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Energy saving home renovation examples

Thinking about making energy efficient upgrades to your home? Below are real examples of some renovations that can increase your home's comfort, save energy and save money.

$1000 and up retrofit

The owner of a 1978 Coach Hill two-storey (1260 ft2) felt that the entire house was uncomfortably cold in the winter.

Renovations undertaken:

  • Attic insulation improved from R18 to R40
  • Weather stripping and caulking for doors and windows
  • Attic draft proofing
  • Hot water pipe insulation

Estimated annual savings after renovations:

  • Energy savings on natural gas - 5% less energy used per year
  • Reduction in greenhouse gas emissions - 409 gh of GHGs reduced per year

$2,000 and up retrofit

A $2,000 retrofit was carried out on a 1953 bungalow (856 ft2) in Altadore.

Renovations undertaken

  • Framing and insulation of basement to R12
  • Attic insulation improved from R10 to R40
  • Attic draft proofing
  • Weather stripping and caulking for doors and windows
  • Hot water pipe insulation

Estimated annual savings after renovations:

  • Energy saving on natural gas - 22% less energy used per year
  • Reduction in greenhouse gas emissions - 2,300 kg of GHGs reduced per year
  • Owner feedback: Basement now a usable space and much warmer since renovation

$4,000 and up retrofit

A Varsity home built in 1964 required substantial upgrades to improve its energy efficiency. The 1,286 ft2 bi-level house was an ideal candidate for a new furnace replacement as it still had the original unit.

Renovations undertaken:

  • Replaced furnace with a high-efficiency furnace (92% AFUE)
  • Attic insulation improved from R10 to R40
  • Attic draft proofing
  • Weather stripping and caulking for doors and windows

Estimated annual savings after renovations:

  • Energy savings on natural gas - 46% less energy used per year
  • Reduction in greenhouse gas emissions - 5,418 kg of GHGs reduced per year
  • Owner feedback: House more comfortable as hot and cold spots eliminated