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The Value of an Energy Efficient Home

What is Home Energy Efficiency?

Home Energy Efficiency is about achieving the same (or a higher) level of comfort in a home, while using less energy and saving money on rising energy costs. But how do we know what a home's energy usage is, or where those unexpected cold drafts are coming from? Wouldn't it be nice to know these things before signing on the dotted line?

What Does an Energy Efficient Home Look Like?

Any home can be energy efficient (or not) regardless of when it was built. When it comes to energy efficiency, looks can be deceiving and both new and older homes often have room for energy-saving improvements.

Once the source of high energy costs, such as hidden air leaks, is identified — the fix becomes so much easier.

Top 6 Ways to Save on Energy

  1. Sealed air leaks for an air-tight home
  2. Upgraded insulation in the basement and attic
  3. High-efficiency heating and cooling
  4. High performance windows
  5. ENERGY STAR® appliances
  6. LED light bulbs

The Many Benefits of an Energy Efficient Home

  • Value: Home efficiency upgrades add value to your home, increasing the resale value and extending the life of your home.
  • Comfort: Canadians spend a lot of time in their homes. An energy efficient home reduces drafts and keeps you warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.
  • Lower energy bills: Living in an energy efficient building can result in a 30% decrease of your energy bills.
  • Lower environmental impact: An efficient home uses less energy, meaning less Green House Gas being released into the environment.

HOME SELLERS

What You Need To Know

  • Energy efficiency is rated as three of ten top selling features when looking to buy a home
    • SOURCE – 2015 Canadian Home Buyer Preference National Study, Canadian Home Builders’ Association
  • Know the benefits of an energy efficient home and how they can improve your quality of life, lower your energy bills, and reduce your carbon footprint.
  • The home’s energy efficiency rating. Energy ratings and labels such as EnerGuide, ENERGY STAR, or R-2000 labels help Canadians make informed choices on energy efficiency.
    • To find out, suggest the homeowner have a Home Energy Assessment completed by a Registered Energy Advisor. Contact Windfall Centre for assistance in booking an audit. There are many incentive programs and rebates available to improve the home’s efficiency.

HOME BUYERS

What You Need To Know

  • Look for the energy efficiency ratings and labels on the home. A more efficient home means savings on your utility bills
    • If the home has an EnerGuide rating, it means the home has had an efficiency assessment completed. If the evaluation report is available, you can find out which areas have been upgraded for efficiency, and which areas still need improvement.

The EnerGuide Rating System

The EnerGuide Rating System and home energy assessments are designed to help homeowners increase the energy-efficiency and comfort of their homes. It is also an initiative that helps consumers purchase the most energy-efficient equipment on the market. Natural Resources Canada also created the ENERGY STAR label to differentiate between the top 20% and the highest class of efficiency equipment. A list of available ENERGY STAR products is available on the NRCan website.

The EnerGuide rating demonstrates the performance of a home. Shown in gigajoules, the lower the rating, the less energy the house consumes.

The EnerGuide rating shows how your home's performance compares to a benchmark house. It breaks down the energy consumed by each source, and shows the home's Greenhouse Gas Emissions.

Registered Home Energy Evaluations

A Home Energy Evaluation, by a Registered Energy Advisor, provides an objective review of the energy use in a home and determines a rating based on a scientific assessment and the EnerGuide Rating System.

more: Home Energy Evaluations

With a Home Energy Evaluation you gain the knowledge and information your client needs to make an accurate assessment of a home's energy performance.

Don't Get Stuck with Unexpected Energy Costs

Know Your Energy Score

it's as simple as...

1. Book a Home Energy Evaluation

Contact Windfall Ecology Centre to book a home energy evaluation. A Registered Energy Advisor will do a complete on-site diagnostic on the house and determine it's energy performance.

Book a Home Energy Evaluation

Call Toll Free: 1.866.280.4431

Book online

2. Get Your EnerGuide Rating

The Windfall Home Energy Advisor will provide a detailed report and unbiased advice on possible options, incentives, and rebates to improve the energy score if possible

Book a Home Energy Evaluation

Call Toll Free: 1.866.280.4431

Book online

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