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Tip of the week

Summer = sun! Take advantage of natural sunlight and avoid turning on lights in your home until the sun sets to save energy and money.

Consumer caution!

August 13, 2018

The Government of Canada does not provide rebates
The Government of Canada does not provide rebates or incentives for energy products. If you see a website purporting to represent the Government of Canada and promising rebates, please contact the appropriate provincial or federal consumer protection authorities. Please let us know if they claim to represent ENERGY STAR Canada. Natural Resources Canada does have a  searchable database to locate regional energy product rebates across the country.

How to keep cool in a heatwave

July 16, 2018

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

  • Use an ENERGY STAR® certified smart thermostat. These handy devices learn what temperatures you like best and adjust them when you’re asleep or away to save energy.  You can also change the temperature when you’re not home using your phone.  (Hello smart thermostat - make my house feel like a popsicle, thanks.
  • Install an ENERGY STAR certified room air conditioner – they use less energy than a standard model to save you money.  And bigger is not always better, buying an air conditioner that is too large does not bring cooler air, and it wastes energy too. Check out these tips on how to properly install your new room A/C, because you don’t want to end up with a piece of cardboard in your window.  
  • Be a fan of fans!  Buy an ENERGY STAR certified ceiling fan, which uses 40% less energy than a standard model.  They move more air and use less power, and you can run them in a counterclockwise direction, which pushes the cool air down creating a ‘wind chill’ effect.  Who doesn’t want a wind chill in their living room during a heatwave?
  • A/C – ceiling fan combo:  use your ENERGY STAR certified ceiling fan at the same time as your A/C.   This will let you set your thermostat two degrees higher, which can cut your air conditioning costs by 14 percent!  Teamwork!
  • Replace old, hot incandescent light bulbs with much cooler ENERGY STAR certified LEDs. They also last way longer and cost less to use.  Cool.

Things you can do right now!

  • Use your BBQ so you don’t have to turn on the oven!
  • Clean the filters in your A/C so that your HVAC system is not using extra energy to cool down your house.
  • Keep blinds, curtains & shades in your home closed during the day to avoid overworking your A/C.

If you have any specific cooling questions, drop us a line!  energystar@canada.ca

Congratulations to the winner’s of the 2018 ENERGY STAR Canada Participant Awards

June 5, 2018

The seventeen winners are program participants from across Canada representing utilities, manufacturers, retailers, associations, and homebuilders. A big thank you not only to the winners and the applicants, but to all of our 1,500+ participants who work on a daily basis to help Canadians save energy, save money and save our environment.

Savings splash:  ENERGY STAR pool pump

An ENERGY STAR certified pool pump uses 70% less energy than a standard model.  We have a new infographic to show you how to save money, energy and protect the planet while cooling off this summer.


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