ecoENERGY Report – Part 1

Happy New Year. What are your resolutions? Here’s one that’s different. If you are a home owner, please resolve to have an energy audit in January. Don’t wait. Do it now.

This is the first in a series of articles about the ecoENERGY evaluation we went through in November 2007 and, more directly, about the ecoENERGY report we received over the holidays.

If you are not familiar with the ecoENERGY program, please use the link Government of Canada ecoENERGY Retrofit Grant, which contains lots and lots of details. This grant is to homeowners in Canada. The  site indicates the following to qualify for this grant:

“To qualify, follow these five easy steps:

  1. Hire a qualified energy advisor to perform an energy evaluation of your home.
  2. Select the improvements from your home energy action checklist.
  3. Implement the recommended energy upgrades within 18 months.
  4. Call your energy advisor to perform your post-retrofit evaluation, to confirm your new energy rating and to submit your application on your behalf.
  5. Wait for up to 90 days to receive your cheque based on the eligible upgrades performed! “

How much money are we really talking about?

It depends on the improvements your home needs per the ecoENERGY evaluation. In our case, the evaluation indicated we could be eligible for up to $2,700 and change. If your home needs a lot of energy conservation improvements, you can be looking in the neighbourhood of $10,000 in both Federal and Provincial grants. And, this does not include the energy (heat, water, power) savings that you will realize each year from the energy conservation.

What does it cost you, the home owner? Well, the cost of the energy evaluation by the firm we chose was around $321, of which $150 will be refunded back to us by the Province of Ontario. The ‘post-retrofit’ evaluation will cost you another $150-ish, or so.

Oh, and there is that little thing about it costing you the actual cost of the energy conservation related renovations.

Now, I am sure you would like to see our evaluation report, wouldn’t you? Well, we will show you many parts of it, where we are told we can improve the energy efficiencies in our home, if we actually made the recommended improvements, and so on…..in the coming posts. There’s a lot of stuff here, way too much for a single post.

For now, here is a picture of the envelope it came in.

 energy audit envelope ecoENERGY Report   Part 1

The bottom line. Financially, every home owner should participate in the ecoENERGY Retrofit program. What do you have to lose? …..except as some say…..out planet!

To continue to the next article in this series on our experiences with the ecoENEGY Residential Retrofit assessment, simply select this link to Part 2.

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Comments

  1. Mark says:

    Great blog! The ecoENERGY Home Retrofit grant is certainly a good one (and the matching grant in many provinces doesn’t hurt!)

    Cheers,

    Mark
    Editor, ShowMeTheGreen.ca

  2. Anonymous says:

    Hey,
    Is the EcoEnergy grant jsut for Ontario, or for other provinces too? If not, where can I find out if other provinces have a similar program. Also, where can I find out how much an energy audit would cost me?
    Thanks

  3. Dan says:

    Hi Shy One :-)

    The ecoENERGY Retrofit program is run by the Federal Department of Natural Resources.

    Each province participates to varying degrees, most but not all mirroring the Federal Program. So, if the Federal program says that a rebate for an ENERGY STAR window is $30, you will receive that + usually another $30 from the Provincial Gov’t.

    However, you MUST have the energy audit performed first. There is no grants available for any energy conservation measure you do to your home prior to the first (of 2) energy audits under the ecoENERGY Retrofit program.

    The first, or ‘D’, audit costs around $350 from a prescribed firm (per the program’s web site) with the second, or ‘E’, follow-up energy audit costing around 1/2 that amount. Ontario is one of those provinces who provide their own grant of $150 towards the cost of the first or ‘D’ audit.

    Use the link at the end of this article to continue to the rest of the articles we have written about the Energy Efficiency Assessment Report we received from the first or ‘D’ energy audit under the ecoENERGY Retrofit program on our home.

    Dan

  4. Anonymous says:

    Hi,
    How long does each step of this process take, on average? Also, are there standards that energy audit companies must follow in terms of what they evaluate and how much they can charge?
    Thanks very much

  5. Dan says:

    Hi ‘A’ :-)

    I can only speak to our own energy audit that was conducted by a firm participating in the ecoENERGY Retrofit program.

    Our initial or ‘D’ energy audit took around 2 hours.

    Yes there are standards. I have not personally investigated how a firm becomes admitted to be able to conduct the Energy Efficiency Assessment under the ecoENERGY Retrofit program; you would need to use the ecoENERGY Retrofit Grant link on the left hand side within our Energy Conservation blog roll and inquire directly from the Ministry of Natural Resources.

    I do believe, however, that there are limits to what they can charge. They all seem to charge around $325 for the first audit and around $150-ish for the second.

    I hope that helps.

    Dan

  6. Pam says:

    This is one of the best things ever!!! We did our D audit about 16 months ago and are now fighting to get all the renos done. We are eligible for almost $4000 in rebate so well worth the time and effort for something we were going to do anyway.

  7. Dan says:

    Hi Pam,

    Does that $4K figure include just the Federal grant or also the matching Provincial grant that most Provinces offer?

    Also, are your renovations including solar water heating and solar PV Panels? Those two are still out of our price range, even with the grants.

    Dan

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