In this section, we offer solutions on making your home more energy efficient in these areas:
- Air sealing
- Green roofs
- Straw bale construction
- Thermal mass
Click a link above or in the list at the left to jump to a page with details on that topic.
Increasing energy efficiency will reduce energy usage in your house. Reducing energy usage will mean fewer greenhouse gas emissions.
Reducing our use of hydroelectricity has climate change pay-offs – the less we use in Manitoba means more hydro power exported elsewhere, where it will displace less clean forms of energy.
Homes account for about 20% of all energy used in Canada. This energy is distributed to
- 67% – space heating and cooling
- 18% – lighting and appliances
- 15% – heating water. (1)
In Manitoba, the biggest gains will come from reducing space heating needs since most homes burn fossil fuel (natural gas) for heating.