Getting started - online resources

The first step is setting goals - finding a starting point

Some helpful links that your Energy Team can use to get things off to a great start.

For more information about Energy Teams talk to your Union Gas Energy Conservation Advisor today.

Energy Team

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Natural Resources Canada:
Dollars to $ense
The Office of Energy Efficiency offers four one-day Dollars to $ense workshops in which you'll learn how to:
  • reduce energy consumption and cut costs across your organization
  • discover no-risk strategies
  • take the guesswork out of energy management planning
  • optimize your business case
  • be more competitive while enhancing your corporate

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Union Gas:
self audit
This form can be used to get a basic understanding of your facility's energy use. This form will also help you to identify no cost and/or low-cost energy saving opportunities and will provide you with the information you need to start developing your own energy action plan.


Natural Resources Canada: Energy efficiency planning and management guide Reflecting 27 years of energy efficiency experience, the guide focuses on reducing energy-related greenhouse gases (GHGs) through profit-enhancing, energy efficiency measures that will increase the competitiveness of Canadian industry.


Natural Resources Canada: Saving money through energy efficiency This guide describes a step by step approach to designing and implementing an energy efficiency awareness program that will meet the needs of your organization.


Canadian Industry Program for Energy Conservation (CIPEC) Energy management information systems Written for all levels of management and operational staff, this handbook aims to give a structured and practical understanding of an Energy Management Information System (EMIS) and to serve as an instruction guide for its implementation. The EMIS handbook can be an integral part of a company's Energy Management Program (EMP) because it covers all aspects of an EMIS - including metering, data collection, data analysis, reporting and cost/benefit analyses.


US Department
of Energy:
Self-assessment workbook for small manufacturers
This workbook provides small manufacturers with a self-assessment method of improving operations and reducing costs. This workbook also provides a list of commonly implemented cost-saving projects in energy efficiency, waste minimization and manufacturing productivity designed to reduce production costs for small and medium-sized businesses.


Bonneville Power Administration:
Industrial audit guidebook
The purpose of this guide is to introduce the user, both technical and non-technical, to common opportunities that may be found in an industrial facility to reduce the electrical energy consumption.


US Department of Energy: Continuous commissioning guidebook for federal energy managers This guidebook presents a comprehensive and ongoing process to resolve operating problems, improve comfort, optimize energy use, and identify retrofits for existing commercial and institutional buildings and central plant facilities.


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Software and energy calculators

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US Department
of Energy:
Software page
This DOE page contains several different energy related software. With the right know-how, you can use these powerful tools to help identify and analyze energy system savings opportunities in your plant.


Natural Resources Canada:
CanMost software
Choosing an energy-efficient industrial motor can dramatically reduce the energy consumption and utility cost of running a motor-driven system over its lifetime. Analysing the costs and benefits of different motors can be complicated, but CanMOST – the Canadian Motor Selection Tool – now makes the job simpler.
Note: Free EnerGuide registration is required.


Natural Resources Canada:
Boiler efficiency calculator
Natural Resources Canada has developed an online Boiler Efficiency Calculator to help managers quickly analyze the efficiency of boiler operations associated with heating and steam plants fired by natural gas and fuel oil.


Guide for computing CO2 emissions related to energy use This guide helps users calculate industry related greenhouse gas emissions by presenting the necessary coefficients and conversion factors in the form of easy to use tables.


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Energy management consultants

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Natural Resources Canada: Energy management service directory The Energy Management Services Directory is a searchable list of consultants, engineers and other professionals that offer products and services to help organizations manage and measure their energy use.

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Energy benchmarking

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Canadian Industry Program for Energy Conservation:
Energy Benchmarking and Best Practices
The Canadian Industry Program for Energy Conservation (CIPEC), sponsored by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) has developed a benchmarking and best practices program for Canada's industrial sectors. The program is designed to help industry achieve significant energy efficiency gains.


Energy Star: Benchmarking Starter Kit Benchmarking the energy performance of your buildings is a key first step to understanding and reducing energy consumption and your carbon footprint. All buildings can assess their energy performance, water efficiency, and carbon emissions using Portfolio Manager.


NRCan: Energy Benchmarking

Office buildings, Bank Branches, Financial Centers, and Courthouses can assess their energy performance using Energy Star’s Portfolio Manager. The documents provided on this Natural Resource Canada’s webpage are intended to help you get started benchmarking, take the next steps, and assist building owners and tenants in data collection.

Searching for funding:
Canadian industrial financial assistance program search
NRCan provides a search function for Canadian industrial energy efficiency and alternative energy programs.


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Natural Resources Canada:
Industrial energy efficient equipment
Efficiency's web page provides you with detailed information about various industrial equipment's. This site also provides sample payback periods for each type of equipment.


Energy Star: Commercial and industrial equipment Energy Star qualified equipment's meet strict guidelines for energy efficiency set by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).


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Performance contracting

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CIPEC annual reports This site contains links to several guides relating to performance contracting such as: Innovative Financing: An Introduction and Income Tax Issues Related to Energy Performance Contracting

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Financial incentives for energy efficiency

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Union Gas
Union Gas' Rebates & Incentives
Union Gas offers a variety of rebates and incentive programs. Visit our Save Money & Energy section for more information.


Enbridge Gas
Programs and incentives
Offers both technical services and financial incentives for a wide range of energy efficient building solutions.


Government of Ontario
Ontario Power Authority (OPA) initiatives The OPA will be offering a Conservation and Demand Response program (CDM).


Government of Canada
ecoENERGY retrofit
Incentive for buildings
Financial incentives for homes, buildings and industrial processes.
$10 per GJ of estimated annual energy savings up to 25 percent of eligible project costs, to a maximum of $50,000


ecoENERGY retrofit
Incentive for industry
Helps industrial facilities overcome financial barriers to improve the energy efficiency of their operations.
25 percent of project costs to a maximum of $50,000 per application and $250,000 per corporate entity


ecoENERGY retrofit
Assessment incentive for industry
Helps industrial companies conduct process integration studies that identify opportunities for increasing energy efficiency and improving production processes
50% of the process integration study up to $50,000


Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) SDTC is a not-for-profit foundation that finances and supports the development and demonstration of clean technologies which provide solutions to issues of climate change, clean air, water quality and soil, and which deliver economic, environmental and health benefits to Canadians.
Up to 33 percent of eligible project costs and never more than 50 percent of eligible project costs for any given project.


Canadian Foundation of Innovation Funds (CFI)


The CFI is an independent corporation created by the Government of Canada to fund research infrastructure.
Generally CFI will fund 40% of the eligible costs.


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Residential incentives and rebates

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Union Gas’ Rebates & Incentives for Residential customers
Union Gas offers a variety of rebates and incentive programs. Visit our Residential section for more information.


Natural Resources Canada:
Residential incentives and rebates


Efficiency’s web page provides you with detailed information about various industrial equipments. This site also provides sample payback periods for each type of equipment.

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