The two-bedroom bungalow Gerhard Bress and his wife have lived in for the past 17 years is relatively energy-efficient, like many Kelowna, BC, homes of its age. But for these retired Kelowna homeowners, the home’s old furnace spelled trouble.
The old furnace had to be serviced frequently, Bress explains, and while it worked well enough, he felt it wasted natural gas.
So when he spotted an advertisement in his local newspaper about the Canadian government’s ecoENERGY Retrofit-Homes program, he decided to have a BC Energy Advisor do a home energy audit on his home. That way, he could qualify for government grants and rebates to offset the costs of replacing his furnace.
The Kelowna Energy Advisor visited Bress’ home to conduct a thorough audit of its structure, energy efficiency, and heating and cooling equipment.
“The auditor was very nice, informative, and honest,” says Bress. The energy advisor told him how to renovate his home to make it warmer and less drafty — and to become eligible for government grants.
Bress also learned that his home scored 64 on the Canadian EnerGuide for Houses scale, out of a possible 100. “Compared to other B.C. houses, this one was in good shape,” says Bress.
High-efficiency gas furnace
The energy audit also confirmed Bress’ suspicions about the home’s old furnace: it was time for a replacement, preferably with a high-efficiency furnace that would be eligible for a government grant.
Bress installed a Carrier brand high-efficiency natural gas furnace, with an annual fuel use efficiency of 96 percent. “That and the air sealing brought our home from [a score] of 64 to 74.”
The air sealing work on Bress’ home included sealing cracks and gaps around the windows and in the fireplace, which leaked a significant amount of air.
Air sealing helps keep homes warm in winter and cool in summer because it prevents indoor and outdoor air from moving through gaps in the home’s structure. Air sealing helps furnaces and air conditioners function more efficiently by keeping more of the warmed or cooled air indoors, where it belongs.
These renovations have resulted in significant energy savings, despite more extreme weather conditions. “Our winter was worse this year, but the bills were still lower than last year,” says Bress.
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