Energy Efficiency Publications
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ENERGY STAR GUIDE FOR COMMERCIAL KITCHENS (MAX 50) SPOT THE SAVINGS OPPORTUNITIES WITH ENERGY STAR QUALIFIED EQUIPMENT
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This guide will help purchasers and operators of food services equipment make well-informed decisions to achieve lower energy and water bills. It was written with the hospitality, institutional and retail sectors in mind.
MAJOR APPLIANCES (FACT SHEET) (MAX 20) UPDATED JANUARY 2012
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Major appliances are one of the biggest energy users in a typical Canadian home. That's why Canadians are looking for the ENERGY STAR symbol when shopping for new appliances. They look for the ENERGY STAR symbol to identify energy-efficient products.
AIR CONDITIONING YOUR HOME (MAX 20)
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Learn all there is to know about air-conditioning for your home to help you make appropriate choices. In this publication, we describe air-conditioning equipment and talk about the different installations to choose from and the maintenance of an air-conditioning system.
ALL ABOUT GAS FIREPLACES (MAX 20)
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This booklet explains what you should look for in a safe, energy-efficient gas fireplace as well as the problems that can be encountered with certain technologies. By spending a few minutes reading this now, you can save yourself money down the road in reduced energy costs, both for operating the fireplace and for heating your home, while enjoying the benefits of an attractive fire. The information in this booklet applies to both natural gas and propane fireplaces. Many manufacturers sell the same basic fireplace for both fuels, with only minor changes to the burner system.
HEAT RECOVERY VENTILATORS (MAX 20)
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This booklet discusses the need for mechanical ventilation in homes. It also explains the components of an HRV system, how to operate and maintain the system, and how to solve operating problems. You will find this information useful, whether you occupy a home with an HRV or plan to have one installed.
HEATING WITH ELECTRICITY (MAX 50)
This booklet will undoubtedly help you in your decision-making process, whether you are installing a electrical heating system in a new home, replacing a system in an existing home, or simply considering upgrading your present system.
HEATING WITH GAS (MAX 20)
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One of the most important projects you will undertake as a homeowner is choosing, changing or upgrading your heating system. This guide describes gas as a heating option, the types of heat distribution systems, how to get the most out of your heating system, using the EnerGuide rating for natural gas and propane furnaces, what to consider when purchasing a furnace and how to calculate your projected heating costs.
HEATING AND COOLING WITH A HEAT PUMP
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Heat pumps are efficient heating and cooling systems that can reduce your energy costs. This booklet describes common types of heat pumps and discusses factors to consider when choosing, installing, operating and maintaining your heat pump.
WATER HEATER GUIDE (MAX 20)
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This guide will help you in two ways: to select the right type of water heater and to improve the performance and efficiency of your existing water heating system. Take control of your hot water heating costs by making informed decisions that will save money and improve the environment at the same time.
BRING ENERGY SAVINGS TO YOUR HOME ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM (MAX 20)
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This guide describes how home entertainment systems use and waste energy. Consumers can find tips and examples to help them operate their televisions, audio-visual equipment, set-top boxes and other electronic devices at optimal efficiency, thus reducing costs and helping to lower harmful greenhouse gas emissions.
ENERGY STAR QUALIFIED WINDOWS DOORS AND SKYLIGHTS (FEBRUARY 2015) (FACT SHEET)
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This two-pager offers a good overview of ENERGY STAR qualified fenestration products in Canada: how products qualify, how energy performance is measured, and the cost and environmental benefits.
ENLIGHTEN YOURSELF ABOUT ENERGY-EFFICIENT LIGHT BULBS!
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This factsheet provides information on the various energy-efficient lighting options that are available to consumers. It will help consumers choose the correct light bulbs for their specific lighting needs.
Lighting Reference Guide
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This lighting guide was developed to provide lighting technology information to people who are involved in purchasing, designing and implementing lighting systems, such as project managers, purchasers, building maintenance personnel, contractors and plant engineers. Whether you are looking to retrofit or design new installations, this guide will provide basic lighting technology information and help you choose energy-efficient solutions. It describes different technologies available on the market, with details on performance and applications. It also contains practical applications and worksheets to help calculate life cycles and paybacks on investments.
