One of the nice things about living in Vancouver is that winters are typically warmer than elsewhere in the country.
But one drawback to west coast living is that many homes, especially older ones like Brenda P.’s two-storey Vancouver character home, were built without sufficient insulation in their walls.
And when the coastal winters bring wind and rain storms, the wind can blow hard enough to rattle the windows and cause the kind of drafts that had bothered Brenda for the past two decades.
Brenda had learned to cope with the drafts in her 1911 home, but she also knew it would be a good idea to renovate, to make her living space more comfortable.
When Brenda saw a television program about energy audits, she learned there were government grants and rebates to help with the cost of making her home more energy efficient.
By improving her home’s energy use, she could not only save money on home heating costs, but she’d be able to reduce her home’s environmental footprint as well.
She booked an appointment for an energy audit with a Vancouver Energy Advisor, who explained all of the ways her home’s energy use could be improved.
Brenda says she’d thought the home’s single pane windows were causing most of the home’s drafts, but when she had the home energy audit, she discovered another story. The Energy Advisor explained that like many other homes of its age, Brenda’s home needed better insulation.
“The walls were the biggest problem; where most of the heat was being lost,” she says. By adding insulation to the home’s walls, she could save on heating bills and keep the heat inside.
Loose fill insulation
Brenda hired a contractor to blow loose fill insulation into the cavities of the home’s main walls. The contractors drilled small holes on the home’s exterior, used special equipment to install the insulation, and repaired the holes immediately afterwards. The home was instantly more energy efficient, because the insulation prevented heat from transferring through the walls.
Brenda also hired contractors do air sealing. This simple process prevents drafts from creeping in around the window frames, down the chimney and through small cracks and gaps in the home’s structure. It keeps the home warmer, and prevents pollution and insects from entering the home.
Now, Brenda says the house is less drafty and a little warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. Even warmer, though, is the feeling that she’s doing her part for the environment. “Knowing we’re not wasting as much energy,” is great, she says. So is “having a more comfortable home.”
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