S.Bennett, a homeowner in the Vancouver-area community of Delta, BC, had lived in her end-unit townhouse for six years, and had noticed over time that the windows were starting to have problems.
“The sealing … on the windows was gone and they were very foggy,” she explains. It was clearly time for new windows. Like many people do when they want ideas, prices and options for their home renovations, Bennett visited her local hardware superstore.
There, she saw a display of energy-saving thermal windows, which can help reduce home energy loss, improve indoor air quality, and make a home look better. She also learned that high-efficiency Energy Star-rated windows could qualify for grants and rebates from the Canadian government.
After having a home energy audit, which qualified her for federal ecoENERGY grants, Bennett had contractors install 19 new thermal windows that are Energy Star-rated for the Vancouver climate zone.
Because thermal windows have an additional layer of insulating air or inert gas between their glass panes, they help homes stay warmer. “It took a lot of work to have the old ones pulled out and the new ones installed, but [the hardware store’s contractors] did a great job,” says Bennett.
The new windows make the home more airtight, which means Bennett saves heating and cooling energy. She also has cleaner indoor air, because pollen and pollution no longer creep in through tiny cracks around the windows. And the windows don’t fog up any more, either.
High-efficiency gas furnace
When Bennett had her home energy audit, her BC Home Energy Advisor suggested that in addition to the windows, she should replace her home’s old furnace with a new high-efficiency natural gas furnace.
Not only would she get additional government grants and rebates for the furnace, but she’d end up with lower gas bills, because the new furnace would use less fuel. To see even more savings, the advisor suggested she install a low-flow toilet to conserve water.
Lower bills, more energy savings
The result of her renovations has been excellent, says Bennett, who’s now saving approximately 25 percent on her home heating bills. The windows have cut down the outside noise, the furnace is quieter, and the house is more comfortable. Plus, she adds, “I can see out the windows! I’m helping the environment, and I’m saving money.”
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