Spotlight on energy efficiency

The latest news and tips on energy efficiency for your home, your business, your community, and everything in between. Helping you save energy one story at a time - powered by the Office of Energy Efficiency.

Get your A+ in energy efficiency this school year!

Hot weather and long, relaxing days are coming to an end… it’s Back-to-School! Your kids might not be ready to go back into routine and good habits, but this can mean serious energy saving opportunities for your home.

Why many Canadians have it all wrong when it comes to staying cool in the summer

The temperature is rising, but that shouldn’t mean rising utility bills. It might be tempting to just blast the old A/C, but it’s better to create new low and no-cost habits that will stick and help you save in the long run. These little gems will help keep your home cool and comfortable, all while saving energy:

It's lights out for halogens in Europe…

Halogen lightbulbs are now banned across Europe, replaced by more energy efficient bulbs. Retailers are permitted to sell off existing stock, and consumers can still use their halogen bulbs until they run out; but as of September 1st, 2018, retailers have only been able to restock with more energy efficient alternatives, such as LEDs.

How to Recognize Energy Scams

Knock, knock. Who's there? Not ENERGY STAR Canada, that's for sure. In fact, if someone is at your door without your invitation, and wants to talk to you about thermostats, water heaters, furnaces, or even replacement windows, it's not your utility or any other government representative either. Most likely, the person at the door is a scammer, and unfortunately, they'll say anything to get your money.

Improving energy performance in water heaters

The Government of Canada is committed to market transformation initiatives to improve the energy performance of water heating appliances. Water heaters currently account for 19% of the energy used in the average Canadian home. Natural Resources Canada is leading these initiatives with field studies to test new heat pump water heater technology.