Facts for the Home
- Energy Use: Heating is 60%; water heating is 20%; appliances are 10%; lighting is 5%; space cooling is 5%.
- Furnaces serviced by HVAC pros once a year can improve its efficiency by up to 20%
- Weatherstripping around doors and windows can reduce heating and cooling needs by up to 20%.
- Up to 25% of heat loss is through windows, plastic window covers can help reduce drafts
- 20% of the heat escapes each time a heated oven has its door opened
- 85 to 90% of energy used to wash clothes goes to heating water
- Hot water that drips for a month could fill 16 bathtubs (about 3,600 litres)
- Air-drying dishes in dishwasher can cut a dishwasher’s energy consumption by 50%.
- Using lids while cooking reduces energy consumption by up to 14%
Facts for Consumers
- ENERGY STAR refrigerators are 20% more efficient than non-qualified models.
- Microwaves use 50% less electricity than stoves.
- ENERGY STAR CFL light bulbs use up to 75% less electricity than incandescent bulbs.
- LEDs can last up to 30 times longer than incandescent bulbs.
- Front loading washing machines us about 40% less water and about 50% less energy than top loading.
CEEA Energy Efficiency Survey Highlights
- More than half of Canadians (58%) said they are doing some things to conserve energy, but will likely do more.
- Just over one-third of Canadians said they have done a great deal to conserve energy in the last year. (They’re strong conservers.)
- When asked what the benefits of conserving their energy would be, 86% of Canadians said saving money; 49% said helping the environment. However, environmental concern – being motivated to make changes for the environment, is strongly associated with conservation efforts.
- One third of Canadians said they haven’t done more to conserve energy because of cost.
- Only one-quarter of Canadians have had an energy audit done, or participated in a rebate program.
- Few Canadians are able to reduce their reliance on the car, despite the obvious benefit they see.
- 81% of Canadians said that developing technologies that reduce energy consumption is very important.
- The Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance
- CEEA’S Energy Efficiency Survey
- Direct Energy
- Efficient Windows Collaborative
- Enbridge Gas
- Energy Savers
- Energy Star
- Green Globes
- Manitoba Hydro
- Naima Canada
- Natural Resources Canada
- Sask Energy
- Union Gas
- US Department of Energy