ecoENERGY Retrofit – Progress After 30 Months? – 3

Yesterday we wrote about the progress made by Canadian households participating in the ecoENERGY Retrofit program in the number of E & F, or second / follow-up energy audits as well as the average value of the grant payments per household, yet there was a decrease in the marginal savings per house.

We continue our review using the data provided by Media Relations Assistant | Adjointe aux relations médias  of | de Natural Resources Canada | Ressources naturelles Canada, with our sincere thanks.

Today we look at data surrounding the type of energy efficiency and / or conservation upgrades within the program.

Now, for this data we are going to compare the percentage of houses which were recommended specific upgrades from the D or first energy audit (based on 279,363 houses over the first 24 months vs the 157,949 houses for months 25 thru 30 [yes, quite an increase]) to the percentage of houses which undertook the actual upgrades for those 94,006 home who have had the E or second energy audit ( 94,006 over the first 24 months vs 58,379 during months 25 thru 30) :

Recommended             Undertaken

01-24      25-30 01-24      25-30

Basement                          55%        48% 23%       23%

Attic                                    61%         61% 28%       29%

Walls                                  28%          24% 14%       12%

Draftproofing                    77%          81% 87%       85%

Space Heating                  64%          65% 64%       63%

Windows & Doors             63%           64% 32%       35%

Notice any interesting data in the above?

First, to me, generally the pattern is the same.  The type of energy efficiency which is the easiest to do (draft-proofing) remains the most commonly recommended.

Basement and Windows & Doors both remain commonly recommended yet around half or less are actually undertaking these energy conservation types. My reasoning is that these are both costly, the ecoENERGY program still does not provide sufficient financial incentives, even after the temporary increase and the complementary and even more temporary Home Tax Credit.

I remain very surprised at the continued low undertaking of increasing attic insulation. Folks, this one may cost a bit but will give you in my opinion the quickest financial payback after the Federal ecoENERGY grant and the Provincial ecoENERGY grant and for a very short time the Home Tax Credit (only a couple of months left on that one). Just call an accredited company and get them into your home (after your first and before your follow-up ecoENERGY audits of course).

Another piece of information which you might find useful or interesting is which particular types of energy efficiency / conservation upgrades within the ecoENERGY program were the most popular based on the age of the dwelling.

The older the building the more likely it was to have seen it’s basement, attic, walls as well as windows and doors improved. Again, we are comparing the results between the first 24 months of the ecoENERGY Retrofit program (01-24) to the full 30 months (01-30) :

  • Basement (01-24) => Pre-1945 (42%) vs 1990-1999 (  8%)
  • Basement (01-30) => Pre-1945 (41%) vs 1990-1999 (  8%)
  • Attic (01-24) => Pre-1945 (44%) vs 1990-1999 (  8%)
  • Attic (01-30) => Pre-1945 (44%) vs 1990-1999 ( 10%)
  • Walls (01-24) => Pre-1945 (32%) vs 1990-1999 (  1%)
  • Walls (01-30) => Pre-1945 (31%) vs 1990-1999 (  1%)
  • Windows/Doors(01-24)=> Pre-1945 (39%) vs 1990-1999 (17%)
  • Windows/Doors(01-30)=> Pre-1945 (40%) vs 1990-1999 (19%)
  • Space Heating (01-24) => Pre-1945 (51%) vs 1990-1999 (71%)
  • Space Heating (01-30) => Pre-1945 (51%) vs 1990-1999 (71%)
  • Draftproofing (01-24) => Pre-1945 (91%) vs 1990-1999 (81%)
  • Draftproofing(01-30) => Pre-1945 (90%) vs 1990-1999 (80%)

Thoughts?

What I see is not a lot of movement at all the type of energy conservation investments households are making within the ecoENERGY program over the past 6 months compared to the first 24 months off the program based on the age of the house.

We are going to take a break in our examination of the ecoENERGY Retrofit program. However, we will return to this interesting program meant to make Canada a more environmentally supportive country.

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Comments

  1. Chris Albrecht says:

    Dan,
    Can you tell us where you got this data from?

    Thanks!

  2. Dan says:

    Hi Chris,
    Per the second sentence of the article “We continue our review using the data provided by Media Relations Assistant | Adjointe aux relations médias of | de Natural Resources Canada | Ressources naturelles Canada, with our sincere thanks”.

    I hope this helps,
    Dan

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