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Quebec is lagging behind when it comes to energy efficiency in our homes, and there are calls to change that.

With 24 solar panels on his roof, Jose Legris is on his way to becoming energy-independent, and his home is considered to be net zero.

Unfortunately, his situation is not the norm.

“Because we have so much energy, it’s cheap,” said HEC professor Pierre-Olivier Pineau. “So basically we just consume without asking ourselves questions.”

Pineau says Quebecers need to make major cuts to their consumption.

“We are around 200 gigajoules per year per person,” he said. “In Europe they are between 100 and 150 gigajoules per person. And so that’s around 25 to 50 per cent less than our consumption level in Europe with equivalent standards of living.”

Others are also calling for Quebec to prioritize energy efficiency.

“Rather than upping supply, you can down demand,” said Emmanuel Cosgrove, director of the non-profit Eco Home.

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