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An EnerGuide Home Evaluation May Make Your Home Eligible for a 25% Refund on CHMC Premium Mortgage Loan Insurance

CMHC Green Home offers a premium refund of up to 25% to borrowers who either buy, build or renovate for energy efficiency using CMHC-insured financing. If you purchase an existing home and make energy-efficient improvements you may be eligible for a CMHC Green Home premium refund*. To qualify, your home must be assessed by a Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) qualified energy advisor before and after the energy efficiency improvements are made.

Energy-efficient Housing Made More Affordable with Mortgage Loan Insurance 
  Click here to learn more about CMHC Green Home Incentives: https://www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/en/co/moloin/moloin_008.cfm

Home Evaluation

Ever felt confused while prioritizing home upgrades, or wasted $1000's on improvements which didn't perform as promised, you are not alone. Help is here….  

Many Energy Efficiency Upgrades Are Not Cost Effective and Can Actually Be Detrimental to Your Home!

If you've ever thought your home would be more comfortable with new windows or more insulation, you're definitely not alone, though neither of those is a one and-done solution. Actually, some of these approaches can actually create more issues and need to be looked at as… how does changing one thing affect the operation of my home as a whole?

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Speak Directly To The Owner And Receive Fast, Expert Advice Over The Phone – Anytime

Whether you’re calling about an emergency or if you’re just looking to get some information about an upcoming project, we want you to receive the information you need as quickly as possible, no matter what time of day it is. When you call, We Forward You to the owner – Not a salesperson who is trying to get his commission. This means your questions are answered promptly and accurately. 

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Save Money & Energy in Your Home  

Here are some simple things homeowners can do to drastically reduce their energy consumption. Of course, this will also require some behavior changes. Homeowners may also want to schedule an EnerGuide Home Evaluation by a registered Energy Advisor from NRCan for the most up-to-date knowledge and systems in home energy efficiency, An Energy Advisor can […]  

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Radon, the silent the killer in your Calgary home? 

If you live in a Calgary home with high radon levels or if you spend a lot of time in one, you are at higher risk for lung cancer. If you smoke and you live in a home with a high level of radon, you are at an even higher risk for lung cancer. Radon, the silent the […]

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Your Home As A System

Your home operates as a system a set of interacting, interdependent component and parts forming a complex whole. All the elements of a house, building envelope, mechanical systems and occupant activities has the potential to interact with everything and affect each other, How to make your Calgary home operate as 1 system and save money […]

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An EnerGuide Home Evaluation Approaches Your Home as a Total System and Educates You on How to

Make Your Home Energy Efficient, Comfortable and Healthy, Cost-Effectively.

Renovate with Confidence: 

  • Become better informed and educated so as to make better decisions
  • Receive third-party expert advice based on facts, not opinions or marketing upsells
  • Renovations or upgrades may be eligible for the mortgage premium refund
  •   Make your home more comfortable  

Reduce Energy Costs: 

  • Learn where to spend your money wisely by prioritizing what is really needed and truly cost effective

Reduce Your Carbon Footprint:

Energy reduction going green saving the planet with global warming by reducing your carbon foot print

  • Reduce energy consumption
  • Understand and participate in green initiatives
  • Understand and participate in reducing the effects of global warming  

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What is Involved in an EnerGuide Home Evaluation for your home?

A Homeowner Information Sheet:  A homeowner Information sheet includes detailed information about your home and its energy use.
An EnerGuide Rating and Label:  An EnerGuide rating and label displays the energy performance of your home.  This is done by estimating the net amount of energy a home utilizes in a year and displays the rated energy consumption in GJ/year per square meter.

A Renovation Upgrade Report:  A renovation upgrade report provides a detailed and customized roadmap with recommendations on how to improve your home’s energy performance. This is ideal for existing homeowners who are looking to renovate their home and implement more energy efficient upgrades.  

What energy efficiency upgrades in your home can be done to make it comfortable, healthy and cost-effective?

