Approximately 6 weeks after the second or ‘E’ Energy Efficiency Assessment (i.e. energy audit), we received the final ‘package’ from the accredited ecoENERGY assessors.
It wasn’t much of a report. Why?
Well, we already knew which energy conservation home improvements were eligible for ecoENERGY grants. In fact, at the end of these second, or ‘E’ energy audit, you need to sign a couple of forms acknowledging this.
So, as we wrote about previously we did not achieve the 10% reduction in air leakage.
The only grant we were eligible for was the $30 Federal + $30 Provincial grants for each ENERGY STAR replacement window.
With the March 30, 2009 announcement of a 25% increase in ecoENERGY grants, we don’t know if we will receive $30 + $30, or if we will receive the increased grant amount of $37.50 ($30 X 1/25) + $37.50 per ENERGY STAR rated replacement window.
Time will tell.
What we do know with certainty, however, is our home’s final EnerGuide rating.
As we wrote about back in January of 2008, the first energy audit of the program resulted in the following EnerGuide rating for our home:
According to the report from the first energy audit:
- 66 is the average EnerGuide rating for a house of our home’s age (22 years old) in Canada
- 70 represented the present EnerGuide rating for our home at the time of the first energy audit
- 80 represents the rating our house could achieve if we follow all of the evaluator’s recommendations in the report
This was surprising. Our assessor indicated that there was no change in the air leakage and thought that the rating would be the same. The ecoENERGY web site defines the EnerGuide rating for a home as primarily the results of the blower test, the one that calculates air leakage.
So, it would appear that our prior efforts to reduce the air leakage, including the new windows, at least had some benefit, i.e. an increase in the EnerGuide rating for our home from 70 to 72.
And, remember all those air leaks which the assessor showed us only during the second energy audit? Now that we know, we can tighten up the house a little more, which will save money through reduced home heating in the winter and home cooling (air conditioning) in the summer.
Next time, we’ll let you know when we receive the Federal and then the Provincial grants. It should be in a couple of months. It will be interesting to see if we do or do not receive the increased grant amounts from either of these levels of government
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