Green Your Home!
People want to know how to reduce the cost of running their current house. After all, a mortgage is not the only cost of owning a home! As energy prices are expected to rapidly rise in the next decade asking about the “gas mileage” of a house only makes sense.
This is even more true when one considers the fact that a more energy efficient home also has these (and other) features:
- greater comfort
- better performance when the power goes out (stays warmer longer)
- better for your health (e.g. asthma rates are usually lower in “green” homes)
- has higher resale values (at least dollar-for-dollar, often more)
- is easier to sell -especially important when the market is bearish
- makes great conversation starters!
Many existing homes can be improved significantly by using relatively inexpensive technologies, such as caulking, installing water-saving devices and more. Ask us for more tips!
Did you know that the #1 energy mover in buildings is radiant heat, accounting for 50 – 80% of all heat movement? Windows are large thermal holes with radiant heat, unless they have low-e coatings, film or other methods to absorb or reflect that radiant heat. Ask us how to stop wasting heat through your windows!
If you are more serious about saving energy and improving your comfort levels, check out some of the products available. For a minimal fee you can have a professional assessment of your existing home that will more than save you the price of the consultation, and greatly lower your energy bills!
If you are considering building a new home, be sure to review the plans with a professional energy consultant. You will be very happy that you did! Ian is Built Green© approved and can easily save you 30% on your energy bills.
Where is our power being used the most in our homes?
We seldom understand where our power is being used. Rising prices may help us change that! How much power are your various devices using? You can find out what appliances use the most power here.
Note that this site uses 10 cents/kWh. In B.C. our power costs between 7 and 9 cents/kWh.
As electricity prices rise it makes sense to save by turning the power off to devices that aren’t needed. Virtually everything electronic uses “phantom” power. That is, even when they are “off” they are using “stand-by power”, sometimes a lot! Read the left-hand column (the average).
If you like we can put meters on your electrical devices and on your whole house or apartment and determine exactly where power is going to. Just ask.
Want to get started? Check out the consultation page, or get in touch with us.
Want to make improvements but lack the funds?
Several options are given by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s website.
VanCity Savings also offers a very low interest rate to homeowners who update their home. Often the energy savings more than pay for the cost of the loan. Do note that it is necessary to have a certified energy assessment completed. We can help. Just ask.
Your mortgage is maxed out? Check out the Canada Mortgage and Housing Green Home program:
Energy-Efficient Housing Made More Affordable with Mortgage Loan Insurance.