The Three Biggest Opportunities for Improvement Are:

1.   Air sealing (most cost effective but precautions need to be taken) 
 2.   Insulation 
 3.   Mechanical system upgrades  

The main characteristics of home that should be considered are…

1. AIR QUALITY If your family isn't breathing healthy air, nothing else matters. Air quality issues from crawlspaces or combustion appliances. Fresh air ventilation should be planned into homes that are reasonably airtight. 

2. MOISTURE The single most important factor affecting durability is deterioration of materials by moisture. Houses should be protected from wetting during construction and operation, and be designed to dry should they get wet. This come in many forms especially with the wrong. Insulate an attic without proper air sealing and risk creating moisture in the attic. 

3. AIR FLOW AND PRESSURE There are 3 drivers of air leakage and pressure imbalances in your home  

a.    Stack Effect (warm air rises and cool air sinks) one of the driving force of radon entry in your home.   
b.    Forced Air Systems (furnaces/air conditioners pushing and pulling air) unbalanced and too much static pressure in the system and create an uncomfortable indoor environment. 
c.    Wind (the most unpredictable and hardest to mitigate) 

 4. HEAT FLOW Heat flows in three ways: Radiation, Convection, and Conduction. Each part of a house can affect, and be affected by, all three heat flows – depending upon its design, the materials it’s made of, and the systems it uses for providing comfort to its occupants.   

Energy Efficiency vs Cost effective? How some homeowners are wasting thousands of dollars on energy efficiency with no real benefit. 

Issues with Some Energy Efficiency Upgrades Is That They May Not Be Cost Effective. Examples Solar Panels and Tank-Less Water Heaters

On demand Water heater replacement provides an average annual savings of 5-8 Gigajoules.  This translated into dollars is approximately $40 to $60 compared to a gas water tank heater. Here are my issues with On-demand water heaters:

  • Annual Maintenance is required at an average cost of $150.00.  Without annual maintenance, warranties may be effected. 
  •  Hot water supply is minimal. If two people are taking a shower at the same time or a shower and dishwasher is being used simultaneously, the water flow is restricted which causes a discomfort and inconvenience for the homeowner. 
  • Up front cost of a Tank-less water heater is much more expensive compared to traditional tanks.
  • Reliability issues as tank-less heaters have many controls and intricate parts; More parts, more potential issues.
  • In hard water areas like Calgary they will “lime up”.  This significantly reduces efficiency as opposed to a tank where the build-up has little to no effect on efficiency.
  • Tank-less water heaters require continuous electrical usage.  This increases your electrical bill.
  • For some small homes with few members, such a tank may be practical enough.  However, for the average household, a tank-less water heater does not make any economic sense.

Solar Panels are great for the environment yet are not an absolute solution for many people. 

  • Solar panels are expensive with a payback return of 12-15 years even with government incentives.  Given that the average time people stay within a home is 6 years; there is no cost benefit.
  •  There are no noticeable comfort benefits.
  •  The orientation of the roof is a huge factor in the efficiency of the solar panels. If a back yard is facing North, the cost saving will be significantly reduced.
  • In existing homes, roof space may be an issue depending where vents and plumbing stacks are positioned.
  • Trees and buildings that are close by may effective the efficiency of the solar panels when they shade the sun.
  • Before installing a solar panel conserving energy should be key “conservation is cheaper than generation”
  •  In Alberta, the AUC has set rules for renewable energy. With grid ties solar panels, you can get a credit from your retailer with excess electricity that is generated. However, you will still have to pay fees like the distribution charge, transmission charge, local access fee, delivery charge and balancing pool allocation on your bill. Because distribution charge is largely fixed and, therefore, cannot be reduced by generating your own electricity. The renewable energy will only be credited for portion or all of your energy use and additional energy above and beyond that will not be credited.
  • These are all important factors when considering adding renewables. Now to be fair in some cases solar energy makes perfect sense and can be cost effective and beneficial especially in an off-grid area where utility services are not available. The rate at which the price of solar panels has been reducing I believe that this is a viable resource in the near future but for the moment it has its limitations.

