New Home Construction – Case Study (Lower Sackville)

Linda had plans to build a new mini home just outside her hometown of Lower Sackville, NS. She wanted her...

How to Check for Drafts

  DIY draft detector! Follow these four easy steps to check your home for drafts. Choose a windy day; Turn...

Why Draft-Proof Your Home?

  Draft-proofing your home is one of the cheapest and most effective ways to save energy and money.    ...

Compressed Air Guide

Get the most from your compressed air system.

Guide to Retiring Your Appliances

  Replacing your old working fridge? Book a free pickup, and let us do the work! We’ll even pay you for...

HomeWarming Helps

A couple from New Glasgow, Nova Scotia now enjoys savings of up to $953 a year off their bills.

Your Guide to Savings Around the Home

  Energy efficient products are available for almost every room in the home. Even small changes can have a big impact on...

How To Use Smart Power Bars

  Electronic accessories with standby modes such as televisions or computers use energy, even when not in use. A smart...

How to Read LED Light Bulb Packages

  Taking the time to read the LED bulb packaging and labels, can help you to select the right bulbs...

How To Use Your Programmable Thermostat

  By using a programmable thermostat, you can adjust the times you turn on the heat according to a pre-set...

Homeowner’s Guide to Hot Water Heating

Water heating is the second largest energy use in houses, accounting for approximately 20 to 25 % of a home’s...

Homeowner’s Guide to Oil and Gas Heating

Oil is the most common home heating fuel in Nova Scotia. Modern high efficiency condensing oil and natural gas equipment...

Guide to Selecting and Working with a New Home Builder

From the decision to build until the day you move in, the process of building a new home can take...

Guide to Comparing Quotes for Residential Heating Systems

If your heating system is less than 20 years old, it should still have some life left in it. You...

Guide for Comparing Quotes for Insulation, Windows and Doors

A well sealed, insulated and properly ventilated home reduces the amount of energy your home uses – saving you money...

Homeowner’s Guide to Reducing Energy Use in Mini-homes

Mini-homes are affordable to buy and usually cost less to maintain than a traditional home. While you may not be...

Homeowner’s Guide to Heating with Electricity

Electricity is the second most common heating source in Nova Scotia. It offers convenience, eliminates combustion or fuel storage concerns,...

Homeowner’s Guide to an Energy Efficient Home

Nova Scotian builders construct some of Canada’s most energy efficient homes. The best of these homes cost less than $500...

Ventilation for New Homes

High performance, energy efficient homes built today are comfortable, have affordable energy costs, and provide superior indoor air quality. This...

Guide to Building a New Home

Small changes to your building plans can have a big impact on the lifelong operating costs of your new home....

Guide to Moisture and Humidity

Many homes suffer from condensation and mould growth. If serious moisture problems are ignored, permanent damage can occur to a home’s windows, interior...

Guide to Using and Maintaining Your Heat Pump

If you’ve recently installed a heat pump, or have moved into a house with a heat pump, this guide will...

Guide to Windows

Windows are a long-term investment. Smart shoppers purchase energy-efficient windows to protect themselves from future energy cost increases and improve comfort for years...

Guide to Draft-Proofing

Why Should You Draft-proof Your Home? Save Money It can be expensive to heat a home in Nova Scotia’s climate. Draft proofing...

Guide to Selecting a Contractor

Find the right fit.   Your home is one of your biggest assets. That’s why it’s sometimes a smarter choice to hire a...

Guide to Comparing Ground Source Heat Pumps

Ground source, or geothermal heat pumps use heat deep within the earth or a large body of water to cooling in...

Guide to Comparing Air Source Heat Pump Quotes

By supplying heat in the winter and cooling in the summer, an air source heat pump can provide yearround climate...

New Home Construction – Case Study

The homeowners wanted to save money and energy and increase the value of their home. With help from Efficiency Nova Scotia, they...

Home Energy Assessment Rebate Guide

Home renos on your horizon? Start with a Home Energy Assessment. To learn more about available rebates or financing view...

Homeowner’s Guide to Wood Heating

Wood burning equipment that meets modern environmental standards is up to 30 percent more efficient and pollutes up to 90...

Homeowner’s Guide to Passive Solar Energy

Every new home should be designed to take advantage of free heat and light from the sun. Passive solar homes...

Solar Fact Guide

Before you begin your project, contact Efficiency Nova Scotia to learn about rebates or financing options for solar equipment. Visit...

Understanding Lighting

Learn about the different types of LEDs available and how to choose the right ones for you. Traditional incandescent lighting is on...

Heating System Cost Comparisons

For New Home Construction See comparisons of  initial purchase and longer-term operating costs for various heating systems – including oil, heat...

Heating Comparisons

Typical Space & Water Heating Costs Average single family residence (1,700 square feet, 4 people) Knowing your options will help...

The Facts About Heat Pumps

What’s the deal with heat pumps? Heat pumps are a very efficient technology and now with the availability of ductless...