Energy Assessment = Government $$$$.....

A few weeks ago we helped a very nice couple purchase a home in the Newton area. During the home inspection the inspector recommended that the couple get a Home Energy Assessment before they purchase any new appliances or preform any renovations to the home.

I figure that since today the weather sucks and old man winter is upon us, why not explain what a Home Energy Assessment is. Plus it will put some extra money in your pockets.

Energy assessments are usually executed in two stages. Before the home improvements and after implementing the improvements but before sending in the paperwork for your rebates.

The preliminary assessment is also known as the “D” assessment, while the “E” assessment is the post-retrofit evaluation. Most rebate programs require that the assessment be performed by an energy advisor who is certified by the rebate program. Make sure to check with your energy advisor that they are certified.

Do I Need An Energy Assessment?

If you want government money; then YES!! Your energy assessment will show you which home improvements can save energy and water consumption, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and save money on your home’s utility bills.

The Energy Assessment Process

  • The initial or “D” assessment can take up to 3 hours
  • A visual inspection of your home, from foundation to rooftop
  • The energy inspector will measure your insulation the age and efficiency of your heating and cooling system, your appliances, your doors and windows, and your water-using fixtures such as toilets and showerheads.

An accredited energy inspector will perform a blower-door test: This consist of sealing a door with a plastic seal that has a fan built in. The fan blows air out of your house. By measuring the change in air pressure, the test measures how airtight your house is. This allows the energy inspector to assign the home an EnerGuideCanada rating and an air-tightness score.

After The Initial Assessment

Once finished, you will receive a report with a list of suggested improvements. If the assessment is part of a rebate program, the list should also indicate what rebates are eligible for. The report also shows your home’s airtightness and its EnerGuideCanada efficiency rating. Homes are evaluated against other homes of a similar size, age and construction.

The “E” Assessment

A post-retrofit or “E” assessment. At this assessment, the energy advisor inspects the enhancements that have been performed on your home, and again measures your airtightness. If the improvements meet the criteria set out by the rebate program, the advisor will certify that the work has been done and will calculate how much you can expect to receive in rebates and grants. In many cases the advisor will prepare and submit the paperwork, too.

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