Saving energy

Wasting less energy is the most affordable way to cut pollution, make our communities healthier, and industries more cost-effective. More efficient transportation means we use less energy, and smarter homes and buildings will save energy and lower costs where we live, work and play.

Efficient cities

This year, Canada made the largest single investment of over $1 billion into municipalities across the country, urban and rural, in energy efficiency. The financial savings from those projects will go straight back into new investments, over and over again.

These projects will cut pollution and create jobs in our communities. In Stouffville, ON, a new Longo’s grocery store is going “net-zero,” meaning it will produce as much clean energy as it uses. In Edmonton, the Sundance Housing Co-op is investing in deep energy retrofits that could cut pollution by up to 80 per cent.

Taking action on energy use in Canada

The Government of Canada has made major investments that support energy efficiency activities across Canada, reducing energy costs, increasing productivity and creating jobs:

Since 2016:

  • 26,000 ENERGY STAR certified homes were built
  • 233,000 existing homes received an EnerGuide label
  • 20 ISO 50001 projects underway or complete to help industry better manage energy use, reduce energy costs and increase competitiveness while minimizing greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental impacts
  • Five demonstration projects launched to assess performance of high-efficiency space and water heating equipment in homes and buildings
  • Utilizing digital technologies to make energy visible to Canadians to support smart energy use decisions
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