Saskatchewan EnerGuide for Houses Program

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You may qualify for provincial Saskatchewan EnerGuide for Houses Program to make your home more energy efficient. Your 'retro-fitted' home will reap the energy cost savings immediately, and the Government of Saskatchewan will issue grants and/or rebates to you for upgrading your home. To find out if you qualify, simply contact us and speak with one of our team members.

sask energy grantsThinking of ways to make your home more energy efficient? The Rebates and Incentives listed here are designed to decrease your overall energy consumption (electricity and natural gas) and help you enjoy savings from lower monthly bills.

The Saskatchewan EnerGuide for Houses (SEGH) program offers provincial grants for home improvements that lower energy costs, improve comfort and reduce your home’s impact on the environment.  The EnerGuide for Houses Program provides rebates to the Saskatchewan homeowners of up to $5,000.

Saskatchewan EnerGuide for Houses (SEGH) was developed in cooperation with Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) to help you make choices that will improve the comfort and energy efficiency of your home.  Provincial grants are currently available for homeowners who complete specific energy efficiency upgrades based on the results of their SEGH evaluations - which our Total Home Certified Energy Advisors are fully qualified to perform.

Total Home Solutions is fully certified by NRCan, and we are able to determine how your home is using energy and where it is being wasted.

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Energy Savings

Heating and cooling account for about 56% of the energy use in a typical Canadian home, making it the largest energy expense for most homes. This provides a big opportunity for energy savings. A wide variety of technologies are available for heating and cooling your home, and they achieve a wide range of efficiencies in converting their energy sources into useful heat or cool air for your home. In addition, many heating and cooling systems have certain supporting equipment in common, such as thermostats and ducts, which provide opportunities for saving energy.

You can reduce your home's heating and cooling costs and realize energy savings through proper insulation and air sealing techniques. These techniques will also make your home more comfortable.

Any air sealing efforts will complement your insulation efforts, and vice versa. Proper moisture control and ventilation strategies will improve the effectiveness of air sealing and insulation, and vice versa.

Water heating can account for 14%–25% of the energy consumed in your home. This is another opportunity for energy savings. You can reduce your monthly water heating bills by selecting the appropriate water heater for your home and by using some energy-efficient water heating strategies.

Energy-efficient windows, doors, and skylights can help lower a home's heating, cooling, and lighting costs and compound energy savings. Proper installation of windows and doors is critical to maximize efficiency and reduce heat loss. Poorly installed or improperly sealed window and door frames are major contributors to air leakage and heat loss. Significant energy savings are realized with properly installed high performance windows and doors. For more information, visit our energy savings rebates page.

Energy Rebates

We're making it easy and attractive for you to save energy. In addition to impressive financing options for energy-efficient home improvements, there are valuable grants and energy rebates also available to homeowners that can help offset the cost burden of making your home more energy efficient.

In addition, government incentives, such as the federal government’s ecoENERGY program, which offers grants for residential energy saving improvements, encourage Canadians to make changes. 66% of Canadians are interested in participating in an energy saving program and 11% are already participating in an energy rebate program. Two-thirds of respondents say they are more likely to make energy efficient upgrades if they benefit from tax credits and 59% say they are likely to consider an environmental assessment prior to home renovations.

You can make a positive impact on your wallet by reducing your impact on the environment. From taking transit or driving a fuel efficient vehicle, to making energy-efficient upgrades to your home, many of your eco-friendly actions can save you money. Search by province and discover green incentive programs available in your area and take advantage of some savings!

Pre-retrofit evaluation: Hire a local service organization licensed by NRCan. They will send a certified energy advisor to perform a pre-retrofit energy evaluation from the attic to the foundation.  Retrofit with receipts: Choose, purchase and install eligible measures described in this document, and keep your receipts for three years. The more upgrades you implement, the more ecoENERGY Rebates you can receive, and the more energy you can save.  Post-retrofit evaluation: Complete your renovations and obtain a post-retrofit evaluation no later than March 31, 2012. You must show all your receipts to your energy advisor during the final evaluation to verify that you purchased and installed eligible upgrades after June 6, 2011, and after a pre-retrofit evaluation.

Home Improvement Grants

What Home Improvements Qualify for Grants?

