So why a website on home energy savings?
I started this website because I find the concept of home energy savings interesting and I also like the challenge of reducing my home's fixed costs.
I aim to do better than the average homeowner. Hopefully, this site will help you do the same.
Average Home Energy Usage
The chart to the right shows the average energy usage of a home in Canada. Canada, like many countries, has varying geographies.
For instance, Southern Ontario has close to 1/4 of the country's population and is not nearly as cold (on average) as provinces like British Colombia (BC), Alberta (AB), Saskatchewan (SK), Manitoba (MB)or the territories in the north.
Usage in the USA
The chart to the left shows the average energy usage of a home in the USA. This includes an average of warm states like Arizona and cold states like Wisconsin.
Should water be included?
The charts above do not include water bills. While water is not considered energy, it does take energy to treat our water and this becomes a significant expense to us.
The two charts below show averages with water included (for city homes, see link below for country homes). As you can see water bills can be approximately 20% of our utility bills. For those who live in a rural location (the country), water bills can be as much as 40% of your utility bill.
My page on average home usage includes a more detailed discussion of average home energy usage.
Energy Prices (electricity, gas, propane, etc.)
My page on energy prices shows recent averages prices for:
On the energy prices page you will find information on:
Regardless of where you live, it makes sense it start with the easy stuff first. These items are not going to cost you much but will save you money:
The page Easiest, cheapest energy savings tips explains these items.
In most areas natural gas prices are 1/3 the price of electricity. So is making the switch to a natural gas water heater, stove, or dryer a good investment.
The short answer is: it depends. It will depend on appliance costs, natural gas availability, and the length of piping required to connect the new appliance.
Check out the page Electricity vs. Gas for more information.
Save Appliance Energy
Use the links below to get to my appliance specific pages. Many of these pages contain calculators (similar to the clothes dryer calculator to the right).
The pages include:
Some topics include: