Why should I invest?
Improve your comfort and living environment
An EnerGuide home evaluation can be a first step in making your home more comfortable.
Improving energy performance by upgrading insulation, heating and ventilation systems or windows will give you a home that is better insulated and air sealed. These types of upgrades can reduce cold spots, drafts and noise and provide more even temperatures and cleaner air in your home.
Did you know basements account for about 20 percent of a home’s total heat loss? Many basements have little or no insulation, which means greater potential for improvement. If your basement is cold and uncomfortable, an EnerGuide evaluation can help you determine what you can do to improve and make it a more comfortable useable space.
Learn how your home can save you money
An EnerGuide home evaluation can help you find those areas where you may be wasting valuable energy and money.
If you are thinking of investing in home improvements or renovations, an evaluation can help you get the most for your money.
An evaluation can take the guesswork out of which upgrades would work best for your home and save you most on utility bills.
Did you know walls can account for about 20 percent total house heat loss, and windows and doors for up to 25 percent? Having proper insulation in your walls and upgrading your windows can help you save on heating bills.
Make home improvements that make sense
A house operates as a system. All the elements of a house, the environment, envelope, mechanical systems and occupant activities affect each other, and the result affects the performance of the house as a whole. The secret to avoiding problems is in understanding these relationships.
For example, reducing air leakage provides more comfort to the occupants and protects the envelope from moisture damage, but it also increases humidity levels inside the house since less water vapour can escape. This can mean an increase of condensation on windows. If a house is tightened to this degree, it will now need more ventilation.
Did you know that the change to one component of the house can have an immediate effect on another component? Many small changes over time can also affect the balance of the system. So before you make changes or renovations, get an evaluation of your home to get expert advice.
Invest in your home and get value in return
Make a small investment to protect one of your biggest investments – your home.
Some energy performance upgrades for instance can improve moisture control which is one of the most important factors affecting the durability of your home. Even homes that are apparently dry, with very little leaks in the basement or roof, can have moisture problems.
Moisture can cause concrete to crumble, wood to rot and paint to peel; it can also damage plaster, ruin carpets and encourage mould growth.
Also, the energy performance improvements you make and an EnerGuide label to prove it can be an important selling point to prospective buyers. It may show the home’s performance has been improved which in turn reduces the utility costs for any future occupants.
Did you know a family of four generates 50 litres (11 gallons) of water a week through normal household activities? Control of moisture in all its forms is critical in making homes durable and comfortable.
Empower your community
Understand the value of using energy more efficiently to help make the right choices for you, your community and the planet.
Improve the energy performance of your home and become part of the solution for using energy efficiently and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Did you know that 17 percent of the energy consumed in Canada is used to run our homes?
EnerGuide home evaluations help homeowners
Maryse Furlotte and Family
Lower Cloverdale, New Brunswick
Estimated annual savings: $2,040
While the improvement in the rating number is impressive, for the Furlottes, the most impressive number is on their heating bills – not even one third of what they had been before the upgrades. “The winter of 2013–2014 was much colder than usual,” says Maryse. “And our total heating bill for the year was $960 – a long way from the $3,000 we paid the year before.”
Wellington, Nova Scotia
Estimated annual savings: $1,300
Lou’s commitment to making her home more energy-efficient is doing more than help her save money on her energy bills. “The first winter after I moved into this house, I thought I was going to freeze to death,” she says. “The furnace was going full blast, and I was still freezing. Now,” she laughs, “I don’t have to wear socks to bed.”
Kelowna, British Columbia
Estimated annual savings: $1,200
As much as he likes saving money on his energy bills, Wayne says he is also enjoying his house more. “I was expecting and looking forward to spending less to heat the house,” he says. “What I didn’t expect was how much more comfortable the house would be. Before the improvements, the living room at the back of the house was always noticeably colder than the rest of the house. Now you can go from room to room, and there’s no variation in temperature at all.”
Pauline and Wayne Pelkey
Woodstock, New Brunswick
Estimated annual savings: Reduction in energy costs by as much as 67 percent
Pauline says the EnerGuide home evaluation was a real help. “We were going to do most of those things anyway,” says Pauline. “But thanks to the information we got through the evaluation, we were able to make the best choices and do some additional things to make the house more energy-efficient – things we might never have thought of if we hadn’t had the evaluation. And our advisor was really helpful any time we had questions.”
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