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 draft proofing. 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'll 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 use about 30 percent less energy than conventionally built new homes, and they are one of the most energy-efficient new homes in Canada today. Homes built to the R-2000 Standard offer exceptional comfort and superior indoor air quality through the use of high- efficiency heating systems, high levels of insulation, state-of-the-art building techniques and whole-house ventilation systems that provide continuous fresh air to all rooms. R-2000 homes are quality assured by the Government of Canada through an independent R-2000 inspection process.
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
Ottawa ON K1G 6S3
Tel: 1 800 387-2000 (toll-free)
Facsimile: (819) 779-2833
In the National Capital Region, call 995-2943.
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