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Energy Efficiency Tips for Consumers

Saving Energy = Saving Money

There are numerous online resources for energy efficiency and conservation across Canada. The links below offer consumers information on energy saving ideas, national and provincial programs, products, and services.

How much is a Kilowatt-Hour?

IESOEver wonder what makes up a kilowatt-hour? Click on the graphic on the right, courtesy of the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO), for some great examples. The IESO balances the supply of and demand for electricity in Ontario and then directs its flow across the province's transmission lines.



Government Programs


Developed by the Office of Energy Efficiency of Natural Resources Canada, EnerGuide is a Canadian labelling and rating system that helps consumers understand the energy consumption or energy efficiency of specific products. EnerGuide labelling exists for appliances, heating and cooling equipment, houses, and vehicles.


What Does the ENERGY STAR symbol mean?

The international ENERGY STAR symbol, displayed alone or as part of the EnerGuide label, identifies major electrical appliances that meet or exceed technical specifications designed to ensure that they are among the most energy efficient in their class, without compromising performance. To find out if a current product is the most energy efficienct in their class, check out the ENERGY STAR Qualified Products or Equipment in Canada website.


Office of Energy Efficiency

Natural Resources Canada's Office of Energy Efficiency is another great resource for consumers. It serves as an information centre for energy conservation, efficiency and alternative fuels information. The OEE is mandated to strengthen and expand Canada's commitment to energy efficiency in order to help address the Government of Canada's policy objectives.

In addition, the OEE offers grants and incentives (ecoENERGY Retrofit—Homes Program) and other resources, including workshops for professionals, statistics and analysis, awards and hundreds of free publications.


Provincial/Territorial Programs

There are a multitude of jurisdicitional programs that consumers can take advantage of to reduce their energy consumption.

Select your province/territory for energy efficiency programs in your area:





Alberta Environment
Climate Change Central
One Simple Act

British Columbia

BC Hydro's Power Smart
BuiltGreen BC
LiveSmart BC
Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources


Power Smart

New Brunswick

Efficiency New Brunswick
New Brunswick Ministry of Energy

Newfoundland and Labrador

Newfoundland and Labrador Ministry of Natural Resources

Nova Scotia

Conserve Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia Power


Nunavut Department of Community and Government Services—Energy Services

Northwest Territories

Arctic Energy Alliance


Ministry of Energy and Infrustructure
Ontario Power Authority
Powerwise Energy Calculator

Prince Edward Island

PEI Office of Energy Efficiency


Agence de l’efficacité énergétique (AEÉ)


Go Green


Energy Solutions Centre
Northern Climate Exchange