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2012 Community Energy Conservation Project For Markham

2012 Community Energy Conservation Project For Markham

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know-your-energy-scoreConserve energy. Save money. Help the environment. Enbridge Gas Distribution and the City of Markham have partnered with leading businesses in Ontario to bring homeowners in City of Markham an end-to-end energy conservation solution. Complete with energy expertise, helpful tools and valuable incentives, the Community Energy Conservation Project makes it easy and affordable for you to

Why is Enbridge offering the Community Energy Conservation Project?
Enbridge Gas Distribution is committed to the communities we serve. We believe that, when we all work together, we have the energy to make a difference. That’s why we teamed up with the City of Markham and leading Ontario businesses to bring you the Community Energy Conservation Project.
It’s Enbridge’s newest conservation program, but not our first. As a company dedicated to helping our customers reduce their natural gas consumption, we’ve been offering energy conservation programs and incentives since 1995.

Why should you get involved?
By reducing your natural gas consumption, you’ll lower your energy bills, save money and lessen the impact of your house’s energy use on the environment. You’ll also be protecting your home and your pocketbook against rising energy costs.

Why now?
Saving energy is always important, but making upgrades now will also help you prepare for the future – especially if electricity and water rates continue to rise.
As well, Enbridge and our partners wanted to offer you a way to make energy conservation more affordable now that EcoENERGY incentives from the federal and provincial governments have been cancelled.
As one of the most trusted names in the energy industry, it made sense for Enbridge to spearhead an end-to-end energy conservation program. Helping you save money is simply the right thing to do.

How does this program benefit the community?
To give you an idea of what a difference we can make when we all work together, the following are the cumulative results achieved through Enbridge’s energy efficiency programs in the province of Ontario from 1995-2010.
The total natural gas saved to the end of 2010 = 6.1Bm3. That’s enough natural gas to supply the needs of 1.9 million homes for a year.
In terms of greenhouse gas emissions, Enbridge programs have saved 11.5 M tonnes of CO2. That’s equivalent to taking 2.2 million cars off the road for a year.
Source: DSM cumulative results table.

Why should you get an energy score?
When you get an evaluation of your home’s current energy use, you’ll be given an energy score, using the Natural Resources Canada EnerGuide Rating System. An EnerGuide rating is a standard measure of your home’s energy performance.
Your home’s energy efficiency level will be rated on a scale of 0 to 100. A rating of 0 represents a home with major air leakage, no insulation and extremely high energy consumption. A rating of 100 represents a house that is airtight, well insulated, sufficiently ventilated and incorporates highest efficiency equipment. So, the higher your score the better.

A guide to energy scores.

House Characteristics Typical Rating
Older house not upgraded 0 to 50
Upgraded older house 51 to 65
Energy-efficient upgraded older house or typical new house 66 to 74
Energy-efficient new house 75 to 79
Highly energy-efficient new house 80 to 90
House requiring little or no purchased energy 91 to 100

Source: nrcan.gc.ca

Why should you get a new energy score after your retrofit?
During your energy evaluation, you’ll get recommendations on upgrades you can make to improve your home’s energy efficiency. Once you complete all (or even some) of the energy upgrades (also called retrofits), a post-retrofit evaluation will give you your home’s new and improved energy score.
When you compare the two scores, you’ll be able to see the impact your retrofits have made.
Knowing your energy score could have future benefits as well. With more and more Canadians looking for ways to conserve energy and make environmentally responsible choices, having a high energy score will be a selling feature for your home. Real estate companies may even start including energy scores on their listings. So in addition to saving on your monthly energy costs right now, you’ll reap additional rewards when you sell.

Step 1: Get an evaluation of your home’s current energy use.
An energy evaluation is an inventory and assessment of your home’s current energy efficiency. The evaluation will reveal areas where you can make improvements (called retrofits) to improve your home’s energy efficiency, in turn helping you conserve energy and save money.
Here’s what to expect:
An energy evaluation includes an inventory and thorough assessment of your home’s current heating, ventilation and cooling equipment and building envelope.
A blower door test will be conducted to determine if your home has air leakage which can cause wasted energy, uncomfortable drafts and poor air quality.
Your home will be given an energy score using the Natural Resources Canada EnerGuide Rating System – the higher the score the better.
During your evaluation, you will receive recommendations for improvements (called retrofits) that can help you maximize your home’s energy efficiency and reduce your energy bills.
Energy evaluations will be conducted by our program’s list of approved Certified Energy Advisors, with additional sustainability expertise provided by Sustainable Housing Foundation.
It’s best to book your energy evaluation in the summer or early fall, so that retrofits can be completed before for the winter heating season.

Use the Scotiabank EcoLiving Home Energy Savings Calculator to find out how much you could be savings. By answering a few simple questions,

Step 2: Implement a minimum of 2 or all of the recommended qualified energy upgrades.
Every energy evaluation is different because every house is different. The program qualified energy upgrades include:
High efficiency space heating upgrade
High efficiency water heating upgrade
Air sealing
Attic insulation upgrade
Wall insulation upgrade
Basement insulation upgrade
Drain water heat recovery installation
It is completely up to you to choose which 2, if any, recommended retrofits you want to make. To help you decide, be sure to check out the variety of incentives offered by Enbridge and our partners to help offset the cost.

Step 3: Finance your recommended retrofits.
To help homeowners in the City of Markham finance green home improvements, Scotiabank is offering a new, low-rate, fixed-term loan. Click here to learn more about the Scotiabank EcoLiving Term Loan* and other Community Energy Conservation Project offers from Scotiabank.

Step 4: Get your home’s new and improved energy score.
By getting a post-retrofit energy evaluation, you’ll be able to compare your new and improved energy score against the energy score your home was given prior to making retrofits. It’ll be proof positive that your energy efficiency upgrades have made a difference.

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