One of the first steps to becoming more energy efficient at home and do your part for the environment is through testing how energy efficient your home actually is. One such way is to have a home energy audit or assessment done on your household.
What is a Home Energy Audit?
The Government of Canada’s EcoENERGY Home Retrofit grant is available to owners of single family homes including detached, semi-detached and low rise multi-unit residential buildings.
Property owners can qualify for a maximum of $5,000 in federal grants by improving the energy efficiency of their homes, and reducing their home’s impact on the environment.
Natural Resources Canada will ensure that only licensed and independent energy advisors will perform a residential energy assessment to identify how your home uses energy, where it is being wasted, how you can improve the comfort of your home and cut heating and cooling costs, while ensuring adequate ventilation for a healthy indoor environment for your family.
Why You Should Get a Home Energy Audit
- Peace of mind- NRCan-licensed energy advisors provide unbiased advice on how to improve your home’s energy use.
- Understanding your options- The residential energy assessment service provides a thorough assessment of your entire home’s energy use from basement to attic to help you plan retrofits that will improve the energy efficiency of your home or multi-unit residential building.
- Proof of upgrades- Once you have completed energy upgrades for your household, you will be provided with a second (post-retrofit) evaluation and a new energy efficiency rating label that indicates your home’s improved energy use.
- Grants toward your retrofit expenses- To be eligible for grants, your home needs to have had pre- and post-retrofit evaluations from an NRCan-licensed energy advisor. The grant amount is based on each of the recommended retrofits you have completed and the relative impact the retrofits have on the energy efficiency of your home.
- Taking action to alleviate climate change- Burning fossil fuels as a source of energy is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions which contribute to climate change. Make your contribution to help protect our environment by using the residential energy assessment service.
How to Get A Home Energy Audit
- The fist step is to hire an auditor licensed by Natural Resources Canada for a first or pre-retrofit audit which typically costs about $300. Advisors will show you how to improve the comfort of your home and cut heating and cooling costs, while ensuring adequate ventilation for a healthy indoor environment for your family.
Contact an energy advisor here: http://oee.nrcan.gc.ca/residential/personal/new-home improvement/contact-advisors.cfm?attr=4
- The auditor carries out the pre-retrofit audit and provides the homeowner with a report that contains recommendations on energy efficiency improvements.
- Once the pre-audit is complete the auditor notifies the federal ecoEnergy program and the federal government notifies the provincial Home Energy Audit Program. (Ontario only)
- In Ontario, the provincial Home Energy Audit Program will issue a $150 rebate cheque to the homeowner for the pre-audit. A homeowner is not required to carry out a retrofit to receive the rebate.
- If the homeowner chooses to pursue the recommendations in the audit, they could be eligible for the federal government’s ecoENERGY retrofit grant program.