ecoENERGY Retrofit – Homes – 3 Year Anniversary – More Data

Yesterday’s article saw us review the payouts and estimated savings from each of the first three years of the ecoENERGY Retrofit – Homes program.

Today, we review more statistical data on the program’s 3 year anniversary.

We continue our review using the data provided by Media Relations Assistant | Adjointe aux relations médias  of | de Natural Resources Canada | Resources 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 Years 1 & 2 vs the 609,257 houses for Years 1,2 & 3 ), to

- the percentage of houses which undertook the actual upgrades for those home who have had the E or second energy audit ( 94,006 over Years 1 & 2 vs 291,988 during Years 1,2 & 3) :

Recommended             Undertaken

Yrs 1-2 Yrs 1-3 Yrs 1-2 Yrs 1-3

Basement                       55%        51% 23%       21%

Attic                                 61%         62% 28%       29%

Walls                               28%          25% 14%       12%

Draftproofing                77%          79% 87%       87%

Space Heating               64%          67% 64%       64%

Windows & Doors         63%           62% 32%       34%

Notice any interesting data in the above?

First, generally the pattern of the type of energy efficiency investments covered under the program remains consistent during the ecoENERGY Retrofit – Home program over the its three years.  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. ENERGY STAR rated windows and door are very expensive. Somehow $37.50 per window or door is not going to incent someone to pay $1,000 or more per window / door.

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).

Curious about how many households which began to particpate in the ecoENERGY Retrofit – Homes program during the first three years actually completed the program? Simply select the following link to learn about the ecoENERGY Retrofit – Homes completion percentage.

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