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Step 1 - Orientation

Invite yourself to the next Power $aving Network Energy-Aware event by emailing In general, there is no cost for attending the event or for borrowing a toolkit, but we hope you'll be so proud of your discoveries you'll want to tell others and will volunteer to spread the message.

Step 2 - Borrow the toolkit

After one meeting, you'll probably have all the training you might need. You can then make arrangements to borrow the toolkit for your home use or attend additional events. If you have questions not answered at the meeting or in the toolkit, join our discussion forum.


Can't make it to a meeting? You can download toolkit materials here [PDF 615Kb] without attending anything. You'll have to make your own arrangements or alternatives for the electricity meter and PowerCost monitor that are included in the kit (cost of these is approximately $250.00 including shipping & taxes) or we can negotiate selling you a complete toolkit. Email us if you're interested in the purchase option.

Step 3 - Audit your electricity use

Following the instructions in the kit, record your electricity data on a printed copy of the tracking sheets [Microsoft Excel 30Kb] or in the Excel-based P$N electrical usage and savings calculator [Microsoft Excel 362Kb], whichever you feel most comfortable with.

Step 4 - Analyze your results

Compare your findings to your electricity bill [PDF 695Kb]. Typical Ontario households use about 20 kWh per day for lighting and appliances; 30 kWh per day if they have electric baseboard or hot water heaters. Read through the backgrounder on compact fluorescent lightbulbs and phantom loads [PDF 760Kb] and identify areas where you can conserve or improve efficiency.

Step 5 - Start saving

Typical conservation strategies are to replace incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescents and start using power bars to reduce phantom loads. See For More Information for links to recommended sites with lots of other energy reduction tips.

Step 6 - Tell your friends

While you have it on loan, leave the monitor display in a prominent place and invite questions from your neighbours, friends or acquaintances about the toolkit materials. You'll probably be as surprised as we were to discover how many people get engaged with this stuff and are interested in going through the audit process themselves!

Step 7- Host an Energy-Aware Party

Host an Energy-Aware party for others or at least your own household residents. You'll need your family's cooperation in any conservation strategies, and you might get (at least some of) them intrigued with the monitoring gadgets, and maybe (some of them) interested in saving money. Let us know if you're open to inviting other folks who've expressed interest in using the toolkit.

Step 8 - Pass it along

Thank CREW and the Power $aving Network for free use of the material by sending us a copy of your recording sheets or your electrical usage spreadsheet and by passing along the toolkit in a timely way.

Step 9 - Join the network

Consider joining CREW or becoming a community sponsor of this website. We're counting on you to spread the message in this low-cost, simple way.