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Energy Efficiency Quick Facts

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

Energy Conservation

  • 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.