When Patricia Saunders was shopping for a new home in Windsor, Ontario, she figured out a great way to stretch her house-buying dollars: She looked for homes that needed energy improvements.
“I’d heard rumblings about the kinds of [retrofit] grants the government would be giving, and that was in the back of my head,” she says.
Because she knew she could get money back from a Canadian government grant program, she chose a house that needed lots of energy-saving renovations, including a new higher-efficiency furnace and a new energy-efficient air conditioner.
And there was no doubt that the 22 old windows would need to be replaced. “When the wind blew, they rattled.”
But knowing there were a lot of renovations and improvements to do didn't worry her too much. “No property you’re going to look at is perfect,” she reflects.
Home energy audit
After she bought her Windsor home, Saunders arranged an energy audit visit from an Ontario Home Energy Advisor. “He was great, made lots of great suggestions,” she says.
The Energy Advisor explained how Saunders could best improve her new Windsor home by renovating to reduce its energy use. He confirmed that the home would need insulation, new windows and a higher-efficiency furnace, and told Saunders about government grants that could offset the costs of renovations.
From there, Saunders followed the Energy Advisor’s suggestions and made her energy-saving improvements. “We bought in March, and did most of our renos over the summer.”
Energy Star doors
Besides the energy savings and grant money, Saunders quickly discovered another surprise benefit to making energy-saving renovations: Her home was a lot quieter. “We’re on a major street,” she explains. “While we had a gorgeous door, we had a lot of road noise.”
That was because the old door wasn’t airtight. Not only did it let dust, noise and pollution in to the Windsor home, but it let warm airescape in the winter. Over the course of the renovations, Saunders says, “We ... discovered you could see the street through the brickwork where the frame was.”
The new Energy Star-rated door is air-tight and the home is much more soundproof. “It does make a difference in the sound levels ... and the windows don’t rattle any more.”
Home energy renovation
Saunders loves having a comfortable, quiet house, and “knowing I’m not going to have to worry about the furnace for 10 or 15 years.” That’s a good investment, because when you’re buying a new home, you’re bound to have a lot of renovation expenses anyway.
“This stuff needs to be done, and you’re going to do it,” she says. “I even ended up with energy-saving appliances.”
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Each Windsor 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 Windsor home — and help improve your energy costs and the Windsor environment.
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