A Checklist for Energy Efficiency

It’s not quite spring in Edmonton yet, but it’s getting close enough that some of us are starting to dream about warmer weather and the popular warmer weather pastime of home improvement. When you are renovating it is important to think of energy efficiency; it can save you money, increase the resale value of your home, and reduce your share of greenhouse gas emissions responsible for climate change. To help you with your decisions, our┬áCO2RE team will be at the Home Renovation Show on February 5-7. You can stop by and visit us to pick up your copies of the Home$avers booklets on home energy efficiency. We’re Booth 907 in Hall B (in the far corner by one of the stages).

Think about these important tips when you start planning your renovations, and visit CO2RE at the show or online www.edmonton.ca/co2re for more information.

High Efficiency Heating Systems
With ever increasing energy costs, a high efficiency heating system (90% or higher) will provide substantial long-term savings. Ask for Energy Star rated furnaces, boilers, heat pumps, appliances and programmable thermostats for maximum energy efficiency.

Air Sealing
Air leaks can increase heating costs and cold drafts and make for uncomfortable rooms. Air leakage can be measured with a blower door test performed by a qualified energy advisor or you can do an informal draft test with an incense stick.

Upgraded Insulation
Check for minimum insulation R-values of at least R-12 for basement (R-20 preferred); R-20 for walls (+ R-10 exterior preferred) and R-40 for ceilings/attic.

High Performance Windows
As a minimum, ask for Low-E, argon gas filled, double glazed windows.

Appliances and Energy Efficient Lighting
Check for or purchase Energy Star qualified appliances. Install Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) bulbs and fixtures.

Water Conserving Toilets, Faucets, and Showerheads
Check for Ultra Low Flow (ULF) 6 litre toilets, low flow showerheads (2 litres per minute) and kitchen and bathroom faucets fitted with aerators restricting flow to 6 litres per minute or less.

High Efficiency Water Heater
Check for a high efficiency water heater such as Energy Star units. If buying electric, look for the highest tank insulation levels, dual heating elements and accessible temperature controls

If you don’t get a chance to stop by this weekend, you can always check out our Home$avers Series of booklets online for more information and tips on Attic Insulation, Basement Insulation, Caulking and Weatherstripping, Condensation, Conserving Electricity, Heating Systems, Ventilation, Water Conservation, and Windows.