A great way to save energy at home is to find out where you use it the most. An energy audit can show you how much power your home uses now and where you can maximize savings. Contact the Green Communities Association and arrange to have a home energy audit: (You can also contact this government of Canada website).
Look for the Energy Star logo when you're replacing electrical appliances, and ask for them when you're shopping. Imagine a fridge that uses less energy than a 75-watt light bulb — that's how efficient the newest models are. And speaking of light bulbs, more dark in winter means more lights. Switching to compact fluorescents from incandescent bulbs will make a big difference. The CFLs last longer and use 75 to 80 percent less electricity. If 110 million households replaced just one 60-watt incandescent bulb with a CFL, the energy saved would power a city of 1.5 million people. Take two minutes today to make the switch.
But there's more to saving energy than replacing lights. If you combined all the heat leaks in the average home, there would be a hole the size of a basketball in the wall (yes, even yours).
To help make it easier for you to plug those holes, we produced a brief "how to" video demonstrating the installation of weather stripping around windows and doorframes.