ENERGY DIET [You can put away the juicer. This kind of diet focuses on your energy consumption, not on your carb intake]
February, it is cold, it is dark, and your last energy bill shows a number you do not want to see. So what do you do? Well, you can put on a sweater, or you can commit to improvements around the house. We suggest you do both!
This month we are looking at how different organizations like, governments, non-profits and businesses, are leveraging social marketing principles to reduce your home’s energy footprint.
- 18% of the world’s energy is consumed by the residential sector.
- The average American or Canadian household in 2010 used about two to three times more than a typical European home. Electricity in North America can be far less expensive than in other parts of the world.
- In the average home, electronics that are turned off but plugged in account for 75 percent of the electricity consumed.
|How much energy do you binge on?Calculate your personal emissions with a carbon calculator. Click here if you live in Canada. Or here if you live in the United States.|
HOW CAN YOU REDUCE YOUR HOME’S ENERGY FOOTPRINT?
- Test your energy diet knowledge with the Fortis Energy House Quiz
- Wear layers
Did you know that heating accounts for 80% of residential energy use in Canada? National Sweater Day suggests that we lower the thermostat and toss on a sweater. This year WWF’s National Sweater Day falls on February 5th. Missed it? Not to worry, every day can be a sweater day.
- Make one or more improvement(s) to your home
- Install a programmable thermometer and set it to 20°C when home and 17°C when out or asleep
- Find and seal leaks in your duct system
- Swap out incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs
- Caulk and weatherstrip around windows and doors
- Add insulation to your attic
The following table includes examples of campaigns aimed at reducing residential energy usage. Some of them suggest additional changes that you can implement around your home. Others offer rebates and incentives to homeowners.
Table 1: Campaigns Aimed at Reducing Residential Energy Usage
|National||Energy Star||Shell/Canadian Geographic Magazine||Union GasShell/Canadian Geographic Magazine|
|Provincial/State||LiveSmart BCEfficiency NB||Arctic Energy Alliance (NWT)Greensaver (ON)||Duke Energy Progress (NC)BC Hydro
Other Rebate and Incentive Programs (By Province)
|Regional||Bay Area Regional Energy Network||Project NeutralREEP|
- Join the conversation in the comments section. Share what actions you’ve made a priority in your home and why!