Increase the comfort of your home. Reduce your energy consumption and receive a rebate from the government. An NRGwise Energy Advisor can help you make the most of the latest federal incentive.
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.
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.
Windows and doors play a large role in the energy efficiency and value of your home. Therefore, you shouldn’t overlook them when considering remodels or updates to your house, or your yearly home improvement budget.
Initiating home improvements doesn’t need to be a challenging experience. This is the perfect time to identify problem areas, begin planning, searching for inspiration (Pinterest, anyone?), and seeking out the appropriate professionals.
With the hustle and bustle of the holidays behind us, and the cold keeping us indoors, it can be a great time to focus on some interior renovations such as flooring. While you’re repairing your damaged floors, why not get your exposed floor insulation checked to make sure it’s doing it’s job properly?
Becoming a Home Energy Advisor and learning the techniques and skills to help fix problems is an invaluable skill to either base your career on, or add to your existing skill set. These marketable skills add-on to your home repair, home inspection, or general contracting business.
During this busy month of hospitality, it is important to ensure that the exterior looks beautiful, sure, but year round it is important to take measures to conserve the exterior of your home, including steps that will help you to conserve energy.
During the busy and social month of December, it is especially important to make sure that your home doesn’t suffer from any plumbing issue. Imagine your frustration, or even embarrassment, to run into major plumbing issues when you have a house full of guests.
Electricity plays such an integral role in our lives year round – but during this season we would venture to say it becomes even more important. In fact, many people wouldn’t imagine life, nor the holiday season, without electricity.
December is a busy month. An array of activities and obligations fill this season and that’s why we, here at BuyWise, are not going to hold you up with long and deep articles. Instead, December will be all about quick tips for areas of your home.
Whether it is the garage door, pipes, or an appliance, when it’s time for a repair or renovation you may be tempted to do it yourself. At first glance, do it yourself repair appears to save you money and time. While it might be the case in certain instances, it is always better and prudent to hire a professional.
The easiest way of understanding the concept of condo responsibility and ownership is to view it as an apartment that’s owned. Ownership usually extends inward from the ceilings, floors, and walls. It’s highly important for any condominium or townhouse buyer to have a clear idea of what will not or what will be covered.
Tankless water heaters, also known as instantaneous or demand-type water heaters, offer hot water only when it’s needed. Their best attribute is they never produce standby energy losses related to storage water heaters, saving you a substantial amount of money.
To approximately 80% of buyers that purchase a house valued more than $200,000, a fireplace tops the list of most desirable amenities. Besides, who isn’t into warming up next to a cozy fireplace in the winter or anytime it’s cold?
Insulation acts as barrier to heat gain and heat loss. By insulating your house, you’ll keep warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. Insulation helps you save up to 40% in cooling and heating bills.
Many Canadians enter the fall season by enjoying the crisp air and putting on sweaters and light jackets after a hot summer. But this is often short lived as memories from winters past start to set in, knowing we can never fully deny the inevitable.
The Ontario government recently announced a rebate program for home energy assessments and qualifying renovations. With up to $5,000 up for grabs, it’s a great time to consider an energy assessment! Some incentives for renovations is the opportunity to receive $1,000 with the upgrade of your heating system.
Most of us know that owning a home is a huge commitment. From the initial buying process to caring for it over the years, it can be a labour of love, but also a major investment of both time and money. Just like any investment, it needs to start off on the right foot, and be occasionally checked up on over time.
So you’ve decided to get a home energy assessment. Or have you? Maybe you want to see if you can save money on your electric bill, or maybe you just want to improve your carbon footprint. Regardless of the reason, you’re considering taking the step, let’s talk about the benefits of an energy assessment.
Buying and selling homes is no easy matter; it takes time, patience, and energy to hone that craft. When selling homes, anything you can use to help a home be more attractive to buyers should be considered an asset to your repertoire, and a tool to throw into the mix when needed.
So you’ve taken the first step and decided to get an energy audit. It could be for many reasons, but the most important thing is that you’ve decided to get it done. Now that you’ve taken that step, you’re looking at numerous companies, everyone coming at you using a unique angle or marketing ploy.
Owning a home is an investment, and one that needs to be maintained. You’ll paint the exterior, trim the grass, replace old gutters, just to keep up the appearance of your investment. But what about the inner workings?