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What is a Free Home Energy Audit Canada?
Grants and incentives

Free home energy audits in Canada

...What is the free home energy audit? An energy audit is a home inspection that calculates the total energy consumption of your house , including all electricity and fossil fuels for lighting, appliances, heating and cooling, and apparently Canadians are going to soon be eligible for free home energy audits, net zero h...

HERD Home energy rating disclosure
Grants and incentives

Ontario's Home Energy Rating and Disclosure plan (HERD) is great news for home buyers

...ange. About the Home Energy Transparency Coalition: The Home Energy Transparency Coalition comprises the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance, Ontario Home Builders Association, Clean Economy Alliance, and NAIMA Canada representing more than 125 organizations. Read more about the HERD program

Leed platinum plaque
Green building certifications

All about green home certification programs & rating systems for USA & Canada

...an Passivhaus standard, this certification program deals specifically with home design for passive solar gain, and reducing energy consumption. A certified Passive House is significantly more energy efficient than a conventionally built home. This rating system is pretty much limited to energy performance, so many cate...

Bike lanes in Vancouver
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Vancouver's goal of becoming the Greenest City by 2020

...an pass through even the smallest of holes in a heating season. A house with an EnerGuide rating is like a car with a safety check. It is an independent third party report on the quality of what you are buying, and an indication of what you can expect in the way of performance. Kudos to Vancouver for introducing this...

Blower Door Tests - What's the Cost & Who Does Them?
Air and vapour barriers

What is a blower door test? What's the cost? How do you find a company to do one?

...any State and Provincial mandatory building codes - the new BC Energy Step Code in British Columbia, Canada is one example. A blower door test is often an essential part of a home audit, we don’t know for sure just yet if it will be part of the free home energy audits promised by the Canadian Liberal Government in Oct ...

Free Energy Audits, Net Zero Home Grants & Interest Free Home Renovation Loans
Grants and incentives

0% loans & Grants for Green Home Renovations & Construction - A Boost for Canadians in 2020

...anadians make their homes more energy efficient, and better protect them from climate-related risks . The plan also includes the following: Free energy audits for homeowners and landlords (hopefully including blower door testing ) an interest-free loan of up to $40,000 to help homeowners and landlords pay for ret...

Blown-in fiberglass attic insulation
Grants and incentives

2016 budget renovation tax credits are good news for everyone, homeowner or not

...an fixing up some houses before we see noticeable change in our energy consumption, but this draws attention to the abysmal performance we accept from houses, the ones standing as well as most of those being built. It's time to focus and invest more in retaining energy than supplying energy . If the gas tank on your ca...

Solar panel installation
Solar photovoltaic

Ten questions to ask a solar panel contractor

...energy system is a sizeable investment that can help keep money in your pocket if it’s done well, and can be wasteful if it’s not. Here are some of the questions to ask an installer before signing any contracts: Is there financing for solar panels? Buying a solar energy system can yield an impressive return on inve...

Grants and incentives

Green building financial incentives

...an energy-efficient home or making energy saving renovations are eligible for a 10% refund of the Genworth mortgage insurance premium. Details here . CMHC (Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation): Buying an energy-efficient home or making energy-saving renovations can offer a 10% CMHC mortgage loan insurance premi...