On January 1, 2008 we began a series of articles on our experiences with the Energy Efficiency Evaluation Report we received from the energy audit on our home as part of our participation in the ecoENERGY Retrofit program. Why? Well, because no other web site (government, private sector or individual blogger) has done this. Please, if you can find one as detailed as ours please tell us.
We believe it is important to educate all home owners on the tremendous value from having an energy audit performed on their home. This report identifies all kinds of ways to reduce home energy consumption, save the home owner money, help them do their tiny part to help reduce the spread of global warming and help save the planet.
So, we have created this ecoENERGY page on our web site to make it easier for everyone visiting our site to find all 15 articles in the order in which they were written. These articles examine the various charts, graphs, ratings and recommendations specific to our home which is a very typical suburban home in a residential area.
We hope you not only enjoy reading this collection of articles, but also that they motivate you to conserve energy in your own lives and, if you are a home owner, to have an energy audit done on your own home, regardless of where you live on this planet we humans call Earth. So, here are our articles on our ecoENERGY Grant program experiences. More to come in the future. Enjoy!
ecoENERGY Report – Part 1 – Progam in Brief
ecoENERGY Report – Part 2 - EnerGuide Rating Chart
ecoENERGY Report – Part 3 – EnerGuide Rating Concerns
ecoENERGY Report – Part 4 - Basement Wall Insullation
ecoENERGY Report – Part 5 – Report Error
ecoENERGY Report – Part 6 – Windows & Tankless
ecoENERGY Report – Part 7 – Drain Water Heat Recovery (DWHR)
ecoENERGY Report – Part 8 – Air Sealing / Leakage
ecoENERGY Report – Part 9 – Bathroom Fans & Standby Power
ecoENERGY Report – Part 10 - Wind Power & Solar Space Heating
ecoENERGY Report – Part 11 – Photovoltaic (Solar Power) System
ecoENERGY Report – Part 12 – Space Heating Consumption Graph
ecoENERGY Report – Part 13 – Annual Heat Loss Graph
ecoENERGY Report – Part 14 – Annual Heat Loss Further Analysis
ecoENERGY Report – Part 15 – Now What? / Our Action Plan
ecoENERGY Report – Part 16 – The Second Audit – Part 1
ecoENERGY Report – Part 17 – The Second Audit – Part 2
ecoENERGY Report – Part 18 – The Second Audit – Part 3
ecoENERGY Report – Part 19 – The Second Audit – Part 4
ecoENERGY Report – Part 20 – The Second Audit – Part 5
ecoENERGY Report – Part 21 – The Second Audit – The Results
ecoENERGY Report - Part 22 – Final EnerGuide Rating
Hopefully the DailyHomeRenoTips.com ecoENERGY Report series was sufficient motivation for you to participate in the program by selecting the ecoENERGY Retrofit Program link in our blog roll if you are in Canada. I say was because the Federal Government … sorry, we are supposed to now say the Harper Government …. canceled the program in its 2010 spring budget. We’ll see what the 2011 spring budget brings.
If you live outside of Canada, or had not participated but realize you should get an independent home energy audit for your house, contact your local utility to inquire about an energy audit on your home as many of them are doing it for free!
And, remember to amble over to the SavingsGrid.com, the new web site spun-off from DalyHomeRenoTips.com (What? You thought only television shows could have spin-offs? ). SavingsGrid.com is focusing exclusively on supporting your efforts to save money by reducing the amount of energy and water you use in your home. Plus you can obtain a free 100+ Easy Ways To Save Electricity At Home eBook simply for signing up to the SavingsGrid newsletter.