Taking on energy efficient renovations as a homeowner isn’t just good for the environment, it’s also the most reliable way you have to reduce your hydro bill without compromising the comfort of your home. The province of Ontario has an ongoing Green Ontario Fund to help homeowners pay for these renovations, plus there’s been a recent announcement that the federal government is going to inject $100 million into the province’s green retrofit program. That could mean an expansion into new types of renovations or more generous rebates. Either way, as a homeowner, it’s another way you can save money when you renovate your home, increasing its resale value and lowering your heating and electricity costs for years to come.
When you want to make your home more comfortable and more energy efficient, these are some of the top renovations you should consider.
1. Home Geothermal Systems – With up to $20,000 in rebates available, a home geothermal system may be within reach. A geothermal system is a bold new way to provide both heating and cooling to your home. In Ontario, the top 200 meters of the Earth’s crust is reliably between 6-11 degrees Celsius, thanks to heat from the Earth’s core radiating outward. A geothermal HVAC system utilizes that energy to heat your home in the winter and cool it in the summer, significantly reducing your hydro consumption.
2. Green Roof – A green roof is another candidate for Ontario home renovation rebates. A green roof helps insulation as well as drainage. Black-topped roofs are major contribution to flooding problems in Toronto, not to mention the Urban Heat Island effect. In an effort to cut down on these issues, the government of Ontario is offering rebates for implementing a green roof.
3. Electric Fireplace – An electric fireplace is a flexible, portable way to bring a cozy fire into your home. If you’re looking for a heat source, an electric fireplace is not the most energy efficient, but neither is a wood fireplace. Your central heating system remains the most energy efficient way to generate heat. But if you feel like a house isn’t a home without a fireplace on a cold winter night, an electric fireplace is the environmentally-friendly alternative. In fact, wood fireplaces are responsible for 62% of aromatic hydrocarbon emissions in the world. Besides contributing to climate change, aromatic hydrocarbons are also carcinogens and health hazards for human eyes.
As a homeowner, there are many ways you can take advantage of green initiatives and renovate your home. New homebuyers increasingly expect homes with a smaller carbon footprint and lower hydro costs. You can get more savings out of your home with the right renovations and improve its long-term value.
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