ecoENERGY Report – Part 15- Now What?

This is the last of our posts for the month of January, when we are focusing on energy conservation related matters, especially the ecoENERGY Grant program and the Energy Efficiency Evaluation Report received from the first of the two ‘energy’ audits.

We’ve reviewed, discussed and displayed the primary portions of the report. Now what? What are we going to do as a result of the report.

Well, here are our plans based on the contents of the report:

  1. Replace most, but not all of the 36 windows with ENERGY STAR rated windows. We just cannot afford to do all of them. As it is we are going to replace 28 of them at a cost of……gulp $17,000!!! And, that is after a 20% discount for doing it in the winter. Somehow the available grant money under the program does not seem enough incentive.
  2. We are going to replace the front door. We know it was not mentioned in the report but we can feel the draft.
  3. We are going to work on reducing the air leakage beyond the windows and front door
  4. We are going to further investigate not only the tank-less water heaters but especially the Drain Water Heat Recovery (DWHR)  device which we knew nothing about before examining the report.
  5. We will consider installing a timer on the en suite bathroom fan (sure wish I knew more about electrical stuff, but I don’t and I hate calling in an electrician for what should be such a simply thing).
  6. We’ll see about rearranging the power bars for our entertainment center in the family room and my home office to be able to turn off all of those devices when not in use.
  7. We will investigate further the solar wall system to supplement our heating in the winter. We’ve seen estimates of between $2,00 and $5,000 for these system. We do not understand why there is no grant money available for this even though it looks like a real saving on the heating bill.

There, I think that’s it.

Keep returning to our web site as we will continue to update you on our progress with our progress, or lack thereof, for the above 7 action items we have undertaken. It’s been quite the education for us as we examined the Energy Efficiently Evaluation Report received on our house under the ecoENERGY Grant program. We hope you have not only enjoyed our posts but also learned something along the way which you can use to reduce your energy consumption.

To continue to the next part of this series and our experiences in the ecoENERGY Residential Retrofit grant program, simply select this link to Part 16.

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  1. Rita Jackson says:

    I enjoyed reading your blog. I have had installed the domestic solar water heater. I had an oil fired water heater. After one year in service my oil consumption has been cut almost in half! I have done the attic door insulation and replaced one window. I ran out of money. I am waiting for the second evaluation to be done. Keep up the great blog.

  2. Dan says:

    Hi Rita,

    Thank you very much for stopping by :-) and even more for your comments.

    I’m curious on which solar water heating device and installation firm you used, if that is not asking to personal information.

    My reason for asking is that with the recent announcement by Natural Resources Canada of the solar water heating pilot program ( the cost of solar water heaters is coming down to the point that for those participating in this initiative they may cost similar to talkless water heaters.

    As well, curious on why you went with a solar water heater vs tankless water heater?

    Many thank in advance for sharing.


  3. Herb says:

    I read your column with interest since I have just had the ecoEnergy evaluation performed and received a score of 53. There are two items that you mention that i would like to comment on. You mention the exposed floor category and try to understand what they are referring to. My technician said that this refers to the undrside of a floor that is over an unheated area such as a crawl space or garage. The second item is the DWHR. I feel that there would be minimal gains with this device in my application. I usually fill a sink or bathtub with heated water and while these vessels are being filled cold water is being pumped into the water heater. When I pull the plug and ket the water drain there is no cold water flowing to the water heater that would be warmed. The water flows through these drain pipes at a very quick rate and the heat transfer would be minimal. If your family took a lot of showers and the DWHR was installed on the shower drain you might realize some efficiencies.

  4. Alison says:

    So what about the post-retrofit audit?

    Great blog!

  5. Dan says:

    Hi Alison,

    I have included the missing link to Part 16 and our continuing experiences in the program.

    Thanks for bringing this to our attention.


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