Hidden home expenses, like the cost of operating an inefficient furnace, can go unnoticed — sometimes for years.
But the amount of money spent, energy lost, and greenhouse gases unneccessarily created by an old or inefficient furnace, can add up over those years, too.
Ottawa homeowner Michele Wilson recently learned that very lesson when she had a home energy audit con hadn’t given much thought to her home’s energy efficiency, or the ways she could improve her home with energy-efficient renovations.
But when her Ottawa furnace contractor stopped in for a routine maintenance visit, he explained her old furnace was losing efficiency. As the furnace aged, it burned more natural gas, and extracted less heating energy from that fuel.
That added up to extra costs every year. Wilson’s furnace contractor suggested she have a home energy audit to learn how to save money and energy on heating her home.
Home energy audit
The Ottawa Home Energy Advisor who conducted the home energy audit was thorough, exact and knowledgeable, says Wilson.
He identified ways to improve her home’s energy efficiency by installing a new high-efficiency condensing gas furnace, and by replacing the home’s old air conditioning system with an Energy Star-rated central air conditioner. “It’s a great process,” she says. “It will reassure you as to your level of efficiency.”
Grants and rebates
The improvements cost a lot, but Wilson knew they would mean substantial energy cost savings in the coming years. Plus, the Energy Advisor helped her qualify for energy-saving renovation and improvement grants and rebates from the Canadian and Ontario government.
Between the long-term cost savings and the combined grants and rebates, the total added up to big savings — of both energy and money — for the Ottawa homeowner.
Wilson anticipates saving money on her future gas and electricity costs, but in the meantime, she’s already noticed an important difference in her home: it’s more comfortable. And she’s glad not to spend extra money on home heating and cooling any more, because the energy assessment made sure she made the most efficient improvements to her home.
“[It was] much worth the effort,” says Wilson, who would certainly recommend other Canadians considering energy renovations to go ahead with their improvements. “I would say, ‘don’t hesitate’.”
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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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