Green Energy Continues to Power our Home Renovations
Green energy continues to be a force for good in our home lives; a couple of years ago my wife and I began eco renovations with the goal of saving money (taking advantage of various federal and provincial grants and credit programs) when we did much needed work on our home.
We the plunge and committed to the Canadian government’s ecoENERGY Retrofit homes program in a big way. As you can see from our previous posts in this blog, we had an eco audit and based on those recommendations we added more insulation, replaced windows and doors and upgraded to a high efficiency furnace and air conditioner.
By doing this we have accomplished what we set out to do:
1. Lower energy consumption (i.e. our September 2011 energy usage was 30% lower than 2010).
2. Increased the resale value of our home by having an EnergyStar rating of 79 (vs. 61 before we start renovated) which is very good for an older home we are told.
3. Maximized government rebates available (total rebates totaled more than $7,000).
Now we are moving on to a new eco-adventure in the form of solar power!!
Not only will we be installing solar panels on our roof but I have just started working for one of Ontario’s biggest and most experienced solar installation companies, SolarLogix.
SolarLogix designs, install and maintain roof top and ground mount solar arrays under the Ontario Power Authority’s MicroFIT program, which is:
- Establishing Ontario as the leader in green renewable energy in North America by encouraging individual property owners to install clean energy solutions that feed into the power grid and allowing them to earn 10% or more return on investment
- Is good for the environment
- Is good for the economy (creating tons of Ontario jobs, more on that in a later blog post)
- Is great for Ontario residents who choose to participate.
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So the direction of this blog will now change slightly. We will keep you up to date on our own solar panel installation as we go through the process, but we will also use this space to inform you about what’s happening in the green energy movement and what you can do to make a difference.
I look forward to your comments – both about solar energy for homeowners, but anything you read here about our own eco renovations!
Call me at 905-512-8500 or email Doug@ecorenovate.ca