To qualify for these home improvement grants there are certain criteria that the homeowner, and renovation job, must meet. Owners of single-family homes or homes that are at least 50% permanent residential space, detached, and semi-detached homes are eligible.

If you meet all of the above criteria you are then eligible to receive your ecoENERGY grant providing the renovation is on the list of eligible improvements, as outlined by the Canadian government, and also meets specified measurements. Be sure to check with the official list before doing your home repair, as there are specific products that need to be used, and varying grant amounts depending on the specific renovation you are doing.

Eligible Improvements

Some of the home improvements eligible for a housing grant include replacements to your:

  • Heating system
  • Cooling System
  • Ventilation System
  • Domestic Hot Water Equipment
  • Ceiling, Exterior Wall, Foundation, Basement, Exposed Floor Insulation (overhangs and floors above an unheated space, excluding crawl spaces)
  • Air Sealing
  • Doors, Windows, and Skylights (heated space only)
  • Water Conservation

As global warming becomes more of a concern, homeowners and developers are looking for ways to reduce their carbon footprints and make their homes more energy efficient. Making eco-friendly switches and improvements to houses can be costly, which might deter builders and homeowners who don't have the extra cash to invest. Fortunately, federal, provincial government and utilities sponsor home improvement grants for individuals and communities who make environmentally friendly improvements to their homes.

If you are planning on improving your home, there are a few things to keep in mind that might help pay for those upgrades, while making your home more energy efficient.  Home improvement grants are available today.  Total Home Energy Advisors can provide objective advice.  The report will assist you in upgrading your home to help the environment and save you money on your energy bills, from start to finish. 

As it happens, both the federal and provincial governments are offering healthy financial incentives - if you undertake certain recommended retrofits.

Most importantly, you need to contract with a licensed energy advisor who will conduct a detailed on-site assessment of your home's energy use including a "blower door" test to find air leaks. The advisor will provide you with the actual energy efficiency rating of your home along with a report and list of recommended retrofits.

After you have completed your energy upgrades, the advisor will conduct a second evaluation and calculate a new energy efficiency rating that indicates the improved energy use in your home.  From there, the advisor will determine exactly how much you can expect to receive, prepare the paperwork for you to sign, and submit the grant application(s).

Home Renovations

There are many benefits to home renovations centered around energy savings.  In making energy saving improvements in your home.  These improvements can reduce your energy use, minimize moisture and condensation problems, limit outdoor noise and greenhouse gas emissions.  Energy-saving renovations can improve your indoor air quality, humidity levels, and your overall comfort level.

Home renovations can increase property value, reduce energy bills and improve comfort and esthetic, but they're not always easy to manage. Here's how to ensure your renovation goes smoothly.  Your home’s resale value depends on several factors, including the price of comparable homes in the neighbourhood, location and its overall condition.  Though well-planned renovations can dramatically increase the value of some homes, avoid renovating with only resale in mind: it’s impossible to know what buyers are looking for or if the market will change by the time you’re ready to sell. Instead, focus on keeping your home in good condition rather than following trends or blowing your budget on esthetics.

The survey also revealed that over half of all Canadians (51 per cent) are planning to undertake home renovations over the next 12 months. Of those planning renovations, 88 per cent want to learn more about how to make their homes greener, while 83 per cent are actively looking for ways to reduce their home energy bills. Canadians said that their renovations would include new windows and doors (48 per cent), toilets (36 per cent) and air sealing/draft proofing (34 per cent).

It’s true home renovations that make your home easier to heat or cool will maintain comfortable temperatures throughout the house and will save you money.  But there are additional savings you may not have thought about.  The air quality in your home is also improved because moisture, dust and other airborne allergens can be trapped and eliminated before anyone is impacted.  This adds up to health savings for you and your family.  Of course you can also feel good about home renovations that make for greater energy efficiency because it’s not just your indoor environment you’re affecting, those improvements area also good for the outdoor environment – less energy use equals fewer greenhouse gas being emitted and that helps reduce climate change.  Making your home energy efficient isn’t just a winter job.  Living in the northern hemisphere, particularly in Canada, it’s easy to get caught in the trap of thinking energy efficiency is only important in the winter. Because our heating bills shoot up during the colder winter months it’s easy to get fixated on this one aspect of energy use.  In reality having an eco-friendly home is a year round and a home round job.  Home heating is just one part of the picture. Learn about how to qualify for home renovation grants.

