Some kinds of school work can make for rewarding home work, at least for London, Ontario, homeowner Kimberly Broad.
Broad’s daughter was studying the environment at school, where she learned about a government program meant to help Canadians improve their homes and the environment.
After hearing about the government renovation grants and rebates available through the ecoENERGY Retrofit-Homes initiative, Broad decided this was the kind of homework her daughter could bring home more often.
Home energy audit
To qualify for government grants and rebates, Broad had a London Home Energy Advisor conduct a detailed home energy audit on her home.
It was a “pleasant” process that showed Broad how her 1964 London home could reduce its operating costs and its impact on the environment. During the audit, she learned “We were losing heat out the fireplace, and the insulation wasn’t taken up to the ceiling.”
The energy advisor also told her that fixing the draftiness, and installing energy-efficient equipment like a new condensing gas furnace, would help the home use less energy — and therefore create less greenhouse gas emissions.
High-efficiency gas furnace
For their first renovation, Broad and her family chose to install a new high-efficiency condensing gas furnace, with a DC variable-speed motor.
She says the furnace heats the home more evenly now, because the motor powers a small fan that circulates the warm air more efficiently: “The furnace doesn’t either blow, or not — it has degrees.”
Energy Star-rated windows
To keep the warm air inside the house, Broad had a London contractor seal gaps in the home’s structure and around its windows.
She also replaced 10 of the home’s old windows with new high-efficiency windows that were Energy Star-rated for the London climate zone. And, she installed a new Energy Star-rated patio door, which helps keep the home cozy, too.
“We’re glad we did it. It’s more comfortable in the home,” Broad says. “The furnace is reliable and the windows are airtight ... We have a much greener home as a result.”
Other Canadians and London-area residents should consider doing this kind of energy saving home work, too, she says. “It’s your responsibility to participate for the planet.”
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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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