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Energy Conservation

Welcome to the energy conservation website, a pilot project of the office of the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO).

The passage of Ontario's Green Energy and Green Economy Act in May 2009 created a mandate for the ECO to report annually on the progress of activities to "reduce the use or make more efficient use of energy" in Ontario. (Click here for more information about this mandate.)

The Environmental Bill of Rights was amended to give the ECO these three specific duties:

  • to describe the results of conservation initiatives related to reduction of the use of electricity, natural gas, propane, oil and transportation fuels;
  • to describe the progress in meeting any government-established targets for these fuels; and
  • to identify any Acts, regulations, by-laws or policies that result in barriers to the development or implementation of energy conservation initiatives related to electricity, natural gas, propane, oil and transportation fuels.

The ECO has the mandate to report on barriers at the provincial, federal, and municipal levels. To help fulfill these duties, the Commissioner wants to hear from you. Contact the ECO to share your story.

What's a Barrier?

The ECO is interested in identifying anything embedded in existing government policy, legislation, regulation or by-laws, or anything else that prevents the launching of, or participation in, an initiative that would reduce energy consumption.

A barrier is anything you identify as something stopping or impeding conservation. Common types of barriers arise from government policy and legislation, business or community practices, financial obstacles, lack of information, and others.

Contact the ECO to share your story

What's an Initiative?

It's not all bad, there are some great success stories out there and we want to hear about them. Tell us about initiatives that help conserve energy, natural gas, propane, oil or transportation fuels; help reduce carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions; or help mitigate the effects of climate change.

This could be community projects, pilot projects, programs and practices, technology, information, education and awareness activities, or any other initiatives that help conserve or make more efficient use of energy.

Contact the ECO to share your story

What will we do with the Information?

First and foremost, your personal and proprietary information remains completely confidential. When you have submitted information our analysts will review it and contact you if additional information or clarification is needed.

In instances where ECO analysts are doing special reports or studies related to the conservation issue raised in your submission, they will consider your information and may incorporate it in work done for our reports. The strictest standards of confidentiality will be maintained.

Results will only be reported in aggregate and general terms, unless ECO analysts have sought and received, your permission to use it in publications, including the Annual Energy Conservation Progress Report, Annual Greenhouse Gas Progress Report and the Annual Report.

Legal Disclaimer

Legal Notice of Collection under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act:
The personal and proprietary information that you provide to us to undertake our analysis and work will only be used for that purpose. You will not be placed on any mailing lists (unless you specifically request this) and your information will not be released to any third party, except as may be authorized or required by law. The authority for obtaining this information from you complies with section 38(2) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. This section of the Act requires government organizations to collect only the personal information that is necessary for the administration of a specific program. If you have any questions regarding privacy and your personal information, please contact us at the following e-mail address: commissioner@eco.on.ca or call us toll-free at 1-800-701-6454.


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