EnerGuide Home Energy Audits

Did you know that by improving your home’s energy efficiency, you can make your space more comfortable, save money, and be more climate conscious? Start your journey today with a home energy audit.  

What is an Energy Audit? 

An energy audit is an assessment of the efficiency of your building. It helps you identify areas where you could improve — for example, by sealing air leaks or adding insulation. From there, you will be offered a range of upgrades to help improve your comfort, health, and energy savings! 

An energy audit looks for:  

  • Air leaks and drafts  
  • Gaps around doors and windows 
  • Indoor air quality  
  • Insulation levels 
  • HVAC equipment 
  • … and much more!  

What’s Involved in an Audit  

  1. Getting Ready for Your Audit  

When you are booking an audit, a Registered Energy Advisor will ask you a series of questions, to make sure your home is eligible for assessment. To be eligible, make sure that: 

  • Your home is habitable.  
  • Your home isn’t under renovation during the audit.  
  • All openings are sealed — windows, doors, attic knee-walls, recessed lighting, etc. 
  • If you have a fireplace, don’t use it within 24 hours of your evaluation, and make sure you close the dampers. 
  • Make sure all areas of your home are accessible to the advisor.  
  • Bonus points if you have your property tax bill and roll number on-hand!  
  1. In-House Visit  

Generally, audits will take 2.5-3 hours. It’s required that the legal homeowner be present for the duration of the audit.  

During your in-house visit, a Registered Energy Advisor will evaluate different areas of your home, from insulation to heating and cooling systems. As well as this, they will conduct a blower door test, to assess your home’s air leakage.  

Blower door test.

Following your in-house visit you can expect to receive your Energy Audit Reports within approximately 2 week. This will outline several tiered recommendations to help you improve your energy efficiency. All recommendations are fully customized to your home and lifestyle, to help you navigate your next steps.  

  1. Receiving Your Report  

As well as this, you’ll receive an EnerGuide rating, comparing your home energy consumption with others. 

  1. Following Up on Your Audit  

If you have completed your retrofit and are curious about its energy impact, you can schedule a follow-up energy audit. During this visit, a Registered Energy Advisor will re-evaluate your home, and provide you with a new, updated EnerGuide rating. 

Please note that if you are applying for a rebate or incentives program (more information below), a follow-up energy audit will be required.  

Who Needs a Follow-Up Energy Audit? 

If you have received an EnerGuide audit, and completed the recommended retrofits, you may be eligible for a follow-up audit, assessing your new energy efficiency. This follow-up visit should take approximately 1 hour.  

After your follow-up audit, you will receive an updated EnerGuide rating, as well as estimations for your home’s: 

  • Air tightness  
  • Reduction in energy use (and cost savings!) 
  • Carbon reduction  

During your follow-up audit, all renovations must be completed. Your advisor will need to receive copies of invoices, receipts, or manufacturer’s literature as it relates to your retrofits. As well as this, your new doors and windows will require Energy Star labels.  

Please note that if you are applying for a rebate or incentives program (more information below), a follow-up energy audit will be required. 

How Much Does an Energy Audit Cost?

Initial energy audit: $500
Follow-up (post-upgrade) audit: $250

If you are eligible for an incentive program, the program may refund, in full or in part, the cost of your audits.

Rebates and Incentive Programs 

Canada Greener Homes Grant

Live now!

This federal program will be available to homeowners retroactive to December 1st, 2020. As part of the program, they are offering: 

  • 700,000 grants of up to $5,000, helping homeowners make energy efficiency upgrades.  
  • Up to one million free EnerGuide energy assessments.  

Learn more here.

Enbridge Gas Home Efficiency Rebate Program  

Only available to Enbridge customers, this program offers energy assessment rebates up to $550, and more.  

Learn more here.

Enbridge Gas Home Winterproofing Program 

Only available to Enbridge customers, this program offers free insulation, draft proofing and a smart thermostat for all qualifying households. 

Learn more here.

Energy Savings Rebate program  

With approximately $200 million available, this program supports point of sale rebates for energy efficiency products in Ontario.  

Learn more here.

To book your Basic Energy Audit or find out more get in touch.

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