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.


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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.


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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   1Progam in Brief

ecoENERGY Report – Part   2EnerGuide Rating Chart

ecoENERGY Report – Part   3EnerGuide Rating Concerns

ecoENERGY Report – Part   4Basement Wall Insullation

ecoENERGY Report – Part   5Report Error

ecoENERGY Report – Part   6Windows & Tankless

ecoENERGY Report – Part   7Drain Water Heat Recovery (DWHR)

ecoENERGY Report – Part   8Air Sealing / Leakage

ecoENERGY Report – Part   9Bathroom Fans & Standby Power

ecoENERGY Report – Part 10 - Wind Power & Solar Space Heating

ecoENERGY Report – Part 11Photovoltaic (Solar Power) System

ecoENERGY Report – Part 12Space Heating Consumption Graph

ecoENERGY Report – Part 13Annual Heat Loss Graph

 ecoENERGY Report – Part 14Annual Heat Loss Further Analysis

ecoENERGY Report – Part 15Now What? / Our Action Plan

ecoENERGY Report – Part 16The Second Audit – Part 1

ecoENERGY Report – Part 17The Second Audit – Part 2

ecoENERGY Report – Part 18The Second Audit – Part 3

ecoENERGY Report – Part 19The Second Audit – Part 4

ecoENERGY Report – Part 20The Second Audit – Part 5

ecoENERGY Report – Part 21The Second Audit – The Results

ecoENERGY Report - Part 22Final EnerGuide Rating

Hopefully the 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 icon wink ecoENERGY …. 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, the new web site spun-off from (What? You thought only television shows could have spin-offs? icon wink ecoENERGY ). 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.

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  1. Art says:

    The ez snap shades sound very interesting. If you don’t mind sharing, where did you purchase them and what was the price.


  2. Dan says:

    Hi Art,

    I ordered mine directly from EZ Snap using their graphic above to link directly to their web site.

    The products costs under $3 per square foot…even less if one uses the Coupon code they provided in the above graphic.


  3. Chris says:

    Hi, where is the info re. the 1% public uptake of this program?

  4. Dan says:

    Hi Chris,

    You can find it here in the article we wrote:

    We obtained it directly from the Natural Resources Canada.


  5. Aaron says:

    Great read! Energy efficient and green friendly home improvement info is such a great help to homeowners. Even if they don’t know until they read it…

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