As we head into the colder months, natural light is hard to come by even with a thoughtful house design! The good news is that upgrades to lighting technology means that lighting accounts for only 4% of the energy used in the average Canadian home. How can you make sure you’re not driving that average up?

Where to find energy-efficient products

The Canadian Government supports the Energy Star certification system. This certification is carried only by energy-efficient products and is regularly reviewed to ensure compliance.

To make sure your lights (and other electric items in your home!) are energy-efficient, check for the Energy Star logo.

You can also start your search for new lighting or any other new appliance at the National Resources Canada website.

What else can I do to make my home more efficient?

The Energy Star logo can also be found on windows, doors, and skylights. According to National Resources Canada, 62% of the energy used in an average Canadian home is dedicated to space heating. Investing in energy-efficient products can save you quite a bit in the long run.

What else do I need to know?

Right now, many cities in British Columbia and beyond are discussing changes to building codes to make new construction more eco-friendly. While no final decisions or alterations have been made as of writing this, we like to work with our clients to ensure that their designs are as energy-efficient as possible; this not only saves them money in the long run, but also future-proofs their modern home design.