Before you invest in a home renovation, it is important to know where your home needs improvements. This short two- to three-hour evaluation will teach you about your own home, and leave you better able to plan your renovation with energy efficiency and future energy savings in mind to help offset the cost of the renovations.
Home Energy Assessment are used to determine the overall energy efficiency of your home, and to generate an accurate EnerGuide Rating for your home. The information collected is modelled, and we can then give you a report on what changes you can make to your home to maximize its efficiency. Including a priority list showing you which upgrades are worth it most in your home.
Once complete, our Energy Advisor will sit down with you to explain the changes that would make the largest impact on your home and your comfort. At this point you can ask any questions you have about what they found, or why certain upgrades will be of more value to you than others. You can of course call us at any time for more information after your Home Energy Assessment if you think of a question later on.
Our Energy Advisors are highly trained professionals who have extensive knowledge of the building envelope, and the idea that a home is a system with many working parts that all work together to keep you safe, healthy, and comfortable. During the Home Energy Assessment your Energy Advisor will:
Assess the type and thickness of your attic and/or cathedral ceiling or flat roof insulation.
Assess the type and thickness of your wall insulation.
Assess the type and thickness of your basement wall and pony wall insulation.
Assess the type and efficiency of your primary and supplemental heating systems.
Assess the type and efficiency of your domestic hot water heating system.
Assess your homes air leakage by performing a Blower Door Test which finds the source of heat loss in your home.
As we see above, there are many benefits to having a Home Energy Assessment completed by one of our Energy Advisors, but of course one of the most popular reasons is the eligibility for rebates through Efficiency Nova Scotia if you have a Home Energy Assessment completed before you begin your renovations.
Once you have completed your renovations, give us a call and our Energy Advisor will return to your home to conduct the Post Retrofit Evaluation. The purpose of this evaluation is to determine the improved EnerGuide Rating of your home, and to gather information to secure your rebates from Efficiency Nova Scotia, if applicable. The process usually takes less than an hour, it involves:
A review of the energy retrofits you have completed since the first evaluation.
Assess the homes updated air leakage by performing another Blower Door Test.
Obtain copies or photos of receipts for retrofits that are eligible for rebates.
Obtain signatures for any rebate application forms we submit on your behalf.
The post retrofit evaluation is also an opportunity for you to ask your Energy Advisor any additional questions you may have regarding any energy retrofits you may be planning to undertake in the future. Within a couple of weeks of the post retrofit evaluation, an official EnerGuide label will be mailed to you, confirming the new EnerGuide rating for your home. This is proof that your house was tested under official guidelines from Natural Resources Canada by a licensed advisor. Having this label is becoming increasingly relevant upon resale of existing homes.
Sustainable Housing will complete and submit any applicable rebate application forms on your behalf. Any rebates will be mailed directly to you!
Efficiency Nova Scotia Rebate Information
As of Oct 1st, 2015, Efficiency Nova Scotia has launched their new Home Energy Assessment program with partners like Sustainable Housing.
Here are some of the highlights:
- The cost of a Home Energy Assessment is now more affordable at $99+HST. For this new lower fee you still receive the same great evaluation of your home with a detailed report about the findings and recommendations for energy saving upgrades. You also still receive a follow up evaluation after you complete your upgrades at no cost.
- The maximum incentive you could receive has been raised to $5,000per home from the previous $1,500 amount!
- Traditional incentives for adding insulation to your home are still in place however they are even better as you can receive higher incentive amounts for completing multiple upgrades!
- New incentives have been added for qualifying home upgrades such as ductless mini-split heat pumps, central heat pumps, and wood and pellet burning appliances!
- Existing clients who have had their initial evaluation within the last 12 months but have not yet had their follow up evaluation are immediately eligible to receive the new incentive amounts!
Please call us at 1-877-722-2842 or email us at email@example.com for all the details!
Please Note: The Home Energy Assessment program and the $99 fee only applies to Electrically Heated homes. Homes that are heated through non-electric means do not qualify for the program or incentives. We can still provide Energy Evaluations including EnerGuide labels and recommendations for non-electric homes at a different fee structure. Please contact us for more details or to clarify which category your home falls under.