Interested in home energy savings?

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.

The average homeowner spends between $2,000 and $4,000 per year on electricity, heating fuel, and water.

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:

  • Electricity
  • Natural Gas
  • Propane
  • Heating Oil

On the energy prices page you will find information on:

  • Canadian Provinces (ie. BC, Alberta, Ontario, Quebec, etc.)
  • US States (ie. New York, California, etc.)
  • Other countries (ie. United Kingdom, Spain, Mexico, New Zealand, etc.)

Start with the easy stuff first...

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:

  1. Light Bulbs - change to CFLs

  2. Use Less Hot Water - low flow showerheads, washing machine

  3. Hot Water Savings - install timers, lower tank temperature

  4. Turn Thermostat down - save on heating

  5. Seal Leaks around doors and windows

  6. Close blinds on sunny days (block out the sun)

  7. Air dry your clothes and dishes

  8. Turn computers and TVs off when not using them

  9. Let warm food cool down before putting in the fridge

  10. Measure things to change behaviours

The page Easiest, cheapest energy savings tips explains these items.

Should you switch from electric appliances to gas?

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:

What else will you find on this site?

Some topics include:

  • What is energy?
  • What is a kilowatt-hour?
  • Average energy usage in USA?
  • Home energy savings in the country?
  • What's my electricity price?
  • Natural gas prices?
  • Propane and heating oil prices?
  • Should I get a gas appliance?
  • How does $0.12/kWh compare to gas prices?
  • Must-do tips - easy stuff?
  • How to save on electricity?
  • How to save on gas?
  • How to save on water?
  • Devices to help save energy
  • Conservation ideas
  • Home energy savings tips
  • Random energy savings ideas
  • How to read your energy bills
  • Where does your money go?
  • Different kinds of heat loss
  • Does air quality matter?
  • Can you have a zero energy home?
  • What about going off the grid?

Link to my page "Energy basics". You are currently on the page "Home energy savings"