You would have to be living under a rock to not know that we live in a time where being kind to our environment is crucial. Sure, we have all taken steps to live a greener lifestyle. You've stopped using plastic bags, you use shielding methods instead of pesticides to get rid of bugs, you make an effort to switch off the lights in your home and you always remember to turn off the water when you are brushing your teeth. These are great ways to reduce your carbon footprint, as every little bit helps.
But have you ever thought of making a bigger change in your life that could help our planet substantially? Have you thought about all of the wasted energy that your home produces? The thought may have crossed your mind but it would be such a hassle to make your home more environmentally friendly, right? Wrong. It doesn't matter if you are a resident of Leaside or live in a condo in Toronto; a simple energy audit can pinpoint exactly what you need to change in your home. And what's even better, you can qualify to be reimbursed if you make the simple improvements!
The concept of an energy audit is a simple one. The audit evaluates how your home uses energy and identifies where it is being leaked. First someone will do a walk through assessment of your home and evaluate your heating, cooling, industrial insulation systems, etc. Then they will perform a blower door depressurization test to identify any possible leaks or drafts. Then you will be given an evaluation report that details what improvements need to be made to your home to ensure it runs more efficiently and saves energy. They will also provide you with a plan to reduce your energy bills. These changes can range from installing a new cooling system, to monitoring a temperature calibrator, to new siding.
Sounds like a lot of hassle, right? Well, it can be time consuming and frustrating to do home renovations but the Canadian government will give you some incentive to make these green improvements to your home. You won't get reimbursed if you buy a fan instead of an air conditioner but many of the saving energy upgrades that are identified in your energy audit will qualify you for reimbursement. There is up to ten thousand dollars available to each household to make the corresponding eco-friendly upgrades. Some examples of improvements you can be reimbursed for would be if you installed energy save gas and furnace systems or to install a solar domestic hot water system.
If you are interested in a home energy audit, the best thing to do is to go to your provincial government's website and find out how to apply. It doesn't matter if you are a Real Estate Agent, Caledon's town mayor, or a server in a pub in downtown Toronto, an energy audit is something that is affordable for everyone and something that will significantly help improve the environment.