As a homeowner, it's important to keep your energy costs under control throughout the year, while still living comfortably with your family in the home. The best way to achieve this is to identify and complete any home renovations that will improve the efficiency of your home, right away. Figuring out which changes need to be made will not only save you money and make your home more comfortable, but it will also likely add value to your home in the long run. Aside from saving money every month on your utility bills, think about how much more desirable your home will be to potential buyers when you decide to sell.
If you are thinking of selling your home in the next few years, it's a good idea to make improvements now, because homebuyers are more likely to be interested in purchasing an energy efficient home. For many years, consumers have been able to buy cars and appliances based on their energy performance but homebuyers had no way of knowing the potential energy costs of homes they were viewing. That meant sometimes choosing a home that ended up costing more than anticipated due to poor energy performance. So as a homeowner, it's important that you take care of this...
HOW can you find out if your home is energy-efficient, and what changes need to be made before you should sell? The best way is to take advantage of a government service called, “The Energuide Home Evaluation Program”. An EnerGuide home evaluation is a service offered under the EnerGuide Rating System initiative and is the first step in smart home renovations that will improve the energy efficiency of your home.
WHY should you have your home evaluated? Here are a couple of reasons found on the Natural Resources Canada website:
1. Energy retrofits can reduce your home’s energy bills, operating costs and environmental impact, while increasing comfort, durability and resale values.
2. An energy advisor, who represents a licensed service organization, will evaluate your home from the attic to the basement, including a test to measure air leakage.
3. You receive a personalized report with professional energy efficiency recommendations of the best upgrades for your home.
4. You will be given a rating that indicates your home's current level of energy efficiency compared to similar homes in your area and our potential rating after retrofitting.
5. You will receive a label that indicates the rating you received to affix to your home's electrical panel.
6. If selling your renovated home, you can promote your rating, as it is a standardized and objective measurement of energy efficiency according to the Government of Canada.
The demand for energy efficient homes has risen dramatically over the last few years due to the fact that they provide their owners with lower utility and maintenance costs, higher home comfort, and increased home value.
There's no time to waste, set up an Energuide Home Evaluation right away.
For information about the Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) EnerGuide home evaluations and EnerGuide labels for appliances, equipment and vehicles, check out the NRCan website