It is a national effort to take action on climate change. The One-Tonne Challenge calls on each of us to reduce our annual greenhouse gas emissions by one tonne, or about 20 percent. By using energy more efficiently and producing less waste, you can protect our environment, improve air quality and cut your energy costs. A one-tonne reduction can be achieved with big changes, or with a number of small, simple changes. Discover lots of useful tips in Your Guide to the One-Tonne Challenge. Get your copy by visiting http://www.climatechange.gc.ca/ or by calling 1 800 O-Canada (1 800 622-6232) or 1 800 465-7735 (teletype for the hearing-impaired).
The Office of Energy Efficiency (OEE) of Natural Resources Canada offers many publications that will help you understand home heating systems, home energy use and transportation efficiency. These publications explain what you can do to reduce your energy use and maintenance costs while increasing your comfort and helping to protect the environment.
Keeping the Heat In is a guide to all aspects of home insulation and draftproofing. Whether you plan to do it yourself or hire a contractor, this 134-page book can help make it easier. Fact sheets are also available on air-leakage control, improving window energy efficiency and moisture problems. Consider getting the expert unbiased advice of an EnerGuide for Houses evaluation before you renovate. Our telephone operators can connect you with an advisor in your local area.
If you are interested in a particular energy source, the OEE has booklets on heating with electricity, gas, oil, heat pumps and wood. Other publications are available on heat recovery ventilators, wood fireplaces, gas fireplaces, air conditioning your home, and comparing home heating systems.
When shopping for household appliances, office equipment, lighting products, and windows and doors, consult the OEE's series of consumer's guides. They will help you know what to look for when it comes to energy efficiency.
The EnerGuide label, which is affixed to all new major electrical household appliances and room air conditioners, helps you compare the energy ratings of all models sold in Canada. EnerGuide ratings are also listed in the OEE's annual directories of major electrical household appliances and room air conditioners.
R-2000 homes are the best-built, most comfortable homes in Canada, and they use up to 50 percent less energy than conventional dwellings. R-2000 homes feature state-of-the-art heating systems, high levels of insulation and whole-house ventilation systems that provide continuous fresh air to all rooms. Subject to quality assurance checks during the construction process, once completed, R-2000 homes are certified as being energy-efficient.
For information on vehicle fuel consumption, look for the EnerGuide label that appears on every new automobile, van and light-duty truck for sale in Canada. It helps you compare different vehicles' city and highway fuel consumption ratings and estimated annual fuel costs. You can also check the OEE's Fuel Consumption Guide, produced annually, which provides the same information for all vehicles. The OEE's EnerGuide for Vehicles Awards also recognize the vehicles with the lowest fuel consumption in different categories.
Also available is the OEE's Car Economy Calculator, a fuel log that helps you calculate your fuel consumption and savings. The OEE's Auto$mart Guide provides detailed fuel efficiency information and offers tips on purchasing, operating and maintaining personal vehicles.
To receive any of these free publications, please write or call:
Office of Energy Efficiency
Natural Resources Canada
1770 Pink Road
Gatineau QC J9J 3N7
Fax: (819) 779-2833
Tel.: 1 800 387-2000 (toll-free)
In the National Capital Region, call (613) 995-2943
TTY: (613) 996-4397 (teletype for the hearing-impaired)
Please allow three weeks for delivery.
Publications can also be ordered or viewed on-line at the OEE's Energy Publications Virtual Library, at oee.nrcan.gc.ca/infosource.
Source: Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) Office of Energy Efficiency