Home Energy 101

Resources to help make your home more energy efficient.

This page contains educational resources to help you make your home more energy efficient. Through small changes, you can reduce your home’s energy footprint. Whether you live in an apartment, condominium or house, there are things you can do to help lower your carbon footprint.

The resources below are designed to help you make informed decisions. If you are looking for a contractor to help with your healthy yard journey, check out our Contractors List as a starting point.

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Could my home go net zero?

Written by Heather McDiarmid The Bottom Line: The climate crisis threatens the future well-being of my kids Waterloo Region has committed to reducing greenhouse gas

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Air sealing and insulation

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How to insulate your basement

This is Lesson 4 of our informal online course: Home Energy 101. All lessons by Philip Drader. After you’ve resolved any moisture issues in your basement, you can

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Saving water

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Region of Waterloo – Home Water Conservation Tips

Reep House for Sustainable Living

The Reep House is a deep retrofit of a single-family century home that was completed in 2010. While it has been closed for the duration of the Covid-19 pandemic, it is normally open for tours. Many of the upgrades needed to make your home energy efficient — such as insulation, heat pumps and smart lighting systems — are on display.

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