Living Energy Laboratory
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Energy resources for your home or business
Check out the links below for information on sustainable/affordable energy options.
Energy in the Community
Home Energy Saving
What is Bio Energy?
Laundry energy saving tips
Energy saving using Hot Water
Does your A/C saves you $$$
Simple green living
Thinking of buying a solar?
Be in charge of you energy
Smart Energy Practices in Bridgewater
Renewable energy & the future
Introduction to Solar Energy - Dr. Wayne Groszko
Which Solar PV will you prefer?
Why Solar now
Go for LED and Save Big
What is Hydro Energy?
Lots of opportunities on renewable energy
What is Energy Efficiency?
Smarter Ways to Heat, Cool and Insulate - Natasha Pearce
Does a Refrigerator saves energy?
Energy Affordability, Poverty, and Solutions - Nancy Green
Save more energy
How to cool your house
What is Wind Energy?
Does your Heat-pump work efficiently?
What is Solar Energy?
How to invest in energy efficient technologies
Things to know before buying Solar PV
Investing in Local Solar Energy - Dr. Andrew Bagley
How to save energy on using your cooking appliances
How to insulate your house efficiently
What is Energy Conservation?
Energy Investments for Bridgewater - Yuill Herbert
More information on energy use and savings…
DID YOU KNOW? (page 1 of 2)
Three quarters of the planet’s energy is generated by the burning of fossil fuels
Enough sunlight reaches the earth every minute to satisfy the planet’s energy demands for an entire year
Every Google search releases approximately 0.2g of carbon into the atmosphere
30% of the Energy used in office buildings is wasted energy
Lighting accounts for 20% of Canada’s energy consumption
America accounts for nearly half of the world’s gasoline consumption
Nearly 800 million gallons of gasoline are burned every day
DID YOU KNOW? (page 2 of 2)
Canada has the second greatest volume of oil reserves in the world
Canada uses 2.5% of the world’s total oil and fuel
Gas and utility prices in Nunavut haven’t changed since 2009
Canada is the fifth largest energy producer in the world
More than 40% of all energy produced in Canada is used for heating
If every Canadian changed their five most used light fixtures to ENERGY STAR products we would collectively save around $3 billion per year in energy costs
Household Energy Tips (page 1 of 2)
Use your microwave, toaster oven, or crock pot instead of your oven. Ovens use large amounts of energy and this could save you money
Fix your leaking faucet. If your faucet drips continuously get it fixed and save on energy bills
Air dry dishes instead of using the heat dry selection
Only 10% of energy used by an incandescent lightbulb creates light. The rest goes to generating heat, that’s why switching to LED’s is more efficient
When your desktop computer is turned off but plugged in it uses 80 watts per day
Your microwave uses 1/3 of the energy that your oven uses
Properly placing trees around your house you can save up to $250 a year in energy costs
Carpets and rugs cut down on heating costs by retaining heat better than hardwood or tile
The right type of bulb for your fixture you can increase the lifespan of your light ten times
Household Energy Tips (page 2 of 2)
All of the dust collecting on the coils on the back of your fridge is actually increasing your energy usage by making it more difficult for your fridge to operate
The fuller your fridge and freezer, the less energy it uses
You can increase energy efficiency by using copper bottomed pots and pans
80-90% of the energy used by your washing machine goes to heating the water
A front loading washing machine uses only 60% of the water a top loading machine uses, as well as only half the energy
Cleaning your filters and drains in your dishwasher can greatly improve its energy efficiency
Your car is most fuel efficient when driven at speeds between 80 and 100 km/h
Driving with an open window can decrease your fuel efficiency by 20%
Aggressive driving lowers your fuel efficiency by up to 31%
Useful Websites & Programs
– lots of information and a wide range of opportunities for residents and businesses
– no-charge energy assessments and home upgrades to eligible Nova Scotians
– low interest rate energy upgrade financing through the municipality for homeowners in Bridgewater and the District of Lunenburg
– on-bill energy upgrade financing available through Nova Scotia Power
– real-time information on Nova Scotia’s electrical production
902 541 4390
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