Eva Sumpton had been living in her two-storey London, Ontario, home for just a few months, and planned to renovate over the coming year.
She wanted to save energy, and to save money by reducing her home’s energy use, so she decided to have a home energy audit to find out ways to incorporate energy-saving renovations into her overall home improvement plans.
Home energy audit
Sumpton’s Home Energy Advisor conducted a thorough audit that outlined a number of ways that her home could save energy. The energy audit also revealed a surprising fact: Sumpton’s 1974 brick home was less efficient than she’d imagined.
“There were corners of our home that were losing energy, that we had not thought about,” she says. The Home Energy Advisor explained the home’s energy use patterns, and “helped point out what would benefit us more as far as the rebates and energy efficiency.”
Renovations for savings
When the Home Energy Advisor conducted the audit, he calculated that the home rated just 47 out of a possible 100 on the EnerGuide scale, a rating that determines how energy-efficient a home is, compared to other homes of its age in the same area.
The Energy Advisor explained that if Sumpton completed all of the recommended energy-saving renovations, the home could rate as high as 71 on the EnerGuide scale, making it well above average for homes of its age in the area.
Plus, by making all the right energy-saving renovations, Sumpton could reduce the home’s greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 6.3 tonnes per year — a substantial savings.
New furnace, central air conditioner
To hit her target EnerGuide rating, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Sumpton’s Home Energy Advisor suggested she replace her home’s old furnace with a high-efficiency condensing gas furnace. By using less fuel, the furnace would keep the heating bills lower, and by using that fuel more efficiently, it would release fewer greenhouse gases into the air.
Sumpton also chose to install an Energy Star-rated central air conditioner to replace her home’s old air conditioning system. And to keep the furnace and air conditioner working at maximum efficiency, she added insulation to the basement and attic, and replaced the home’s old windows with high-efficiency Energy Star-rated windows.
“The furnace and windows were the biggest,” says Sumpton, who was relieved to have replaced the home’s old energy-leaking windows. “They were California slider windows. I would not want to go through a winter with those windows on the house.”
The new windows are high-efficiency thermal windows that are Energy Star-rated for the London climate zone, which means they’ll help keep Sumpton’s home warmer in winter and cooler in summer — and save on the cost of home energy, too.
Grants and rebates
In the end, Sumpton’s home improvements made her eligible for enough government grants and rebates that she’s pleased to tell other homeowners about the process.
“They have nothing to lose,” she says. “If they are going to do renovations to their home, they might as well get this done.” And, she adds, “It was very easy.”
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Do it right
Each London home has its own specific energy-savings needs, and yours is no different. The right renovations add up to big savings. By following the expert advice of a certified Ontario energy advisor, you’ll make the energy renovations or "retrofits" that are right for your London home — and help improve your energy costs and the London, Ontario environment.
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