Having a home energy assessment, along with a formal home energy audit, can be of great value in determining if a home is operating at peak efficiency. A home that is poorly performing is a home that is wasting energy and wasting money, both winter and summer. With heating and cooling costs accounting for the majority of energy consumption in a home, poor performance can account for thousands of dollars of squandered utility costs throughout the calendar year.

The good news for homeowners is that energy efficiency issues can be corrected. A home energy audit can accurately assess energy performance issues – and a Certified Energy Auditor can then recommend appropriate solutions. Finally, a professional home energy specialist can make all the necessary repairs and retrofits. The results will be noticeable and measurable - energy efficient homes consume less energy in winter and summer, and lessen utility costs throughout the year.

A formal home energy audit, performed by an accredited technician, will encompass the full extent of the home - checking for air leakage; examining insulation performance; inspecting the HVAC system; and performing a host of other tests.  With high-tech equipment and diagnostic tools, the Energy Auditor can evaluate the present condition of a home, while comparing the benefits achieved when improvements are made. The idea, of course, is to save money annually.

A professional home energy audit sets the stage for improvements

With a comprehensive home energy audit, a homeowner can better understand the performance of the home overall, as well as personal energy consumption patterns. Understanding energy use (and misuse) can help to identify where improvements can be made. What’s most important with a home energy audit is to identify those performance issues that can be effectively rectified.

With a Certified Energy Auditor on hand, a home energy audit is all-inclusive - it’s a process that allows for an accurate energy profile to be established, and a viable action plan to be designed.

  • the overall operation of the home is assessed with regard to energy efficiency
  • performance issues are flagged, and then underscored for eventual resolution
  • energy bills are assessed in order to pinpoint patterns of energy consumption
  • with improvements in mind, long-term utility savings can be aptly quantified
  • audit findings will set the stage for implementation of repairs and/or retrofits

Why it’s important to work directly with a Certified Energy Auditor

Certified Energy Auditors are endorsed by National Resources Canada (NRCan). Amongst their specialties, they provide service to homeowners who want to improve home energy efficiency. Working with a licensed “service” organization, energy auditors have a demonstrated knowledge and expertise with residential energy efficiency. They will quantify air leakage; assess insulation performance; and evaluate the efficiency of the HVAC system.

Once ahome energy audit has been completed, the energy auditor will prepare a report that highlights problem areas and recommends suitable remedies. At that point, a homeowner can decide on which repairs and/or retrofits to undertake. The objective, of course, is to target the weaknesses that were found, and strive for enhanced energy efficiency. This will reduce the demands on heating and cooling, and therefore reduce costs.

The benefits of working with a Building Envelope Consultant

In every home, large or small, performance issues can emerge for a number reasons. The building materials used may be low quality; various installations may have been inadequate; and regular maintenance may be lacking. Whatever the case, a Building Envelope Consultant can accurately assess problem issues, while recommending retrofit solutions to avoid future complications.

Today, Building Envelope Consultants have a particular focus on home energy efficiency. This is primarily because of the increasing cost of energy, and the increasing emphasis on conserving energy. For the typical homeowner, enhanced energy efficiency translates into reduced energy needs and reduced energy consumption, both of which reduce utility bills throughout the year.

Following a home energy audit, a Building Envelope Consultant can offer a range of “fixes”, with a focus on the most cost-effective options. From energy efficient windows to high performance insulation, the recommended retrofits will provide the best return-on-investment going forward. In many cases, the annual energy savings can offset the actual cost of the repairs and retrofits.

Barrier Sciences Group specializes in home energy efficiency

At Barrier Sciences Group, in-house Building Envelope Consultants are formally trained to handle a wide range of home energy challenges. The team at BSG has decades of residential experience, having serviced property owners of all types. BSG does it all – from providing the home energy audit, to assessing potential improvement options, to expediting the necessary repairs/retrofits.

Today, home energy issues are becoming more and more central to homeowners. In the short term, there are cost savings and home comfort to consider. In the long term, homeowners will actually be responsible for showing “proof of energy efficiency” when selling their residential property. Clearly, the benefits of improving home energy efficiency make the effort worthwhile.

At Barrier Sciences Group, the focus on every home is to improve energy performance in a substantial way. This means making energy retrofits that produce demonstrable cost savings.

Nothing quite compares with the BSG approach to home energy. Homeowners are provided with an in-depth home energy audit, wide-ranging assessments, and effective, feasible solutions.

When significant material improvements are made toenergy performance, the cost savings are immediate – winter heating bills are lessened, as are summer cooling bills. Depending on the scope of work undertaken, the cost of repairs and retrofits can be quickly offset by the annual dollar savings. For best results, however, it’s recommended that professionals do the work.

The good news for homeowners throughout Ontario comes in the form of provincial rebates and incentives for energy upgrades and retrofits. With an approved service provider and installation contractor, homeowners can choose from a range of projects that contribute to energy efficiency:

  • boosting the home’s existing attic/roof insulation
  • enhancing R-Values in various parts of the home
  • air sealing/weatherizing weaknesses in the home
  • installing high performance basement insulation
  • retrofitting exterior wall insulation/air barriers

To find out more about home energy audits, call Barrier Sciences Group at 1-866-333-3920 or visit the company website at www.barriersciences.com .

The Province’s HRRP Now Offers New Eligibility, New Territories, & New Incentives.

There’s great news for homeowners who are planning to do residential renovations or upgrades! The Ontario Government has significantly enhanced the province’s Home Reno Rebate Program. And the bottom line for homeowners - higher rebates! By doing renovations or upgrades that will improve a home’s energy efficiency, homeowners may be eligible for substantial rebates of up to $5,000 from Union Gas. Simply put, there are long-term payoffs with an energy efficient home.

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