Matt Kropac and his wife had lived in their Ottawa home for about a year and a half — long enough to get familiar with its costs and quirks — when they decided it was time for a home energy audit.
“We knew that we wanted to renovate the basement,” says Kropac. “We also wanted to upgrade the oil furnace.”
They knew that having a home energy audit was the first step toward getting government grants and rebates, and that the audit would help them determine the best home renovations and improvements for their Ottawa home.
They were right — their Ottawa Energy Advisor gave them unbiased advice about energy-saving renovations, and showed them where their home was losing the most heat during chilly Ottawa winters.
One of the home’s biggest energy-losing areas was the basement walls, which accounted for 21 percent of the home’s overall energy loss — largely because they had no insulation at all.
To prevent further energy loss, Kropac insulated his home’s basement headers and basement walls, adding R-20 insulation to 100 percent of the basement headers and a mixture of R-10 and R-23 insulation to the basement’s foundation walls. That made a huge difference to the home’s overall comfort.
To improve the home’s air-tightness, Kropac also sealed the gaps in between the insulation sections (see photo) to prevent air from traveling through the walls. This air-sealing work prevents drafts and chilly spots in the basement, and helps prevent further heat and energy loss.
Kropac did the insulation and air sealing work himself, and says “even though it was a long and tedious process, I would do it that way again.” The results, he adds, have been worthwhile. “The basement is a lot warmer and the bills are slightly lower.”
One of the biggest energy-saving changes the Kropacs made to their home was to replace their old low-efficiency oil furnace with a new high-efficiency condensing gas furnace.
This Energy Star-rated furnace uses less fuel because it captures heat from the escaping combustion gases, as well as from burning the fuel. It also has a small fan powered by a high-efficiency DC motor, which circulates air evenly through the home — making sure that every bit of warmed air gets where it’s needed most.
Grants and rebates
By participating in the Canada ecoENERGY Retrofit-Homes program, the Kropacs automatically qualified for matching grants and rebates from the Ontario government’s Home Energy Savings program.
That meant that for every dollar they received from the federal government, they received another dollar from the province of Ontario. The grants, says Kropac, “were a huge factor ... it was nice to re-coup on the cost.”
He says the whole process was a “fairly painless” and “positive” experience, and says other Canadians should participate in the program for the energy savings it promotes. “The way the world is going, we need to be active in conserving energy,” he says.
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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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