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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.

Use your dishwasher more efficiently for big savings

Thought you were being efficient by washing your dishes by hand? Think again! Washing your dishes by hand, especially with hot water, wastes water, energy and time. Learn how to use your dishwasher more efficiently to optimize savings in your kitchen.

Buying energy-efficient windows in four easy steps

You’ve sealed, caulked and weather-stripped your windows, but they’re still no good. You know what that means... It’s time to stop letting warm air and your hard-earned money leak out the windows! Trust me, we get it… buying new windows can be stressful. This is why we’ve created this easy-to-follow guide to help you choose the perfect windows for your home in 4 simple steps.

The best gifts do great things

These days, what’s trendy can change so quickly that it can be hard to decide what to give family and friends at the holidays. Luckily, savings are always in style. With our green holiday gift guide, you can give a gift that truly keeps on giving!

Think your café is eco-friendly? Think again!

You shop local and fair-trade, you’ve limited the use of disposable cups, you encourage customers to bring their own reusable cups, but you’re missing one thing… the little blue star!

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:

How to keep cool in a heatwave

Rising temperatures shouldn’t mean rising bills too. Stay cool during a heatwave while keeping your energy bills low with these ENERGY STAR Canada tips!

Not your average calculator – Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator

Ever tried to spell words upside down on your calculator in math class? You can do even cooler tricks with NRCan’s new Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator!

Five tips to fight allergy season

For millions of Canadians, allergy season is in full swing. While there might not be much you can do to control the pollen outside, we've got some tips to help you beat allergy season inside your home.

Are you afraid of the dark?

You may be afraid of the dark, but your house is not. Get over your fear of the Boogeyman to help save energy in your home with these ENERGY STAR Canada tips!

Students! Teach Your Parents How to Save Energy

This Earth Day, celebrate by teaching your parents about how to save energy at home. Use these tips to help your parents be a “STAR” for the environment, just like you.

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.

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