Why Does Home Efficiency Matter?
Efficiency comes first: A roadmap to fight climate change in your home.
Imagine heating your home with the same amount of energy needed by three TVs. That doesn’t sound like a lot of energy, but it does sound like a lot of work. We’ll help you get there.
The best place to get to 3 TVs is to reduce the amount of energy you need, rather than looking for new systems to use in our inefficient homes.
The common assumption is that we need to start with solar panels on our roof, drive an electric car, or install heat pumps in our homes. But this is stage three. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves.
The majority of the energy we use in Canada, approximately 66%, is completely wasted. With the technologies that exist today, we have the opportunity to more than half our energy consumption without affecting our lifestyle. In fact, many homes can reduce their energy consumption by 20% or more through behavioural changes, without even spending money.
Taking an efficiency and conservation approach first reduces the amount of heating, ventilation and cooling we need, making the next steps even easier and less costly. With significantly reduced energy needs, you can use smaller systems to heat, cool and ventilate your home. In the early stages of your energy transition, the reductions are more important than where the energy actually comes from.
The energy pyramid above represents an optimal approach to attaining 100% Renewable Energy. First, conservation is the most optimal and important place to start, followed by seeking efficiency and then finally making the transition to 100RE.
How do I improve my home energy efficiency?