As the mom of young kids, Vancouver-Delta homeowner Becky Palmer feels strongly about preserving the environment for the future. Plus, she and her husband also need to preserve their finances to support their growing family.
So five years ago, when they moved into their 1980 home in a community near Vancouver, they knew making energy-saving changes would be part of their plan.
“We’ve been looking at ways to lower our electricity usage and be more efficient,” says Palmer.
The Palmers had a home energy audit to qualify for grants and rebates through the Canadian government’s ecoENERGY Retrofit-Homes initiative.
During the audit, she says, “we learned about many different ways, from simple adjustments to major alterations, to make our home more energy efficient.” And she was surprised, too — at “how inefficient our home was.”
One of the Palmers’ first tasks was to install a new high-efficiency furnace to replace the home’s old mid-efficiency one. “We were constantly adjusting the thermostat and not getting any effect. We weren’t sure if it was even working anymore,” says Palmer.
The new condensing natural gas furnace has a 95 percent efficiency. It costs less to operate because it uses less fuel to produce the same amount of heat, and circulates that heat more efficiently through the home.
Insulation and air sealing
After installing the new furnace, Palmer says she and her husband asked themselves what they could do next to further improve the environment and their cost savings. They referred to the information package their Home Energy Advisor prepared during their energy audit, and found it included a handy checklist of renovations they could make to save the most energy.
By insulating their home’s basement walls, they could not only improve the home’s efficiency, but earn grants to help offset the insulation cost. And by doing air sealing, to make sure air wouldn’t move through tiny gaps in the home’s walls and around the windows and doors, they would save even more money and energy.
Save energy, save money
Palmer is glad she and her husband did their energy-saving renovations, because she knows it helps the environment. “We’re living our values,” she says. Palmer suggests other homeowners should follow her example. “Go for it sooner than later. There’s so much we can do that not only makes a difference in home savings, but the environment as well ... and we all reap the rewards from a better environment.”
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