Energy use in Canada

Where and how we live affects how much energy we consume

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What is a kilowatt hour (kWh) anyway?
1 kilowatt hour runs a hot shower for three minutes.
100 kilowatt hours power 50 loads of laundry.
How this map works
Click on the icons to find out how Canadians are finding innovative ways to reduce their energy use.

The provinces and territories on this map are scaled to reflect their respective per capita energy-use values, measured in kilowatt hours (kWh). Transportation and climate influence how much energy we consume. Industrial activity, also incorporated in these values, is partly why people in the west appear to be energy-guzzlers. Because energy is less expensive where it’s produced, westerners tend to use more. Through the Energy Diet Challenge and the Classroom Energy Diet Challenge, six households and thousands of students found innovative ways to save energy. Their efforts show that every kilowatt cut tips the energy-use scale in a better direction.


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