Home Energy Conservation Government Grants – ecoENERGY Revisited – 1

Editor’s Note: Over the holidays we are re-publishing selected articles related to our ecoENERGY energy conservation experiences. Some of the grant amounts may have changed. To access the more than 20 articles we have written on our energy conservation experiences through the ecoENERGY Residential Retrofit program, simply use this link to access our ecoENERGY Energy Conservation page.

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In Part 1 we reviewed a little of the details of the ecoENERGY Grant.  In prior postings within the Energy Conservation category of the Daily Home Renovation Tips site, there are posts describing the nature of the grants that are available.

What we would like to do now is to jump right into the Energy Efficiency Evaluation Report which we received 6-ish weeks after the energy evaluation / audit occurred.

The report has the following categories:

  • EnerGuide Rating
  • Recommendations
  • Energy Saving Tips
  • Estimated Annual Energy Savings and Standard Operating Conditions
  • Space Heating Energy Consumption
  • Estimated Heat Loss
  • A Broader Outlook
  • Additional Upgrade Information (containing numerous energy conservation tips, including some home renovation tips related to home energy conservation)
  • Things You Should Know

It is a very comprehensive report. Let’s start with the EnerGuide Rating we received:

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Sometimes a picture is not worth a thousand words.

The report explains that the 70 rating represents our house from the energy evaluation / audit.

As well, the 80 represents the rating our house could achieve if we follow all of the evaluator’s recommendations in the report. I have no idea how they can tell that, except they are the professionals and not us.

If our rating does go from the current 70 to the projected 80, the report says that we could reduce our house’s energy consumption by up to 33%. I like it! If we did achieve the 80 rating, our house could rate in the top 5% of homes in our house group.

Now, here’s what troubles me. And, please understand that I am not criticizing the evaluator in any way or the firm he works for. The report states that “The average energy efficiency rating for a house of this age in Canada is 66.”

We’ll talk about why that troubles me in our post tomorrow.

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