Reducing your energy use saves you money on your utility bill and benefits the environment by decreasing greenhouse gas emissions.


  • Replace your light bulbs with Energy Star certified compact fluorescent light bulbs. These use 75 per cent less energy and last ten times longer than an incandescent bulb.
  • Turn off lights when leaving a room. Install motion-sensitive or solar powered lights outside instead of leaving your lights on all night.
  • Use natural lighting when possible.


  • Don’t leave televisions, computers and other electronics on when not in use.
  • Unplug electronics and kitchen appliances when not in use. When plugged in, these are still using electricity and costing you money. This is known as a phantom load.
  • Purchase Energy Star External certified appliances.  

Other energy saving tips

  • Have an energy-audit completed on your home.
  • Install a programmable thermostat to better monitor the temperature in your home. Only use the furnace when it is necessary.
  • Check your house for leaks to the outside. Ensure doors and windows are firmly sealed.
  • Reduce your water use in general and hot water in particular. Hot water requires energy to heat it.
  • Reduce the amount of waste you produce. Processing waste requires a lot of energy. Remember - Reuse, Reduce, Recycle!
  • Consider leaving your vehicle at home and exploring other transportation options.

Visit Natural Resources Canada’s Office of Energy Efficiency External for more energy saving tips!