Skip to content

Read tips for Detached home owners

Energy-saving projects for detached homes

From replacing inefficient appliances to tackling renovations, there are plenty of projects home owners can take on to save energy and make their space more comfortable.

Quick tip

Consider a chest-style freezer

TapClick to flip

Chest-style freezers use up to 51% less energy than upright freezers. Cold air is heavier than warm air so, because chest freezers open from the top, they lose less cold air when open.

Quick tip

Upgrade to a heat pump and save up to 35% on your energy bill

TapClick to flip

Upgrade your central air conditioner or heat pump to a ductless heat pump. This can save about 25 - 35% of the heating and cooling load (3,000 - 4,100 kWh per year) and you can qualify for $2,000 in rebates.

Quick tip

Switch to an ENERGY STAR® clothes washer

TapClick to flip

ENERGY STAR® washers have been tested for energy-efficiency and reliability, and can save you $175 in energy costs over their lifetime.

Quick tip

Choose an ENERGY STAR® fridge

TapClick to flip

Ready to upgrade? In addition to all the bells and whistles of a new ENERGY STAR® fridge, you also save up to $120 on your energy bill over the lifetime of the refrigerator.

Quick tip

Upgrade your insulation and save 10% on your energy bill

TapClick to flip

Sealing drafty windows and doors and upgrading your insulation can save you up to 10% in heating and cooling costs. That can be more than $200 a year.

Quick Q

ENERGY STAR® windows can cut your annual energy costs by up to...

You can cut your annual energy costs by up to 20% by making window upgrades!

Quick tip

Lead the way with LED exterior lighting systems

TapClick to flip

Replace older outdoor incandescent or mercury vapour lamps with LED luminaries that provide similar light output while helping you save energy.

Quick tip

Is your water heater over 10 years old?

TapClick to flip

If your electric water heater is more than 10 years old, our advice is to replace it. An ENERGY STAR® certified heat pump water heater can use 50% less energy than a standard, older model.

Quick tip

Use an ENERGY STAR® dishwasher

TapClick to flip

A dishwasher that has earned the ENERGY STAR® gets your dishes clean while using less water and energy, and only costs about $30 a year if run once daily.