With four active boys, Maria Senger had all but given up on the old windows in her 1974 Kelowna-area home.
“A golf ball went through one, and then a football. And a pine cone,” she says. “I just gave up replacing them — windows are so expensive.”
And with 20 old windows to fix, she knew that choosing energy-efficient replacement windows could cost a lot.
But then the Kelowna-area homeowner heard about Canadian government grants and rebates that would help offset the cost of new windows and other energy-saving renovations and improvements. Senger decided to participate in the grant program to offset the costs of her new furnace and other renovations.
Home energy audit
Senger booked an appointment with a BC Home Energy Advisor, who conducted a detailed audit on Senger’s home, looking for places that it lost energy.
“It was great. He came and explained to me how everything worked. He was very pleasant,” says Senger. “He went through the house and he explained what I would need to make my house energy efficient.”
Thanks to her home energy audit, Senger discovered that by making energy-saving renovations and improvements to her home, including installing new high-efficiency windows, a new high-efficiency gas furnace, and doing air sealing to prevent drafts, she could earn thousands of dollars in Canadian government energy grant money.
Energy Star windows
After her initial home energy assessment, Senger installed a new high-efficiency gas furnace with a DC variable-speed motor, as well as new high-efficiency windows that are Energy Star-rated for the Kelowna climate zone.
“It’s made an incredible difference,” she says of the more efficient windows. “With the old windows, it was incredibly hot in the house [in summer]. This year we only had one small air conditioner upstairs.”
Besides the replacement windows, Senger invested in new Energy Star-rated doors, additional insulation, and air sealing to make sure no drafts could get in, and no warm air could leak out.
Renovations improve efficiency
The combination of energy-saving renovations and improvements means that Senger’s 40-year-old Kelowna-area home now uses much less fuel, and therefore costs less to operate. In the winter, Senger says she can keep the thermostat at 18 C, “not at 23 to 25, just to keep us comfortable.”
Plus, by saving energy, she’s saving money on her gas and electricity bills while still staying warm. “Now it’s nice and comfy.”
Senger explains that her home is where all the kids on the block hang out, which is fine with her — especially since her boys can’t do the same kind of damage to the windows as they used to. That’s because the high-efficiency windows are remarkably strong. “You could hit these windows with a soccer ball and they wouldn’t break.”
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