Canada’s residential sector accounts for nearly a fifth of the nation’s energy use, and the majority of that energy is used to heat space and water. According to a Natural Resources Canada report on energy efficiency trends, the number of single-occupancy households is increasing, home square footage is growing, and homeowners are using more appliances and cooling more of their living spaces than ever before, resulting in the emission of mega tonnes of greenhouse gas every year. At the same time, Canadians are becoming more energy conscious by turning to higher efficiency systems: more energy efficient water heaters, furnaces, appliances and lighting, as well as improving their homes’ “thermal envelope” with better insulation and windows.
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