We use energy every day, in many ways.
Using energy in a more efficient manner is a way to reduce our impact on the environment and combat climate change.
Did you know...
Residential energy efficiency helped Canadians save $12 billion in 2013. That is an average saving of $869 per household.
Since 1990, Canada’s energy efficiency increased almost 25%. This saved approximately $38 billion in 2013.
Energy Use in Canada
Canadians are some of the world’s highest energy users per person. We use slightly more energy per capita than the United States and a lot more than Norway (which has a similar climate). Canadians have many opportunities to save energy and money!
Canadians use energy in many ways: 27% of our total energy use is for lighting, heating or cooling our homes and offices; 30% is used for driving or moving freight goods; 40% is used by the industry to make new products or produce resources; and finally, 3% is used on Canadian farms.
What is energy efficiency? It means using less energy to do more
- A more energy efficient car or house can save Canadians money.
- More energy efficient technologies can make our industries more competitive.
- All together, energy efficiency helps us to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while growing the economy.
New technologies are letting us do more with less energy. Net-zero homes are one example – learn more by watching the video.
There are many ways that Canadians can use energy more efficiently right now:
Energy-efficient Products: Programs such as EnerGuide and ENERGYSTAR® help Canadians make choices that save energy and money.
Homes: New options such as net-zero housing and solar panels are making Canadian homes more efficient than ever before.
Buildings: Canadian workplaces are saving money, reducing emissions and improving building operations through energy efficiency.
Vehicles: Canadians are choosing more eco-friendly options, looking at fuel consumption and switching to hybrid and electric vehicles.
Industry: Canadian industries are becoming more efficient by using tools such as ISO 50001 Energy Management System standard.
Government of Canada Actions
All levels of government are working together to show leadership by following practices that support a low-carbon clean grown economy. The federal government has:
Set carbon pricing to be in effect by 2018.
Developed a set of complementary actions to reduce emissions and support transition to low-carbon economy and
Set a goal to use 100% clean power in federal buildings and vehicle fleets by 2025.
Need some context?
If you’d like to know more about Canada’s energy systems and the emerging global trends in policy and technology that influence them, download our context paper. This paper, prepared by NRCan energy experts, will provide background on energy use in Canada, the current policy environment, the Generation Energy process, and some key questions to consider as you participate.