Looking to reduce your home’s heating bill? Start with a Home Energy Assessment…
Many of us know that making our homes more energy efficient will save us energy and money, but we don’t always know where to start. A Home Energy Assessment is a great way to learn how your home currently uses energy, and to identify which upgrades will save you the most. The cost of a Home Energy Assessment is around $500, but Efficiency Nova Scotia will cover more than half that cost, making it only $200 + HST for a Nova Scotia homeowner. It also qualifies homeowners for up to $3,000* in rebates for home upgrades like insulation, draft-proofing and ENERGYSTAR® windows and doors. Homeowners who have a Home Energy Assessment, and complete recommended upgrades, save on average $800 a year on home heating costs.
While the popularity of heat pumps has increased dramatically in recent years, it’s essential to make sure your home is as well-sealed and insulated as possible before investing in a new heating or cooling system. Efficiency Nova Scotia recommends that homeowners start by sealing leaks that allow cold air into your home and hot air out. A Home Energy Assessment can tell you where you’re losing heat – and how much – and makes sealing leaks easy.
In a typical home, 45 percent of heat loss is through walls, floors and the roof, so adding insulation is another important step to make your home more comfortable all year round. Efficiency Nova Scotia offers rebates for attic, exterior wall and basement insulation.
After your home’s air leaks have been filled and insulation has been added, installing ENERGYSTAR® windows and doors is the last step to improve the energy efficiency of your home’s building envelope.
Since the upfront cost of making upgrades is a barrier for many homeowners, Efficiency Nova Scotia now offers zero percent financing for up to five years, with monthly payments for as little as $50 depending on your loan amount. Homeowners can choose between rebates or financing, depending on what makes the most sense for them.
Your home will also receive an EnerGuide rating, which describes your home’s overall energy efficiency, and can help your home stand out to prospective buyers when it comes time to sell.
Efficiency Nova Scotia has added a number of resources to assist homeowners with their renovations, from a video that walks you through the assessment process from start to finish, to a series of tips and tools that can help you compare contractor quotes and select the right person for the job.
The company’s website also includes a new “Find a Contractor” tool that helps homeowners locate contractors in their area. Companies that want to be added to the list should email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-877-999-6035.
Click here to visit the Home Energy Assessment page on the Efficiency Nova Scotia website.