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Now that everyone is spending more time at home, the comfort of being home is more important. As people consider renovations or moves, many don’t realize one of the first steps should be an energy assessment.
The insulation of basements is a very important issue, and one that is important not to neglect – equally as important as a home energy assessment! Actually, 20-25% of a heating bill can be consumed by air leakage in the basement.
Now that warmer weather is trying to make its presence more permanent, there’s plenty you can do to reduce your energy bills. And turning off the heat is a great start! You have plenty of other opportunities to re-evaluate your usage of energy at home. Find out how.
It’s worth it to hire a professional energy auditor to conduct a comprehensive home energy assessment – especially now when there are rebates not just on energy related renovations but also on the energy assessment itself.
To keep up with modern trends, Ontario’s proposed mandatory Home Energy Rating and Disclosure Program would require an energy audit before a home is listed and the advisor’s report be disclosed in the listing.
A home energy assessment can be a pain-free process and making the recommended home improvements can, and will, benefit you in the short and long term.
Becoming a Registered Energy Advisor will be an invaluable tool in the coming years, as newly constructed homes and homes entering the housing market to be sold may need an energy assessment in the near future.
Seek out companies with knowledge, legitimate certifications, and history in both the home inspections and energy assessments industry. As standards are always evolving, it’s important to find a company that is well versed and informed on the proper procedures and current trends.
As you stay indoors avoiding the cold, you likely have plenty of idle time. One way of using this time is by checking the state of your stairs and trim. When it comes to your staircase, begin by deciding whether you want or need to change only the spindles and handrails, or whether you need to refurbish the risers and steps too.