At Greensaver, we are experts in energy efficiency. This article will discuss everything you need to know about one of our main lines of work: home energy evaluations.
What is a Home Energy Evaluation?
A home energy evaluation involves a certified energy advisor coming to look at your home to determine its energy efficiency. The auditor then looks for opportunities to help you save energy.
Our team of skilled experts is EnerGuide Certified. Energuide is the official Government of Canada energy performance rating. Therefore, we can complete an EnerGuide home energy evaluation of your home to assess its energy efficiency and suggest improvements.
What Are the Benefits of Doing a Home Energy Evaluation?
Having a home energy evaluation done by a professional can save you energy and money. For example, if a home energy advisor identifies that your insulation needs replacing, doing so can save you 15% on your heating and cooling costs. Also, a well-insulated home keeps a consistent temperature throughout the year, which is more comfortable than constant fluctuations.
Canada Greener Homes Grant
Another benefit of doing a home energy evaluation is that it allows you to participate in the new Canada Greener Homes Grant. This Government of Canada Initiative offers a free home energy evaluation, included in a grant of up to $5,000 to cover the cost of energy-efficiency upgrades.
There are three steps to the Greener Homes initiative:
- Get an EnerGuide energy evaluation The first step to qualify for the grant is to have an EnerGuide certified energy advisor – such as one of our own experts – do an EnerGuide home energy evaluation of your home.
- Implement the suggested measures: Next, homeowners must implement at least one of the measures identified in the home energy evaluation.
- Get a post-retrofit evaluation: Finally, homeowners must have an EnerGuide certified energy advisor do a post-retrofit evaluation on their home to calculate the improved energy efficiency.
Greensaver can complete all the steps required to qualify homeowners for the Greener Home Initiatives. To find out more, visit our website.
What Home Energy Evaluations Include?
A Thorough Examination of Your Home
During an EnerGuide home energy evaluation, our energy advisors will examine your home to determine its energy efficiency and suggest improvements. This process will last up to three hours.
The energy advisor will take measurements and notes on your home’s mechanical equipment, windows and insulation. The evaluation may also include a blower door test to measure your home’s airtightness.
EnerGuide Home Energy Rating and Report
Next, our expert advisors will use Natural Resources Canada’s HOT2000 energy simulation software to determine your home’s EnerGuide rating. This government-approved rating tells you how energy efficient your home is, and it is recognized across the country.
Our home energy experts will then provide you with a comprehensive EnerGuide home energy report. This report will show you how to improve your energy efficiency and which upgrades are most important to increase your home’s energy performance.
Once you have made the recommended upgrades to your home, our energy advisors can complete a post-retrofit evaluation to calculate your improved EnerGuide rating. A good EnerGuide rating can add value to your home and is a real selling point for prospective buyers.
How Do I Start the Process?
To discuss the pricing and scheduling of an EnerGuide home energy evaluation, schedule a free pre-evaluation consultation.