
petroleum-based solvents.

Look For Low VOC Paint Look For Low VOC Paint

How Much Will I Save?Save?

Want to lower your electric bill? Consider replacing
an old appliance with an
ENERGY STAR® dishwasher, laundry
machine, or furnace.

ENERGY STAR® Dishwasher, Washer, Dryer, Furnace ENERGY STAR® Dishwasher, Washer, Dryer, Furnace

What a dishwasher will save
you each year compared
to
a model built before 1994.

Amount an ENERGY STAR®
washer will save you each
year compared to a regular
new washer.

What an ENERGY STAR®
dryer will save you each
year
compared to a regular new
dryer.

Amount an ENERGY STAR®
furnace will save you per
year
versus a new standard furnace.

What is Energy Star®?

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.

ENERGY STAR®

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.

ENERGY STAR®

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