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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.

Broke the bank during the holidays? Save money with these tips!

The holidays are not cheap, we know! Is your bank account still recovering from all of your expenses? Don’t panic, we have low cost tips to help you save energy and recover financially this New Year.

Guide to an energy-efficient holiday season

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – and the most expensive! Make this season holly, jolly and energy-efficient without breaking the bank.

Winter is coming: top tips to heat your home for less

Don’t let the winter blues get you down this year. Keep your spirits high, your bills low and your home warm this season with these toasty tips.

Green gift guide to Black Friday deals

Are you stuck debating between getting someone socks or another gift card? Figuring out the perfect holiday gifts can be a struggle. This Black Friday, why not look for great deals on gifts your loved ones will actually enjoy and benefit from all year round – energy-efficient products.

Is your thermostat smart enough?

3 reasons why smart thermostats are better for you and your home.

Scare the phantom power out of your home

Has your utility bill been giving you a fright? Phantom power, or standby power, can increase your home energy costs without you even knowing. And it’s more common than you think! Luckily, we have some tips to help you better control your energy use.

Win-win-winter this year: stay warm AND save money

Home heating bills can take a big bite out of your monthly budget! Luckily there is a way to reduce them! Stay warm and save energy this winter with ENERGY STAR certified heating equipment.

What’s a heat/energy recovery ventilator and why do I need one?

Want to keep the air in your home fresh while improving your home's heating efficiency? Look no further than a heat/energy recovery ventilator (H/ERV). Learn about the many benefits of investing in an H/ERV to keep your home comfortable and help you save on utility bills.

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.

Choosing 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!

Back to school with energy savings

It’s that time of year again… back to school. Whether it’s back to grade school or university set your kids up with energy savings!

How to stay cool all summer

Staying cool on hot summer days can be tough on your wallet. Here are some energy-efficient, low-cost summer tips to help you keep your home comfortable and your utility bills under control.

Not your average calculator – Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator

Understanding how the energy you consume translates into greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions can be confusing, which is where the Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator comes in. Crunch the numbers and get a better sense of your carbon footprint.

Simple tips for brighter savings

Lights are a big part of our lives, so might as well use them as efficiently as possible. It’s a bright idea and as easy as flicking a switch!

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.

Guide to residential water heaters

Last in line to take your shower, again, and there’s no more hot water? This is one reason you might start thinking about a new water heater. With many options to choose from, it’s important to learn and understand the benefits of different systems.

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.

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