NRCAN REMINDER - IMPORTING REGULATED ENERGY - USING PRODUCTS (MAX 20)
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The reminder card is a list of regulated energy-using products and importing requirements.
STANDBY POWER WHEN OFF MEANS ON (MAX 20)
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This guide explains what standby power is and how to reduce the energy used by electronic equipment, and therefore reduce costs and help lower greenhouse gas emissions.
ENERGY STAR® Certified New Homes (BROCHURE)
Learn how one family’s living experience became more enjoyable after buying an ENERGY STAR® certified home. The “ENERGY STAR® Certified New Homes” brochure will teach you about the features that may increase the comfort of your home while protecting the environment.
A HOUSE THAT SAVES (PAMPHLET)
Learn how to start saving in just three steps while improving your comfort and living environment. “A House That Saves” explores the benefits of obtaining an EnerGuide home evaluation and helps you understand the value of energy efficiency to help make the right choices for you, your community and the planet.
ENERGY EFFICIENT NEW HOMES – CHOOSE THE RIGHT BUILDER
When building an energy-efficient home, choose a builder who knows the latest in construction techniques, energy efficiency features and environmentally friendly materials that can be used in your home. With this brochure you can learn more about the ENERGY STAR for New Homes and R-2000 home initiatives and the important role of builders participating in these initiatives.
FIX THE HOLE IN YOUR WALL POSTER
Add up the cracks, gaps and other openings in your home and chances are that it has a total air leakage area that's about the size of the circle on this poster. The “Fix the Hole in your Wall” poster demonstrates the importance of air leakage control for saving energy and increasing comfort of your home.
ENERGY-EFFICIENT HOMES – GIVE YOURSELF A BETTER HOME (POSTER)
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Discover the top benefits of energy-efficient homes through this poster. “Give Yourself a Better Home” highlights core information about Natural Resources Canada’s three energy efficient housing initiatives: EnerGuide home evaluations, ENERGY STAR qualified homes and R-2000 certified homes.
AN ENERGUIDE HOME EVALUATION: THE FIRST STEP IN SMART RENOVATIONS (POSTER)
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Why is an EnerGuide home evaluation the first step of a smart renovation? This poster highlights steps you can take to find out how an energy efficiency check-up can improve the comfort of your home and save on utility bills.
ENERGY-EFFICIENT NEW HOMES – R-2000 HOMES ARE IN A CLASS OF THEIR OWN (POSTER)
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Reputation is everything and R-2000 homes certainly live up to theirs. With this poster, homebuyers will learn more about the key benefits this best-in-class energy efficiency label has to offer.
BUILDING AN ENERGY EFFICIENT HOME 10 QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR BUILDER (PAMPHLET)
Building a home? “10 Questions to Ask Your Builder” provides you with informative answers that can help guide you through your research when looking to build your energy-efficient new home.
ECOENERGY A NEW HOUSE THAT SAVES (PAMPHLET) (MAX 50)
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Moving into your home should be the experience of a lifetime; with “A New House that Saves,” learn about how an energy evaluation can help you get a more efficient home before it is built. By choosing energy efficient options, you will also be making a choice to help protect the environment. By using less energy, you reduce the greenhouse gas emissions your home produces that contribute to climate change.
ENERGY-EFFICIENT NEW HOMES R-2000 EXPECT MORE FROM YOUR HOME
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What sets an R-2000 home apart? Read this brochure to learn about what separates R-2000 homes from other homes on the market. Expect more from an R-2000 certified home; a home that saves energy, is more comfortable and healthier to live in, and is more environmentally friendly.
A GRANDER VIEW OF THE FUTURE: A CASE STUDY OF ENERMODAL ENGINEERING'S NEW BUILDING (2012)
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Natural Resources Canada’s ecoENERGY Efficiency for Buildings celebrates the success of a company that has risen to the challenge of creating a sustainable built environment.
ECOENERGY EFFICIENCY FOR BUILDINGS: NATIONAL ENERGY CODE OF CANADA FOR BUILDINGS 2011 (2012)
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An overview of the National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings 2011.
ECOENERGY EFFICIENCY FOR BUILDINGS: BENCHMARKING TOOLS (2012)
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An overview of Natural Resources Canada’s benchmarking initiative.
