Efficiency Tips for Homes
Use a programmable thermostat. Set it at 20 C in the winter during the day, lowering it to 18°C when sleeping. In summer save on air conditioning by raising it to 22 C, or higher during the day.
Use Appliances Off-Peak
Run dishwashers, washers and dryers with full loads at off-peak times. And keep appliances clean so they run efficiently. Try vacuuming dryer and fridge vents.
Power Bars Fight Phantom Power
Plug appliances and electronic gadgets into a power bar so they can easily be turned off when not in use and eliminate phantom power from being drawn.
Fix leaky faucets and toilets to conserve water, save energy and cut energy bills.
Use Less Water
Use efficient shower heads and don’t run water when brushing teeth. Don’t wash or pre-rinse dishes under running water.
Get smart and replace old incandescent lights with CFL bulbs or LEDs.
Add insulation to the attic and any walls, weather-stripping to doors, and caulking around windows to seal cracks. Piping insulation can go around hot and cold water pipes and the water tank. Make sure the HVAC system gets a tune-up.
Efficient Kitchen Habits
Reheat food in the microwave instead of the stove. Keep lids on pots when cooking. Use electric kettles with auto shutoff to boil water. Don’t open the oven door to check on food until it’s done cooking.
Efficiency Tips for Builders
Implement Canada’s new National Energy Code for Buildings (NECB) 2011. It improves energy efficiency in new buildings by 25% over the previous code.
Boost Old Buildings
Lower costs and improve the performance of existing buildings by using Natural Resources Canada’s (NRCan) existing services which can lead to savings of 20% or more.
Contrast and Compare
Stay tuned to NRCanada as it develops a national benchmarking tool based on the US EPA’s ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager™ . The tool will compare a building’s energy performance. Expect it to be rolled out on a progressive basis in 2013 with office buildings and schools.
Use architecture firms that are committed to reducing fossil fuel energy associated with CO2 emissions when designing, constructing, and operating buildings.
Be a Leader
Apply for LEED certification for homes and buildings that meet green building standards and promote energy efficiency.
Use the EnerGuide Rating System to classify a home’s energy performance. A 0 rating indicates major air leakage, no insulation and extremely high energy consumption. A rating of 100 is considered airtight. A rating of 80 or higher is considered to be excellent for new homes.
Take advantage of the Green Globes system used by developers and property management companies, including, the Canadian federal government. Operated by BOMA Canada, its assessment tools cover: environmental assessment, environmental standards, emergency management assessment, and building intelligence evaluation.