When Lisa Kemerer bought her 1925 Toronto home, she faced the same thing many new homeowners face: a lot of improvements and renovations.
Since she’s also particularly conscious of her energy use, she knew a lot of those renovations would be energy-saving improvements and retrofits: “I didn’t want to pay for heat leaking out of the attic,” she says.
A smart consumer, Kemerer researched the various renovations she could make to improve her Toronto home — and the many government grants and rebates she could receive for making energy-saving choices.
She decided to have a home energy audit to decide what renovations to do first, and to qualify for home improvement grants and rebates from Canada’s ecoENERGY Retrofit-Homes and Ontario’s Home Energy Savings programs.
When Kemerer’s Toronto Home Energy Advisor conducted the energy assessment, he determined the best energy-saving renovations for Kemerer’s home.
It was a long list, but one with lots of potential: if she installed a new high-efficiency gas boiler, replaced her old windows with Energy Star-rated windows, installed a low-flow toilet, and added insulation to her home’s basement, attic and main walls, she could improve her home’s EnerGuide rating from 38 to 70, on a scale of 100.
The improvements could also reduce her home’s greenhouse gas emissions by 6.3 tonnes a year.
Kemerer followed her Toronto Home Energy Advisor’s suggestions. She added extra loose fill insulation to her attic, and used spray foam insulation in her basement to seal and insulate the basement headers.
She installed a new high-efficiency boiler, and even replaced the home’s old toilet with a new low-flush one. She also replaced several windows and doors with high-efficiency Energy Star-rated ones. The grants and rebates from the Canadian and Ontario governments partially offset the cost of renovations.
Grants and rebates
“It is a fantastic opportunity,” Kemerer says. “If you are having renovations done to your home you might as well go through the program. It makes more sense to go through the program and receive the grants for the upgrades, rather than pay for the upgrades without any rebate incentive.”
Plus, she says, “Everyone needs to be conscious about how they impact the environment and the reduction of greenhouse gases ... It’s worth it. After my parents saw what it did to my house they are going through the program themselves to improve their farmhouse.”
Toronto homeowners can choose from a shopping list of renovation grants from the Government of Canada:
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Do it right
Each Toronto 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 Toronto home — and help improve your energy costs and the Greater Toronto environment.
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