How much savings can an Efficiency Upgrade potentially save you? Most Major Renovations such a New Furnace, Triple Pane Windows, Tank-less Water Heaters, etc. May Only Lower Your Bill by Less Than $300 Per Year

In an Alberta energy bill, you pay for energy usage, a distribution charge, a transmission charge, a local access fee, a delivery charge and a balancing pool allocation. Because these charges are largely fixed, there is not much that you can do to lower this portion for the cost of energy. Therefore, the energy saved does not correlate with the cost of energy saved.

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We make sure to call in advance so you know exactly when we will be there. Your time is important to us, so we make sure that you’re never left waiting for us to arrive. We always provide you with a time frame of our arrival, which is confirmed via a phone call long before the expected time. While we strive to show up on time, every time, we promptly let you know if an unexpected delay will cause us to be late.

Comprehensive Consultation To Achieve Your home Evaluation

To help us serve you better, we always start with a detailed discussion that covers all of your options. Whether you simply want to simple home inspection, or if you want a full home screening, we identify your goals and then carefully plan how to achieve them.

We Are BBB Accredited With No Customer Complaints

When you choose Westpro Inspections you know you’re choosing quality. We work hard to earn our customers appreciation. You’ll never find any complaints about us because we always make sure to go the extra mile to deliver outstanding service.

Case Study / Success story

Our EnerGuide Home Evaluation Saved Over $20,000 in Home Renovation Costs, CMHC Insurance and Monthly Energy Bills
John is looking at buying an older home with the intentions of doing some home improvements and upgrades for energy efficiency as their energy bills were higher than the average home. He guestimates that the most cost-efficient initiative would be to upgrade to triple pane windows which would cost $20,000. An EnerGuide Home Evaluation revealed that the energy savings for this upgrade would be $15 annually.  WestPro recommends that he consider changing the furnace to a high efficiency furnace instead, which would cost $4,000. The energy savings with a new high efficiency furnace would be approximately $300 annually saving John $16,000 in renovations, $4,750 in CMHC insurance premiums and $300 a year in energy savings

Is your home Safe?

If Your Carbon Monoxide Alarm Hasn’t Been Changed in 6 Years, You May be at Risk of Hazardous Combustion Fumes Being Drawn into your Home 
 Gas sensors in CO alarms have a limited lifespan, usually less than 6 years. Even if the test button sounds it is no indication that the CO sensor is working. The test button on common CO alarms only tests the battery, not the CO gas censor.   


  Is your home insulated with vermiculite insulation? Vermiculite May Contain Asbestos and be Harmful to Your Health 
Some vermiculite insulation used to insulate homes may contain asbestos, which can cause health risks if inhaled.   


  Is your Home Susceptible to combustion spillage? 
Tighter homes have become more energy efficient but precautions need to be taken. Combustion spillage is when flue gasses from combustion appliances come into your home instead to the exterior which can create a potential for Carbon monoxide. This happens when a home becomes negatively pressurized….   


  High Radon Levels Lurking in your home. 
The only way to be sure is to test.

Ever hear the myth that you don't want a home to be 'too tight'. That's hogwash- you want as much control as possible over your home's air leakage. Build it tight, and then ventilate it right.

This can be achieved by installing an Energy/Heat Recovery Ventilator (ERV or HRV). You want these systems to be as quiet as possible and to be proven to move the right amount of air- not too much and not too little. To little air results in poor air quality. Too much air and you are waiting money and energy. 
  If you're going invest money, time, and energy on your home, make sure it will give you back what you put into it. Careful planning and performance testing being the keys. Your home won’t need rescuing if you do it right the first time.

INNOVATION AND SUSTAINABILITY

We Constantly Update Our Industry And Product Knowledge To Better Serve You

We are committed to providing the most up-to-date services available, ensuring maximum safety and efficiency. We continually research and study new industry trends and emerging technology so we can inform you of the options that are best suited to your interests.

No Hidden Fees – Detailed, Accurate Quotes Provided Before Any Work Is Started 

Our high level of experience allows us to provide detailed quotes that account for all expenses so you know exactly what you’re paying for before the work is started. This ensures that you are never stuck paying for services that you either did not need, or were not informed of. If there are ever any extra expenses to arise, we make sure to get your approval before completing any extra work.