Heating and cooling account for about 56% of the energy use in a typical Canadian home, making it the largest energy expense for most homes. This provides a big opportunity for energy savings. A wide variety of technologies are available for heating and cooling your home, and they achieve a wide range of efficiencies in converting their energy sources into useful heat or cool air for your home. In addition, many heating and cooling systems have certain supporting equipment in common, such as thermostats and ducts, which provide opportunities for saving energy.
You can reduce your home's heating and cooling costs and realize energy savings through proper insulation and air sealing techniques. These techniques will also make your home more comfortable.
Any air sealing efforts will complement your insulation efforts, and vice versa. Proper moisture control and ventilation strategies will improve the effectiveness of air sealing and insulation, and vice versa.
Water heating can account for 14%–25% of the energy consumed in your home. This is another opportunity for energy savings. You can reduce your monthly water heating bills by selecting the appropriate water heater for your home and by using some energy-efficient water heating strategies.
Energy-efficient windows, doors, and skylights can help lower a home's heating, cooling, and lighting costs and compound energy savings. Proper installation of windows and doors is critical to maximize efficiency and reduce heat loss. Poorly installed or improperly sealed window and door frames are major contributors to air leakage and heat loss. Significant energy savings are realized with properly installed high performance windows and doors. For more information, visit our energy savings rebates page.