When she bought her 1927 Toronto home home two years ago, Toronto homeowner Joanne Brady recalls, the brick walls had no insulation, and the windows were at least 25 years old — plus the old boiler heating system and hot water tank were failing, and had to be removed.
It was a lovely home, but it clearly needed a lot of renovations and improvements to improve its energy efficiency. Brady decided to have a home energy audit, to help her decide where to start.
Brady booked her home energy audit with a Toronto Home Energy Advisor, who explained which energy-savings upgrades would make the biggest difference to her home, and showed her how much she could earn in renovation grants from the Canada and Ontario governments.
The more renovations and improvements she made, the more grants and rebates she could earn. She says she wanted to learn more about home energy efficiency “To save on fuel, for the environment and to decrease the monthly budget.”
Brady decided to renovate her home with some of the best energy saving equipment available. She chose a high-efficiency condensing gas furnace with a DC-variable speed motor, an Energy Star-rated central air conditioner, low-flush toilets and a high-efficiency Energy Star-rated hot water heater.
She also added energy-saving thermal windows that are Energy Star-rated for the Toronto climate zone, and installed insulation in the home’s main walls and attic.
Overall, it added up to a package of long-term home energy savings, government grants and rebates from Canada and the province of Ontario, and a more efficient, comfortable home.
Grants and rebates
Brady says the renovations have made a huge difference to her Toronto home. “The comfort level has changed unbelievably,” she says. Brady’s house is warmer in the Toronto winters, and she’s seen “a significant decrease in our hydro bills.”
Because she did so many renovations, the government grants and rebates really helped offset the overall costs. “The grants helped with the quality of the upgrades that we did,” Brady adds.
Like many homeowners in Toronto, Brady chose the higher-efficiency furnace and air conditioner, even though they were more expensive, because she knew she would receive grants for them.
Plus, by using less energy, they’ll cost less in the long run. “It is the best grant program and the best process I’ve ever experienced,” says Brady. “It was great.” And, she says, the whole process was remarkably simple. “It was so smooth. Very easy.”
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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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