If there was a prize for the Ontario homeowner who made the biggest overall improvement to their home energy savings, Mark L. of Toronto would surely be in the running, for all the renovations and improvements he’s made to his 1912 Toronto home.
After having a home energy audit on the two-storey brick home, Mark says it was clear the home had never had any energy-saving upgrades — and its dismal EnerGuide score of 12, out of a possible 100, seemed to confirm that fact. Mark says he knew he’d have a lot of renovations to do — “everything!”
Home energy audit
While Mark knew there was a lot of room to make improvements, he also knew there was a lot of money to be earned through Canada and Ontario government energy grant and rebate programs.
If he followed his Ontario Home Energy Advisor’s recommendations, and made every energy-saving renovation possible, he could earn thousands of dollars in government grants and rebates, and improve the home’s EnerGuide score to 70.
To plan out his renovations and improvements, Mark used the ecoENERGY report that his Home Energy Advisor provided as part of his home energy audit.
Furnace and boiler
The renovation work started with getting rid of the home’s old equipment, and removing old plaster walls. “The furnace was a big, old boiler that took four guys to carry out in pieces,” he says. From there, Mark insulated and reframed the walls, and did the rest of the changes on the list, one by one. “It was a natural progression; one thing at a time.”
Attic and basement insulation
To improve the home’s energy-saving ability, Mark added insulation to the basement, main walls and attic. He also replaced the old boiler with a new high-efficiency boiler that would provide both heating and domestic hot water.
Energy efficient windows
After the insulation and boiler went in, he installed 16 new Energy Star-rated windows, and two Energy Star-rated doors. And, he says, except for the spray foam insulation, he did all the renovations and improvements himself, including the new plumbing, new drywall, and an extension on the bathroom. It took a long time, but the results of the renovations are remarkable: “It’s like a brand new home now.”
Energy savings grants
Thanks to the energy-saving renovations, the home is a lot more comfortable now, Mark adds. It’s “warmer when it should be warmer, and cooler when it should be cooler.” And for his efforts, he was eligible for several thousand dollars’ worth of grants and rebates through the ecoENERGY Retrofit-Homes initiative and the Ontario Home Energy Savings program.
Perhaps there’s an energy-savers prize after all.
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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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