Energy-efficient furnaces, windows and tankless water heaters weren’t something Sasa Bratic and his girlfriend had thought about much — until two years ago, when they moved into their 1977 Toronto home.
“We’ve always lived in apartments, so we didn’t know anything about [this kind of thing],” says Bratic.
As a new homeowner, Bratic wanted to find out what energy-saving renovations might improve the comfort in his Toronto home. And he really wanted to stop the drafts from the two-storey home’s many outdated slider windows. He needed a home energy audit.
Home energy audit
When Bratic had a Toronto Energy Advisor conduct a detailed home energy audit, he discovered he could save energy by improving the home’s water heating system as well as the air heating. During the audit, he also learned he could get government grants and rebates for making energy-saving renovations.
Tankless hot water heater
Following the advice from his home energy audit, Bratic installed a new Energy Star-rated instantaneous gas hot water heater, which saves energy because it provides hot water on demand, instead of keeping a tank full of water hot for 24 hours a day. This tankless system provides a continuous stream of hot water, so there’s always enough for morning showers.
High-efficiency gas furnace
Bratic also chose to replace the Toronto home’s electric baseboard heating system with a new high-efficiency condensing gas furnace. While this renovation required more initial effort, it resulted in more even heat throughout the home. Now, Bratic says, his home is comfortable and warm. Because he’s in Toronto, where natural gas costs less than electricity, “my bills are half of what they used to be.”
Energy Star windows
Keeping costs down is easier now that the heat stays indoors — Bratic replaced his Toronto home’s drafty old windows with 14 new Energy Star-rated high-efficiency windows.
High-efficiency windows contain several layers of glass with an insulating layer of air or inert gas sandwiched in between. Because they provide more effective insulation, Energy Star windows help keep the home more comfortable year-round. And because they close tight, they aren’t prone to drafts.
Grants and rebates
Bratic knows the improvements to his Toronto home have reduced its impact on the environment, because his home’s new EnerGuide score shows the home now produces less greenhouse gases.
He’s pleased, especially since he gets grants and rebates from the Canadian government’s ecoENERGY Retrofit-Homes initiative, and from the Ontario Home Energy Savings program. Bratic says the grants inspired him to do more renovations than he was originally planning, and he encourages other Toronto homeowners considering energy-saving retrofits: “Definitely go for it!” he says.
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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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