Energy Education Center

We get questions all the time from our customers and friends alike about every aspect of saving energy in Canada. We think this is a very important thing for the average consumer to understand but unfortunately most of them have no interest in really learning. However, if you’ve clicked on this tab, you must be one of the few who do want to learn so here we go energy education center.

What is a Kilowatt-Hour (kWh) anyway?

The kilowatt-hour is the standard unit of measurement for electrical energy usage. When you look at a light bulb, you will see a number somewhere on it that tells you how much energy that specific bulb uses; for example 60w was a very common size in older incandescent light bulbs. Now to break down the parts of the measurement: everyone knows what an hour is, and one kilowatt is equal to 1000 watts. This means that if you leave that one 60w light bulb on for an hour, you’ll have used 0.06kWh. The average home will use approximately 800-1000kWh per month with things like air conditioners and space heaters obviously affecting this accordingly.

Does one person’s energy usage really make much of a difference?

Yes, everyone can make a difference and therefore should do anything they can to save energy in Canada.

Do fluorescent bulbs really need to be recycled?

The answer to this is an even stronger yes than the previous question. All fluorescent bulbs contain trace amounts of mercury which will be released into the environment if not properly disposed of. In addition to that, nearly every piece of a fluorescent bulb can be recycled when handled by a properly trained expert.

Will I really save enough money on my electrical bills to make up for the upfront costs?

On average it takes between 2 and 4 years for monthly savings to make up for the initial costs of energy efficient upgrades or retrofits. However, this time can be reduced drastically if you act now and qualify for the government rebate programs.

This is only a small sampling of the wealth of information our master electricians have to offer but it should help to get you started. Give us a call today if you have more questions about how you can save energy in Canada, we’d be glad to help.