Energy Audit Ontario – Government Grants Are Still Available

Having an Energy Audit preformed on your home is going to cost you a few hundred dollars but it is well worth the money.  You spend $40 on an oil change for your car 2 or 3 times a year to maintain it yet nothing to ensure that your home is in tip top shape.. This audit will ensure you have a thorough understanding of the primary, secondary, and even tertiary systems your home relies on to maintain heat, conserve energy, and provide protection.  If your living in  Toronto, Hamilton, Mississauga or any other city within Ontario the government will pay for $175 of the initial Energy audit.

This is what you can expect when going through a consultation:

  1. Firstly, send us a quick email and we will call you to schedule an appointment for an audit.
  2. The Energy Adviser will meet you at your home the day the appointment is scheduled.
  3. He or She will go through your home checking systems and assessing them
  4. A blower door will be installed to slightly pressurize your home (this is completely safe,  the pressure is equivalent to walking down a 100 foot hill)  measurements are taken on air leakage.
  5. Insulation levels in the attic are measured and assessed as with exterior walls and the basement.

The Auditor will walk around the exterior of your home taking measurements and assessing windows before he  leaves.  You can expect an audit to take anywhere from 2 to 3 hours depending on home size.

This energy auditor will probably visit one more home in the day and then spend a few more hours at home drafting out your home and plugging all the information that they have collected into a program called “Hot 2000″.  This is Canadian Government software that analyzes hundreds of individual factors particular to each unique home and provides a  report of over 10 pages.  This report is mailed to the home owner and a digital copy is sent to the Government.

Once you receive your report you can assess your homes weakness and make plans on how to correct them.  You have a year to make changes.  Once your changes have been completed you can call an auditor back to your home to re-assess your house.  This is called a E-audit and only takes about 30 minutes to complete.  The auditor will then send an updated Hot2000 file to the Government and they will send out a cheque to you corresponding to any changes that have been made. ** The Government is known to be quite slow at processing… well, basically everything so expect a good month or two before you receive your rebate cheque.

If you have any questions, send us a quick email or post a comment and we will try to answer as soon as possible.

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2 Responses to “Energy Audit Ontario – Government Grants Are Still Available”

  1. troid says:

    How does this work for a condominium you suspect’s not energy efficient? Namely the windows where I suspect mine have air leakage,causing a draft feeling in my unit.I need an infrared/thermal imaging camera used to confirm what my builder,their window manufacturer are saying doesn’t exist.

    Being blamed:

    - my Duette® Architella® Honeycomb Shades where I paid more to have them be energy efficient are being blamed
    - furniture that isn’t blocking the windows
    - my air vents not pointing to the windows

    Noting this excerpt from a report from the window manufacturer:

    ” The “air draft” phenomenon may be explained by vertical downward motion of the convecting air along the cold surface of the glass. During the winter season when the outdoor temperatures drops, it triggers downward air movement along the interior face of glass, due to heat lost and density changes of the cooled air. The air flowing downward behind the curtains, may give impression, to the person sitting in close vicinity of the window, similar to sensation of the air draft across the exterior wall.”

    I can live with air draft,but if it’s cold,I don’t see how this is acceptable?

    PLEASE help me.

  2. Doug says:

    Hi how do you quote?

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