The old furnace in Mark Whitwill’s Ottawa home had been there “since day one,” he says. Since the semi-detached bungalow was built in the 1950s, and Whitwell has been living there since 1990, it was clearly time for a change.
It makes some environmental sense to use any piece of equipment for as long as possible, rather than continually upgrading it whenever a new, improved model comes along.
But the energy- and money-saving improvements that come with installing a new high-efficiency condensing gas furnace make both economic and environmental sense.
Home energy audit
During a home energy audit of his Ottawa home, a certified Ontario Home Energy Advisor told Whitwill that space heating accounted for 54 percent of the home’s energy use — more than double the energy Whitwill used for either hot water heating, or operating lights and appliances. By installing a more efficient furnace, plus improving his windows and doors to Energy Star-rated ones, Whitwill could save up to 42 percent on his home energy use — which translates into 42 percent less in fuel bills each month.
Environmentally speaking, Whitwill learned that just a few simple home energy renovations and improvements could reduce the amount of greenhouse gases his Ottawa home creates.
The Home Energy Advisor estimated that improving the home’s energy use could reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 1.5 tonnes a year. That’s a significant environmental improvement for one person to make, simply by making a few renovations to their home.
Plus, Whitwill is reaping the rewards of having a new, more efficient furnace in his home. Not only does he spend less on home heating, but the home is more comfortable in the winter.
Grants and rebates
That’s the kind of renovation that not only makes economic sense, but improves Whitwill’s quality of life. And the ecoENERGY Retrofit-Homes grants, plus grants and rebates through the Ontario government’s Home Energy Savings program, helped him offset the cost of the new furnace.
Whitwill says he would definitely encourage others in Ontario and Canada to take advantage of government grant and rebate programs. It was, he adds, a “positive experience.”
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Each Ottawa 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 Ottawa home — and help improve your energy costs and the Ottawa, Ontario environment.
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