E. Webster and her husband had lived in their London, Ontario, cottage for 39 years, and didn’t plan to move.
But as the brick home aged, they started to feel drafts coming from the windows.
Not only was air leaking in through the gaps around the windows, the openings got so large, the Websters began to put rolled-up towels on the window frames to keep things dry whenever it rained.
Home Energy Audit
When the Websters’ friends told them about the tax-free grants and rebates available from the federal government and the Ontario Home Energy Savings program, they decided it was time to make their home more comfortable, and booked a home energy audit right away.
One of the first things they discovered during their home energy audit was how much air leaked through the home’s windows, which were, as they suspected, desperately in need of replacement.
The windows were “leaking more air than I thought,” says Webster, adding that there were “lots of little cracks in nooks and crannies throughout the house that you wouldn’t think were there.”
Energy Star-rated windows
Those cracks accounted for much of the drafts in the Websters’ home. It was clearly time to tighten up the home, so the Websters decided to install 17 new Energy Star-rated windows, which would make a huge difference to the home’s temperature and humidity levels.
They also sealed and weatherstripped around the windows and doors to ensure the home would stay comfortable year-round. “The windows were a big difference; much less drafty,” says Webster.
High-efficiency central air conditioner
Since it was summer when they did their renovations, the Websters also chose to upgrade their central air conditioner, with a new Energy Star-rated central air conditioning system. This high-efficiency system uses less energy overall, keeping their electricity costs lower.
Plus, the home works more efficiently now. In the summer, the new windows prevent solar heat gain through south-facing windows, and keep warm air from seeping in around the windows and frames themselves. In the winter, the windows work the same way for the new high-efficiency condensing gas furnace, which is able to operate with lower fuel costs.
Now that her home is more comfortable and costs less to operate, Webster is considering more renovations. And she’ll certainly think about making more energy-saving upgrades, she says. “Anything to help the environment. A lot of people are going to be in a lot of trouble if they don’t do something about it.”
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