Home Energy Advisor

Do you live in a house that is cold, drafty, and uncomfortable? Are your utility bills literally through the roof? If so, you could benefit from the services of a professional Home Energy Advisor.  A Home Energy Advisor is extensively trained and Government certified to provide expert unbiased advice on a wide variety of energy efficient upgrades you can consider for your home.

A Home Energy Advisor will perform a thorough assessment of your home to determine where you can most benefit from upgrades to reduce heat loss and improve the efficiency and comfort of your home.  This assessment usually takes approximately 2 hours and the homeowner is provided with a detailed, customized report.  This report will have a list of recommendations that could be implemented to improve your home.

Your Home Energy Advisor is constantly staying abreast of changes in the industry, available equipment, and installation procedure improvements. The Home Energy Advisor is a valuable resource and will help you make the right decision when it comes to equipment choices and products available to make your home more comfortable, healthy, and efficient.

Energy Audit

How much money are you pumping out annually through the “envelope” or “shell” of your home?  Total Home Solutions uses proven technology to assess homes for energy losses.  We identify leakage areas and energy drains, and help you find the most cost-effective and practical ways to cut down on your energy use. 

With information gathered in this expert energy audit, homes have the potential to be more energy efficient and comfortable.  Through such measures as air sealing, improved attic insulation, proper HVAC installation, crawl space, header and foundation insulation and sealing. The energy audit is a crucial first step because every home is different and therefore requires a customized energy solution.  Total Home Solutions documents the home from basement to attic, where you choose to implement the upgrades is completely up to you.  We are here as a resource to guide you through the practical steps that fit within your retrofit plans.

We think it’s worth finding out. A home energy audit is one of the first steps to understanding your home's energy usage, as well as its overall health and performance. Using a combination of pressurization tests and common sense building science, a good auditor provides homeowners with a list of energy and money saving steps, explains how and why your house is costing you money, then prioritizes the steps to take to knock down those costs over the long haul.

An energy audit is likely the best place to start if you want to make your home more energy efficient.  Home energy auditors are trained to view your house as a system. They will give your house a current and potential energy efficiency rating in your customized report.  This report is helpful to inform you of components in the home that are adequate and what areas would benefit by upgrading.  Auditors are not there to sell you specific products and you are under no obligation to make the improvements they suggest.  They offer objective advice and are there to listen to your concerns on how to make your home more comfortable and efficient.

An Total Home Energy Advisor will perform a detailed on-site home energy audit of your home's energy consumption. The advisor will then provide you with a customized written report which includes a checklist of recommended retrofits to improve the energy efficiency of your home.  This report will also correspond to a grant amount for each eligible upgrade.  The incentive chart is regularly updated and current on our website.

Home Improvement

The secret behind completing any home improvement project is to improve the value of a home and therefore obtaining the best return on investment.  This is why installing high cost items, such as installing new custom built kitchen cabinets, may not increase the home’s value unless the entire kitchen is completely remodeled.  Therefore, it is prudent to think what pays you back right away, lower the bills you already pay.

Home Improvement Made Simple - Draft Proofing

You can lose up to 15% of the heat in your home through drafty doors and windows, and another 10% through the floors. To help avoid this:  Keep drafts out. A brush or PVC seal for external doors costs just a few dollars from your local DIY store. Draft-stopping tape can be used around offending doors or windows. Try using a lit incense stick to help pinpoint where small drafts are originating.

Home Improvement 101 Insulate for the Greatest Savings

A sure-fire way to lower your heating bills is to improve the insulation in your property. Whether it’s the attic, walls or pipes, proper insulation makes a difference.

Insulate the attic. You can save heating costs by laying a fibreglass insulation blanket over the joists or filling the spaces between joists with loose-fill granules. Since up to 25% of your home’s heat is lost through the roof, you should recoup the cost within a few years.

Check existing insulation. Older houses often have only a thin layer of insulation. Ideally, it should be at least 20 cm (8 in.) deep. After your initial audit.  Top it up by 10–15 cm (4–6 in.) and you could be more comfortable and save money on heating costs.  Check this site for the terrific rebates available.

