Ottawa homeowner Ms. Lachance knew it was smart to seal off drafts to save on energy and home heating costs. Every winter, she put plastic over her windows to keep cold drafts out of her single-storey 1959 brick home.
But she wanted to do more improvements to her home, and wondered which renovations would make her home more energy efficient.
To learn about her home’s energy use, Lachance booked a home energy audit with a certified Ottawa Home Energy Advisor. Not only did the audit qualify her for grants and rebates from the governments of Ontario and Canada, but it taught her a lot about how she could improve her home’s energy use, and save a bundle of money in the process.
For one thing, says Lachance, the Home Energy Advisor surprised her by demonstrating that the plastic she'd used to cover her windows wasn’t saving as much energy as it could. “When he did the smoke test, that was amazing,” she says, describing how her Home Energy Advisor used a “smoke pencil” to make wisps of smoke follow air currents moving around the home’s windows and doors.
Lachance says the smoke let her see exactly where the drafts were – and they weren’t where she’d thought. Instead, the drafts were actually worse above the window frames – where even the plastic didn’t reach.
Lachance discovered if all the cracks and gaps in her home were put together, they would have made a hole measuring 109 square inches. Clearly, she needed to do some energy-saving renovations to make her home more energy efficient.
Insulation and weather stripping
To prevent the drafts from coming in around the windows, Lachance decided to air seal her home. As part of this simple process, she installed expanding foam insulation inside the window frames. She also weatherstripped and caulked around the windows themselves, and repaired her chimney to make sure no air could move through the brickwork.
Improving her air tightness by more than 10 percent meant she qualified for energy efficiency grants and rebates from the Canadian and Ontario governments, which helped offset the cost of the materials she used.
In addition to air sealing her home, Lachance completed her energy-saving renovations and improvements with a new high-efficiency gas furnace. The new furnace uses less natural gas than the old one, and the heat it generates keeps the home warmer because there are fewer gaps and cracks in the home, where the warm air could escape.
That not only means her home is warmer, says Lachance, but it also means her natural gas costs are lower because she’s not wasting the warm air. “Now I’m containing the heat.”
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