Toronto homeowner Barbara Seagram replaced the furnace, central air conditioner and windows in her 1935 Toronto home — and says it was all because of former United States president Bill Clinton.
When Clinton, whom she greatly admires, spoke at Toronto’s Green Living Show in 2008, he raised issues about home energy use and greener living. His comments made Seagram wonder how much greenhouse gas she could save by renovating her Toronto home with a few energy-saving improvements.
Home energy audit
To figure out her home’s current energy use, and the improvements she could make, Seagram had a home energy audit conducted by a certified Toronto Home Energy Advisor.
Not only did the audit qualify her for ecoENERGY grants and Ontario government rebates, but it showed her how much of a difference she could make to the environment, just by renovating her Toronto home.
Seagram learned that energy-saving renovations and improvements to her home could potentially save eight tonnes of greenhouse gases per year — and that she could earn more than $6,000 in combined government grants and rebates for making those improvements. The price tag for the renovations was high, but news of the grants helped her decide to go ahead despite the cost.
To begin with, Seagram installed a new high-efficiency gas furnace with a DC-variable speed motor, which makes the heating in her home more consistent, and gives her lower energy costs.
Because this type of furnace burns less fuel to begin with, and extracts more heat energy from the fuel it uses, it helps Seagram lower her overall energy use, and reduces the amount of greenhouse gases her home contributes to the immediate Toronto environment.
Air conditioner and windows
Seagram also installed an Energy Star-rated central air conditioner, which uses less energy and is among the most energy-efficient types of central air conditioners available today. To keep her Toronto home from losing energy through the panes of glass on the old windows, Seagram installed all new high-efficiency windows, Energy Star-rated for the Toronto climate zone.
These windows help keep the indoor air temperature more constant in both winter and summer, which means it takes less energy to keep the home comfortable. The results of these energy-saving renovations and improvements make a measurable difference to her home’s greenhouse gas emissions — something former president Clinton would surely approve of.
“We owe it to the environment and our future to reduce our carbon footprint,” says Seagram, who highly recommends other Canadians take advantage of the federal ecoENERGY Retrofit-Homes program for any type of energy renovations on their homes.
“It saves you money on your bill and the grants help to pay for the upgrades.”
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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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