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Reducing your eco footprint at home

Home energy use makes up 16% of our footprint. Take action at home to reduce your footprint and save money.

What can you do?

Turn down your heat.

  • Use a programmable thermostat and turn down your heat at night.
  • Lower your thermostat by 5 degrees for an 8 hour period and save 2% per degree, or up to $50/year!

Improve your home's insulation

  • Improving your home's insulation can save you up to $167/year. R50 is recommended for the attic and R20 for basement external walls (R=measure of insulation).
  • Add weather stripping to doors and windows and wrap pipes to save even more.

Turn off electronics and lights when not in use

  • Turn off one 60 watt incandescent bulb for six hours and save up to $18/bulb/year.
  • Replace one 100 watt incandescent bulb with a 27 watt compact fluorescent bulb and save up to $22/bulb/year.
  • Use a power bar (with or without a timer) to turn off electronics when not in use. Learn more about phantom or standyby power.

Questions or comments? Email them to footprint@calgary.ca.

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