ECOENERGY EFFICIENCY FOR BUILDINGS: BUILDING COMMISSIONING AND RECOMMISSIONING (2012)
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An overview of commissioning and recommissioning.
ENERGY PERFORMANCE CONTRACTING: GUIDE FOR FEDERAL BUILDINGS (2013)
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This guide will help you plan and implement an energy performance contract. After reading it, you will be familiar with how an energy performance contract works, the factors that must be present before implementation and the typical issues that can arise during a contract’s life cycle. The role of energy service companies will also be explained, and guidance will be provided on establishing and managing a mutually satisfactory arrangement.
FEDERAL BUILDINGS INITIATIVE (2012)
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An overview of the Federal Buildings Initiative.
IMPLEMENTING AN ENERGY EFFICIENCY AWARENESS PROGRAM (2012)
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This guide describes a step-by-step approach for developing an effective Energy Efficiency Awareness Program. You can implement the guide in its entirety or implement only certain concepts, practices or elements. Whether you undertake this approach in-house or hire an energy consultant to assist you, this guide will help you implement a program tailored to the needs of your organization, regardless of size or type.
CANADIAN CEMENT INDUSTRY ENERGY BENCHMARKING SUMMARY REPORT (MAX 50)
With support from Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), the Cement Association of Canada (CAC) commissioned an energy benchmarking study of Canada's Portland grey cement industry in 2007. This analysis of energy efficiency performance in the cement sector represents a broad and comprehensive review of energy management practices, technical practices and overall energy efficiency performance. This report summarizes the outcomes of the CAC study and is based on a more comprehensive consultant's report.
CASE STUDY - ENERGY EFFICENCY IN THE PRODUCTION OF WOOD SHAVING - RIP-OBEC INC (MAX 25)
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In 2004, with help from the Industrial Energy Audit Incentive, Rip-O-Bec inc., a manufacturer of wood shavings for animal bedding, had an energy audit done of its plant in Saint-Apollinaire, Quebec.
CIPEC -STEEL BENCHMARKING ENERGY INTENSITY IN THE CANADIAN STEEL INDUSTRY (MAX 25)
This study provides background information on energy use in Canada's steel sector, describes the methodology used to develop and apply energy-intensity benchmarks and to establish technology penetration. It also identifies the potential areas for energy savings based on the comparison of sector performance to the international technology-based benchmark level.
CIPEC ENERGY MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS ACHIEVING IMPROVED ENERGY EFFICIENCY A HANDBOOK FOR MANAGERS ENGINEERS AND OPERATIONAL STAFF (MAX 25)
Written for all levels of management and operational staff, this handbook aims to give a structured and practical understanding of an Energy Management Information System (EMIS) and to serve as an instruction guide for its implementation. The EMIS handbook can be an integral part of a company's Energy Management Program (EMP) because it covers all aspects of an EMIS - including metering, data collection, data analysis, reporting and cost/benefit analyses.
CIPEC-CASE STUDY KRUGER LASALLE ENERGY EFFICIENCY IN THE PRODUCTION OF CORRUGAGATED CARDBOARD PACKAGING (MAX 25)
Kruger's commitment to fostering the environmentally friendly use of natural resources and its LaSalle plant's determination to increase the energy efficiency of its operations by improving the performance of its compressed air system ensured the successful outcome of its energy audit.
ECOENERGY - TEAM UP FOR ENERGY SAVINGS (MAX 50)
A crucial part of a successful energy management program is getting your employees on board. Much of your organization's success will depend on your employees' awareness and understanding of energy efficiency and their investment in helping you achieve your energy management goals.
ENERGUIDE FOR INDUSTRY TECHNICAL FACT SHEET CANMOST CANADIAN MOTOR SELECTION TOOL (MAX 50)
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Analysing the costs and benefits of different industrial motors can be a daunting task. The Canadian Motor Selection Tool - CanMOST - makes the job simpler.
ENERGY EFFICIENCY OPPORTUNITIES IN THE CANADIAN RUBBER INDUSTRY
A collaborative effort of the Rubber Association of Canada, Natural Resources Canada's Office of Energy Efficiency and CIPEC, this guide provides rubber product manufacturers with information on identifying energy efficiency opportunities for their facilities and processes, shows how to reduce energy costs, and provides a list of questions that can be used in an energy audit.
