Energy prices are rising. We know that. Now what?
However, how do you know where to start?
Should I replace windows?
Should I insulate or should I just turn down my thermostat?
The best way to focus your money is to have an energy audit completed by a Certified Energy Auditor. They can determine where, when, why and how energy is being used in your home. This allows them to prioritize the upgrades that will give you the best results. This means you will not spend money on energy upgrades that will yield low results. During your energy audit, you will receive recommendations for improvements that can help you maximize your home’s energy efficiency, reduce your energy bills and increase home comfort.
Currently, Enbridge Gas has a few programs running to promote conservation. The Community Energy Conservation Program is an incentive based program that will give you $1600 or $2000 depending on how much gas you save. An Energy Auditor will assess how much gas you can save with your renovations or upgrades and they will apply for the incentive for you.
Another program is the Home Rating Program for those individuals who are in the market to purchase or sell a house. If you are seller, Enbridge will send you a $100 Lowes card and an Energy Savings kit ($100 Value), just by posting your Energy Audit Score on MLS from a previous Energy Audit you may have had. However, if you are purchasing a home Enbridge will provide you with a Free Energy Audit. You just have to include it in your purchase and sale agreement. Remember the Energy Audit is for informational purposes only, and will not affect the sale or purchase of a house. A Home Inspection is different from an Energy Audit.