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Energy continues to be a hot topic and New Brunswickers are as interested as ever in technologies that can reduce their energy consumption. As energy prices continue to rise and we learn more about our impact on the environment, the need for high efficiency products is becoming more and more important.

As it relates to the home, the obvious opportunity is reducing the heating load first. However, once you’ve insulated, replaced windows and improved your heating system, how do you further reduce your need for energy?

The answer: Your domestic hot water heating system.

Domestic hot water can account for up to 30% of your home’s energy consumption. Furthermore, new homes are being built as tight as ever and with homeowners wanting the luxuries of whirlpool tubs and waterfall showers, domestic hot water loads can easily surpass heating as the highest energy user.

Efficient Energy for you, your family and your life

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, energy efficiency “refers to products or systems that use less energy to do the same or better job than conventional products or systems. It saves energy, saves money on utility bills and reduces the demand for energy thus protecting the environment”.

Enbridge Gas New Brunswick supports and encourages the use of high efficiency equipment and the participation in energy conservation programs that are available. We encourage all homes and businesses to take part in an energy audit to discover what can be done to conserve more energy.

No matter what your everyday life situation is, live better, breathe better and save better when you switch to natural gas.

Being green is easier than you think when you switch to natural gas. The cleanest burning of all the fossil fuels, natural gas contributes to a cleaner environment. Because it contains less carbon, sulphur and nitrogen compounds, and emits less greenhouse gas and ash particulates into the air when burned, natural gas is one of best forms of energy you can use to run your home or business. When natural gas is burned instead of the more polluting energy sources, such as coal, oil and electricity generated by fossil fuels, it helps improve air and water quality. By generating lower greenhouse gas emissions, the use of natural gas can help combat against smog, acid rain, and climate change.

Energy Saving Tips in your home

Depending on how it’s generated, electricity can be one of the least efficient and least environmentally-friendly heating options. Natural gas is a better solution because:

  • New Brunswick’s winter power is generated from oil and coal resulting in the production of over twice as much greenhouse gases compared to natural gas.
  • Losses related to electricity constantly occur at the power plant and in power lines making the electricity generated only 30% efficient once it’s delivered to you - that’s a 70% loss!
  • In comparison, 90% of natural gas’s energy value is delivered directly to you making it one of the most environmentally sound heating options available.

Residential Tips: Save the planet without leaving the house

  • Install a programmable thermostat and set it for a lower temperature at night or when you are away. During the summer months, setting your thermostat at a higher temperature will reduce your cooling costs.
  • Install weather stripping around windows and doors to seal air leaks.
  • Insulate your hot water piping leading to your shower and faucets.
  • Take a shower rather than a bath. This will result in lower hot water consumption.
  • Install compact fluorescent or LED light bulbs. They consume less energy and last longer than incandescent bulbs.
  • Turn off the lights when you leave the room – even if it’s only for a few minutes. The most efficient light bulb is the one that’s off.
  • Make sure the dishwasher, clothes washer and dryer are full when using them.
  • Wash your clothes in cold water.
  • Maintain all your heating and cooling equipment annually.
  • Use power bars or unplug electronic equipment when not in use. Most electronic equipment uses power even when it’s not in use. This “ghost consumption” can add up at the end of the year.
  • If making big renovations on your home, consider adding insulation or replacing windows with high performance models. These renovations not only save money, but further add value to your home in the long run.

The planet prefers natural gas

The environmental impact of natural gas is minimal compared to other energy solutions. In addition to being a domestically abundant and secure source of energy, the use of natural gas also offers a number of environmental benefits over other sources of energy, particularly other fossil fuels.

Natural gas is the cleanest of all the fossil fuels. Composed primarily of methane, the main products of the combustion of natural gas are carbon dioxide and water vapor, the same compounds we exhale when we breathe.

As the cleanest-burning fossil fuel, natural gas creates less greenhouse gas emissions than heating oil, or electricity generated from fossil fuels.