Saving energy doesn't mean sacrificing comfort or convenience. Newer appliances, for example, can use far less power than older models -- your house could have a fridge that is costing you over $300 a year to operate when newer models cost just $50 a year to run.
Similarly, compact luorescents and other newer lighting sources can use much less power than standard incandescent lighting -- use our lighting calculator to see what simply switching bulbs can save you.
And don't forget about one of your biggest electricity users -- your airconditioner. Make sure it is properly maintained and consider the advantages of investing in a new ENERGY STAR unit.
The international ENERGY STAR symbol is a simple way for consumers to identify products that are among the most energy-efficient on the market. Only manufacturers and retailers whose products meet the ENERGY STAR criteria can label their products with this symbol. Choosing an ENERGY STAR-labelled product over a conventional model could save you hundreds of dollars in energy costs.
The Clean Air Consumer Guide provides useful information on energy efficiency for many household appliances and equipment. It also ranks vehicles currently on the market based on emissions and costs. Visit www.cleanairconsumerguide.org for more information or to download the Guide.
Products that are covered in the Energy Star program:
Major electrical household appliances and room air conditioners sold in Canada must meet minimum energy efficiency standards and are required to display an EnerGuide label. Information on the EnerGuide label is the result of extensive testing based on Canadian Standards Association (CSA) test procedures.
The EnerGuide label for airconditioners and large appliances will probably be found in the manufacturer's printed material (user manuals, etc), instead of affixed directly to the appliance.
The folks at EnerAct have put together a Top Ten list for saving energy around your home:
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