Lighting and appliances

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Kitchen lighting and appliances

Effective lighting and energy-efficient appliances play a vital role in optimizing energy efficiency within homes. Simple changes like implementing LED lighting and ENERGY STAR® rated appliances can significantly reduce electricity usage, leading to improved cost savings and environmental sustainability.


Lighting accounts for 3.5% of the energy used in the average Canadian household. Looking for bulbs, fixtures and holiday lights that are ENERGY STAR® certified will help you reduce your electricity bill and carbon footprint as these products are designed to last longer and provide better light quality.

What to look for

  • LED (Light Emitting Diode) bulbs are the most energy efficient lighting option available and can save you the most money on your electricity bills.
  • Choosing ENERGY STAR® certified lighting will provide the highest quality and energy savings compared to non-certified models.

Things to consider

  • You will want to consider the lighting attributes and how they suit a particular room (brightness, colour, dimmability). An excellent choice of lighting will create a space that is more comfortable, functional, and enjoyable. 
  • The efficacy (lumens/watt) will show you how efficient the bulb is at converting electricity to visible light. 
  • The lifespan of a bulb is an important consideration. While more expensive, LED bulbs can last over 10 years, saving money eventually.


Appliances account for 14.1% of the energy used in the average Canadian household. Finding ENERGY STAR® certified appliances will help you save on your electricity bills and reduce your carbon footprint while not compromising on the performance of the appliance.

What to look for

  • The ENERGY STAR® label will help you identify efficient appliances. ENERGY STAR® Most Efficient labels are also offered to the top energy performing appliances in their class each year. 
  • Compare appliances using the ENERGY STAR® label to find the most efficient certified products.

Things to consider

  • Buy the right size appliance for your home. Larger models will require more energy to operate.

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