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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
Click here to learn more about CMHC Green Home Incentives: https://www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/en/co/moloin/moloin_008.cfm
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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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 […]View Details
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 […]View Details
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 […]View Details
NO HIDDEN FEES DETAILED, ACCURATE QUOTES PROVIDED BEFORE ANY WORK IS STARTED
An EnerGuide Home Evaluation Approaches Your Home as a Total System and Educates You on How to
Energy reduction going green saving the planet with global warming by reducing your carbon foot print
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.
sealing (most cost effective but precautions need to be taken)
3. Mechanical system upgrades
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.
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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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.
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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
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.
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.
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.
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.