Insulate the pipes. Insulate hot-water pipes with electric heat tape or flexible foam tubing, which you can buy from a plumbers’ supply or DIY store. You could save more than just the cost of lost heat—proper insulation helps to stop pipes freezing and bursting in winter.

ecoEnergy Rebate

To qualify for ecoENERGY rebates a homeowner must have an energy audit completed with a local NRCan-certified energy auditor. This person will come out to the home and conduct an inspection to calculate how much energy can be saved. He or she will first go around the home and check the windows, doors and roof areas for leaks or damaged areas where the weather can get into the home.  Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) is the government agency responsible for offering a residential energy efficiency assessment service to the owners of residential homes.  This includes detached, semi-detached and low-rise multi-unit residential buildings - or MURBs - that are three storeys or less in height. Under NRCan’s ecoENERGY Retrofit program these designated property owners can receive federal grants for increasing the energy efficiency of their homes and by reducing their home's affect on the immediate surroundings and, as well, the environment.

Environmentally friendly home renovations and upgrades are popular with Canadians.  27% of Canadians have done a green home renovation or are planning to do so in the future, another 29% of Canadians said they would like to carry out a green home renovation but don’t know where to start. Total Home Solutions makes it a little easier for home owners to find information about green home renovations and upgrades through this website.  Your energy advisor has the experience to guide you through the eco energy rebate process. 

The ecoENERGY rebate program is available to owners of single-family homes, including detached, semi-detached and low–rise, multi-unit residential buildings.  Property owners can qualify for federal grants by improving the energy efficiency of their homes and reducing their home’s impact on the environment. The maximum grant one can receive per home is $5,000. Retrofit was re-launched July 13, 2011 and is scheduled to end March 31, 2012. Learn more about eco energy rebates.

Home Energy Audit

A home energy audit can identify the areas where you are losing the most heat and the most effective things you can do to improve its efficiency.  Bear in mind, where you are losing heat in the colder seasons, you are losing the cooled, conditioned air in the warmer months.  Follow through with the recommended upgrades and changes and you could save $100 or more a month on your energy bill.

An Total Home Energy Advisor will perform a detailed on-site home energy audit of your home's energy consumption. The advisor will then provide you with a customized written report which includes a checklist of recommended retrofits to improve the energy efficiency of your home.  This report will also correspond to a grant amount for each eligible upgrade.  The incentive chart is regularly updated and current on our website. 

A home energy audit is a simple but diligent whole-house evaluation. We can assist you to identify energy loss areas in any type of house.  When assessing your home, we complete a checklist of areas inspected and leakage areas found during the blower door test.  The list we compile and present in your report will help you prioritize your energy efficiency upgrades.

Among other things, a home energy audit collects information to identify and document building envelope air leaks (drafts).  The potential energy savings from reducing drafts in a home may range from 5% to 30% per year, and the home is generally much more comfortable. We check for indoor air leaks, such as gaps along the baseboard or edge of the flooring and at junctures of the walls and ceiling.

Home Renovation Grants

Renovations for a Greener Home

If renos are eco-friendly, home-owners may also qualify for up to $7,000 in federal and provincial grants. Green home renovation grants are available through the Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) ecoENERGY Retrofit program, which encourages homeowners to save energy by retrofitting their homes with greener solutions. Property owners can receive up to $5,000 through the eco ENERGY program for energy-efficient upgrades. Making ecoENERGY-eligible renovations can then qualify homeowners for up to an additional $5,000 in provincial and other local grants.

With ecoENERGY-qualified retrofits, you’ll benefit not only from the initial home renovation grants, but also from lowered energy bills, which can be reduced up to 40%, according to NRCan. And green renos can also create a healthier living environment for your family. Plus, greener homes can fetch a premium on the market, as future buyers are assured lower energy costs.

The amount of home renovation grant money that you will receive for your home retrofit depends on what you are doing, as well as the product that you are installing. For example, if you are replacing your old heating system for an ENERGY STAR qualified gas furnace that has a 92.0 percent AFUE or higher and a brushless DC motor, you will receive $625.  Regardless of the product you choose to install, if it is on the list there is money to be saved, so get started on your home renovations today!

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