ENERGY PERFORMANCE INDICATOR REPORT: FLUID MILK PLANTS PREPARED FOR THE NATIONAL DAIRY COUNCIL OF CANADA (MAX 25)
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The study focused on fluid milk processing facilities, including the energy required to transform raw milk into an array of products. The analysis began with raw milk being delivered from the farms to the plants silos and ending with shipment.
GUIDE TO ENERGY EFFICIENCY OPPORTUNITIES IN THE CANADIAN PLASTICS PROCESSING INDUSTRY (MAX 25)
This guide will help plastics manufacturers identify equipment, auxiliary systems and process improvements that will reduce productions costs, improve their competitive position, reduce pollution, and conserve energy, water and other resources. The significant thermoplastic processes that are discussed include profile extrusion, thermoplastic-injection moulding, flat film or sheet extrusion, blow-film extrusion, and blow moulding. The two thermoset processes discussed are compression moulding of thermoset plastic and foam moulding.
GUIDE TO ENERGY EFFICIENCY OPPORTUNITIES IN THE CANADIAN BREWING INDUSTRY
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Energy Efficiency Opportunities in the Canadian Brewing Industry is a joint project of the Brewers Association of Canada (BAC) and Natural Resources Canada (NRCan). It is a revised and updated second edition of the original with the same title produced by Lom & Associates Inc., released in 1998 and reprinted in 2003.
The purpose of this new version is to recognize the current activities undertaken by the Canadian Brewing Industry and individual companies of all sizes with regard to energy use, greenhouse gas reductions and the conservation of water. It identifies opportunities for improvements in these areas together with current data from Canada and abroad.
STEAM AND CONDENSATE PIPING SYSTEMS TEAM UP FOR ENERGY SAVINGS
Use this fact sheet as part of your Employee Awareness Program to encourage employees to team up and spot ways to reduce the energy used by your steam and condensate piping systems.
TEAM UP FOR ENERGY SAVINGS (POSTER) MAX 25
Use the general Employee Awareness Program team poster to help keep your company's energy efficiency program at the forefront. The 11" x 17" format can be displayed on bulletin boards, walls, hallways, in lunchrooms and training rooms.
Statistics & Analysis
Energy Efficiency Trends in Canada, 1990 to 2015
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This report tracks trends in energy efficiency and delivers on Canada's commitment to provide a comprehensive summary of secondary energy use and related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Canada.
2011 SURVEY OF HOUSEHOLD ENERGY USE (SHEU-2011) – DETAILED STATISTICAL REPORT
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This detailed statistical report presents the data collected through SHEU-2011 as a general overview of household energy use in Canada.
SURVEY OF COMMERCIAL AND INSTITUTIONAL ENERGY USE (SCIEU) - BUILDINGS 2009, DETAILED STATISTICAL REPORT
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The objective of this buildings-based survey is to establish baseline energy consumption figures against which new policies and programs geared toward energy efficiency in commercial and institutional buildings can be measured. The buildings-based component of the SCIEU collects building characteristics and energy consumption estimates by building type and by climate zone.
SURVEY OF COMMERCIAL AND INSTITUTIONAL ENERGY USE (SCIEU) - BUILDINGS 2009, SUMMARY REPORT
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This summary report presents an analysis of the SCIEU - Buildings 2009 data
SURVEY OF COMMERCIAL AND INSTITUTIONAL ENERGY USE (SCIEU) - ESTABLISHMENTS 2009, SUMMARY REPORT
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This report examines energy consumption and energy intensity of establishments in the commercial and institutional sector for the reference year 2009.
ENERGY CONSUMPTION OF MAJOR HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCES SHIPPED IN CANADA, TRENDS FOR 1990–2011
This summary report outlines changes in the energy use and distribution of the six major household appliance categories and expands on the methodology and history of the analysis of the data from 1990 to 2011.
INDUSTRIAL CONSUMPTION OF ENERGY (ICE) SURVEY - SUMMARY REPORT OF ENERGY USE IN THE CANADIAN MANUFACTURING SECTOR, 1995-2011
This summary report shows how and where the Canadian Manufacturing sector uses energy and gives readers some context with which to interpret the energy use data.
ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND CANADA’S NET-ZERO FUTURE: REPORT TO PARLIAMENT UNDER THE ENERGY EFFICIENCY ACT, 2020–2021
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The twenty-seventh annual report under the Energy Efficiency Act provides highlights of actions taken by the Government of Canada in 2020-21 to advance energy efficiency in homes, buildings, industry and transportation, as well as to increase uptake of alternative fuels in transportation and to green government operations. Through a range of initiatives, the Government of Canada is delivering on its strengthened climate commitments through energy efficiency and clean fuels. Previous years’ reports can be found at publications.gc.ca.
ENERGY EFFICIENCY IN CANADA – ENABLING CANADA’S CLEAN ENERGY FUTURE: REPORT TO PARLIAMENT UNDER THE ENERGY EFFICIENCY ACT, 2019–2020
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The twenty-sixth annual report under the Energy Efficiency Act provides highlights of action taken by the Government of Canada in 2019-20 to advance energy efficiency in homes, buildings, industry and transportation, as well as to increase uptake of alternative fuels in transportation and to green government operations. This year’s report also includes a comparison of Canada’s energy efficiency standards with those of other jurisdictions including the U.S., Mexico and several provinces, last presented in 2016-17. Through a range of initiatives, the Government of Canada is delivering progress on strengthened climate commitments through energy efficiency and clean fuels. Previous years’ reports can be found at publications.gc.ca.
SMARTER ENERGY USE IN CANADA: REPORT TO PARLIAMENT UNDER THE ENERGY EFFICIENCY ACT, 2018–2019
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The twenty-fifth annual report under the Energy Efficiency Act provides highlights of actions taken by Natural Resources Canada in 2018–2019 to regulate energy-using products and to promote energy efficiency and the use of alternative energy sources. Previous years’ reports can be found at publications.gc.ca.
ENERGY EFFICIENCY IN CANADA: REPORT TO PARLIAMENT UNDER THE ENERGY EFFICIENCY ACT, 2017-2018
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The twenty-fourth annual report under the Energy Efficiency Act summarizes the actions taken by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) in 2017-2018 to promote energy efficiency and the use of alternative energy sources.
ENERGY EFFICIENCY UPDATE 2013 Energy Efficiency: Taking a Balanced Approach
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This report summarizes the actions taken over the last year since Energy Ministers agreed to continue collaboration on energy efficiency, including the implementation of the 2011 building code and continuing the momentum of home energy retrofit programs.
ENERGY STAR® IN CANADA ANNUAL REPORT 2011-2012
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This first ENERGY STAR Annual Report describes the success of Participants in promoting ENERGY STAR and energy efficiency, which contribute to substantial benefits for Canada in terms of saving energy, saving money and avoiding greenhouse gases.
IMPROVING ENERGY PERFORMANCE IN CANADA: REPORT TO PARLIAMENT UNDER THE ENERGY EFFICIENCY ACT, 2016-2017
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The twenty-third report under the Energy Efficiency Act summarizes the actions taken by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) in 2016-2017 to help improve Canada's energy efficiency and use of alternative fuels. Through its various programs, regulations and initiatives, NRCan continues to assist industry, individuals, and governments across Canada increase their energy efficiency and develop and deploy alternative energy sources as ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve the Canadian economy, toward a low-carbon, clean growth economy.
MOVING FORWARD ON ENERGY EFFICIENCY IN CANADA: Achieving Results to 2020 and Beyond
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Since 2007, federal, provincial and territorial partners have made tremendous progress toward greater collaboration and shared best practices with the goal of improving the efficiency of energy use in all sectors across the country. The impact of these efforts was detailed in Moving Forward on Energy Efficiency in Canada: Achieving Results to 2020 and Beyond, endorsed at EMMC 2012.
Winter driving tips
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A driver’s decisions in different weather conditions can affect fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions. By following these tips, you can reduce the impact of winter weather on your fuel consumption.
Choosing a fuel-efficient vehicle
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Fuel use is an ongoing expense and should be considered when purchasing or leasing a vehicle. Factoring fuel consumption into your buying decision can save you money for as many years as you own your vehicle.
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Innovative technologies deliver fuel savings and emissions reductions without compromising performance. Cylinder deactivation, turbochargers and stop-start technology are just a few examples to consider when purchasing your next vehicle.
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