When May C.’s Ottawa workplace held an “environment day,” she learned a lot about how climate change can be slowed by saving energy — and discovered ways to save huge amounts of energy by renovating her Ottawa home.
After she heard about ways to reduce her home’s greenhouse gas emissions and decrease her annual fuel bills, May says she knew it was time to make a few energy-saving changes—starting with her 1985 townhome’s heating system. “I needed to get the furnace done. It was original to the house, and I didn’t want to be in the situation where it broke down in the middle of winter,” she says.
To prepare for her renovations, May researched various models of new gas furnaces. She knew a high-efficiency gas furnace made sense for her home’s heating needs — it would use less fuel, and contribute less greenhouse gas to the environment. But she wasn’t sure she could make up the difference in price between the high-efficiency model and a lower-cost mid-efficiency gas furnace.
That’s when May remembered something else she learned at her Ottawa workplaces’s Environment Day: she could get government grants for high-efficiency gas furnaces and other energy-saving renovations. All she had to do to qualify was have a home energy audit before she installed the new furnace.
Home energy audit
May’s Ottawa furnace contractor put her in touch with an Ottawa Home Energy Advisor. At a home energy audit, the Advisor helped May figure out which energy-saving renovations could make her home most energy-efficient.
The advisor also confirmed that May could get government grants and rebates for her renovations and improvements. “He was really good about filling in the provincial and federal forms,” she says. Plus, May’s furnace contractor also helped her get a few hundred dollars back in manufacturer’s rebates, which she says made an important difference because they allowed her to choose a high-efficiency furnace instead of a mid-efficiency one.
When May got her new Carrier Infinity high-efficiency gas furnace and programmable electronic thermostat installed in her Ottawa home, she says her research efforts had clearly paid off. Without the government grants and rebates, she wouldn’t have been able to make the energy-saving choice. “If they didn’t have the grants, I probably would have gone with a mid-efficiency furnace.”
But because she got government grant money back, she says, “I paid the same price for a top-of-the-line high-efficiency furnace, as my neighbour did for a mid-efficiency furnace.”
Thanks to her Ontario Home Energy Advisor, who examined the overall efficiency of her home, May discovered that besides the furnace, her home was in “pretty good shape.”
Even so, the Energy Advisor told her about several simple renovations she could do to save even more energy, and keep her natural gas bills lower by helping her new furnace function even more efficiently.
The most important of these renovations was air sealing — closing up small gaps and cracks in the home’s structure to prevent drafts. May followed her Home Energy Advisor’s suggestions. She put caulking around the windows, and installed foam gaskets in the electrical outlets — small changes that she says “made a measurable difference.”
The improvements to May’s Ottawa home have been noticeable, not just in terms of her lower gas bills and reduced greenhouse gas emissions, but also in terms of her home’s overall comfort level.
Since the new furnace was installed, she says, “the temperature in my home is much more even, especially at night in the winter, when it cools down. The bedroom is more comfortable.” She says she’s happy with the energy renovations process. “It was really simple ... It was easy.”
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Each Ottawa 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 Ottawa home — and help improve your energy costs and the Ottawa, Ontario environment.
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