What is a home energy assessment?
An energy assessment, sometimes called an energy audit or energy evaluation, is a highly detailed home inspection which provides information about your home’s energy efficiency and also addresses your home comfort concerns. An Energuide for Houses home energy assessment is conducted by a Natural Resources Canada registered energy advisor (REA) to analyse and report on your home’s energy performance, and to assist homeowners in making smart energy efficiency improvements. Along with your energy assessment you will receive a custom NRCan Energuide Rating Label (showing your home’s energy efficiency rating) and a comprehensive Energuide Homeowner Information Sheet (HOIS). Your Energy Advisor will also provide you with a Renovation Upgrade Report(RUR), which will highlight the recommended upgrades for your home. This report will function as a strategic planning tool to help guide your renovations so you can prioritize energy efficiency measures that deliver the best “bang for your buck”.
Why should I get a home energy assessment?
A home energy assessment is a great way to learn more about your home. An assessment will clearly identify how your home uses and loses energy. It will show you the best ways to make changes to your home in order to improve its energy efficiency, indoor air quality, and overall comfort. Every home is different, just like every homeowner is different. Your Energy Advisor will help you target the most cost effective approaches to make home energy upgrades, ones that make the most sense for you and your home.
An Energuide home energy assessment is also required for some rebate and incentive programs, and must be completed before starting any qualifying upgrades on your home.
For more information about available rebates and incentives that require a home energy audit, please visit the program websites for Enbridge’s Home Energy Conservation (HEC) program, and Union Gas’s Home Reno Rebate (HRR) program:
What will a Registered Energy Advisor Do?
Your energy advisor will conduct a basement to attic analysis of your home. They will take measurements and photographs and collect information such as:
- Insulation levels in the basement, main floor walls, overhanging floors and attic
- The style and orientation of your windows and doors
- The heating, air conditioning and ventilation systems in the home
- Your hot water heating system
- Air leakage in the home
Your energy advisor will also complete a blower door test, running a large fan to measure the amount of air leakage in your home. They will also walk you through the home to explain where the major air leaks are so that you can seal them up and make your home more comfortable. You may know about some areas of air leakage, but there are likely some you do not!
Benefits of an assessment:
- Knowledge – knowing more about your home will empower you to make the best choice for energy efficiency upgrades in our home
- Confidence – you can feel confident making the right changes to your home based on the results of your official NRCan Energuide Energy Assessment
- Savings – making energy efficiency upgrades to your home will have a lasting effect. Save for years to come on your energy bills.
- Comfort – learn how to tighten up those drafty areas and make your home more comfortable year round.
- Value – improving the energy efficiency and operating costs is a great way to increase the resale value of your home
- Incentives – access available grants and incentives which are tied to an NRCan Energuide energy assessment.
- Official Rating – Receive an official EnerGuide label from Natural Resources Canada showing your home’s energy rating.
What do I need to do to prepare for an energy assessment?
- Provide complete name, address, phone number and email address
- Answer a few questions about the house itself:
- Type of home (single detached, semi-detached)
- Number of stories
- Approximate square footage
- Known energy upgrades in the past (insulation, windows, heating system)
- Ensure one registered homeowner is present and available
- Have a property tax bill handy, for tax roll number
- Have your utility gas bill available, for account number
- Clean your fireplace of any and all ash from within the firebox for air leakage test
- Provide reasonable access to the attic hatch for advisor
- Indicate what upgrades you are considering/planning
- Provide payment for the assessment
EnviroCentre’s Assessment Service Fees:
EnerGuide Home Energy Assessment:
Includes a custom EnviroCentre home energy assessment, NRC an assessment reports, Energuide rating label, and access to qualifying incentive an rebate programs (if applicable).
Cost: $400 + HST
For more information about available rebates and incentives that require a home energy audit, please visit the program website for Enbridge’s Home Energy Conservation (HEC) program:
Follow-up Energy Audit:
Some rebate and incentive programs require a second energy assessment, sometimes called a “follow-up”, once your renovations have been completed. The purpose of this audit is to measure the difference in your home’s energy performance compared to the first assessment. This allows your Energy Advisor to quantify the work you have done and provide you with an updated EnerGuide rating.
Cost: $200 + HST
Other Energy Assessments:
Please contact us directly for details and pricing on an of EnviroCentre’s other program or service offerings.