You may have heard about an Environment Canada incentive program, to encourage people to increase the energy effeciency of their homes. The way it works is this:
- An auditor comes out to your house, and checks things over.
- They award points for various things, the more points your house gets, the more efficient it is considered.
- If your house gets less than 50 points, you are eligible for the program.
- Over the next 18 months, you make various improvements to the house, and then have it re-evaluated.
- For every point the house’s rating increases, you get $50.
The problem, of course, is that you don’t want to make any improvements to the house until after you’ve had the initial audit done. And they’re booked up through June.
We decided no time like to present to at least book, and it turned out that they just had a cancellation for yesterday! Nabbed that up quick, we did =D
Now, the fellow explained that most older homes easily fall below the 50 point mark, and that bringing them up to say, 65 points is trivial.
It turns out we have the proud distinction of owning the LEAST energy efficient home they’ve seen in Kitchener yet. 25 points of cranky-old-furnace goodness. We’re still waiting for the report which outlines all of the problem areas, but if we can bring that up to the 65 point range, that’s $1500 back. That’ll pretty much pay for the furnace =D
Of course there’s also replacing the insulation in the attic* –_–;; but hey, we’ll take all of the incentives we can get!