All homes were not created equal when it comes to energy use. Newer dwellings are typically built with conservation
in mind, whereas older houses often have a few shortcomings to address.
Source: Statistics Canada, Households and the Environment: Energy Use
How do you know if your home is wasting valuable resources on a regular basis? A home energy audit detects specific deficiencies and suggests improvement projects that will have the biggest impact. Correcting any issues that are found should work to reduce your home’s overall energy consumption and trim your monthly household budget.
You can conduct an inspection yourself, contact your local utility company or hire an independent energy auditor for a thorough review. A professional may use sophisticated equipment such as blower doors, infrared cameras and surface thermometers to isolate air leaks and drafts.
Give it a checkup:
Assess insulation levels in the attic, walls, ceilings, floors and any crawl spaces. Reducing the flow of warm
and cold air between the inside and the outdoors will also make the interior more comfortable year round.
Look for cracks or openings around walls, ceilings, chimneys, windows, doors, plumbing fixtures, electrical
switches and outlets or any other place that air can leak into or out of your home. Pay special attention to the
fireplace flue and areas with noticeable drafts. Make sure appliances and heating/cooling systems work well and are maintained according to the manufacturers’ recommendations.
How Homes Changed for the Better:
According to the most recent government surveys, Canadians who made at least one retrofit for the sake
of energy efficiency chose the following:
- 31% doors/windows/siding/caulking
- 27% HVAC Equipment
- 14% roofing
- 14% insulation
- 14% other
36% of Canadians now have a programmable thermostat.
33% have switched out 5 or more standard lights with energy-saving CFLs.
9 out of 10 homebuyers say they are likely to look for an energy-efficient home in the future.
Source: Ottawa East EMC News