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Making your apartment or condo energy efficient means more money goes in your pocket at the end of each month.
Feel great about doing your part for the environment, reducing your greenhouse gas emissions, by making your home more efficient on energy.

The Boardwalk condominium building reduced its gas bill by 22% just by showing residents how to shut off their fireplace pilot lights over the summer and installing timers on all the gas fireplaces. The $4,500 investment paid off in just four months! Click here for this story.  

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For more stories about how other condo's and apartments have saved, visit the Terasen Gas website.


Apartments and Condos

One suite at a time

As an individual living in a condo or an apartment, One Day at Home's simple and low cost actions almost all apply to you.  For a bigger impact, share these tips with your neighbours or discuss them at your next strata council meeting.

ecoENERGY Retrofit Initiative (formerly EnerGuide for Houses)

Before investing in energy efficiency improvements in your condo, federal grants are available if you first perform a third-party home energy evaluation through one of the registered evaluators (see below). The federal grants average $1000 per home to a maximum of $5000!

The ecoENERGY program includes two home visits - one before you retrofit and one after. The first home visit includes a visual walk through and measurement of all energy-related components, including windows, doors, heating, ventilation, and insulation. After closing all the doors and windows in the home, the advisor turns on a large fan to identify and quantify the overall air leakage in the building. The advisor then prepares a customized report noting the recommendations for energy upgrades.

The evaluation includes:

  • A detailed energy evaluation of your house by a specially trained advisor
  • A blower-door test to find air leaks
  • A report showing where your home is wasting energy and how you can correct the situation
  • A rating label from 1-100; the higher the rating, the more efficient your home

The EnerGuide advisor will review your report with you to answer any questions you may have.

The ecoENERGY retrofit grant program for homes and multi-unit residential buildings (MURBs) offers the following incentive options.*    

 Energy Efficiency Improvement

Grant

Insulation
(attic, exterior wall, crawl space & basement)

~$680 - $9,300

(up to $23,000 for MURBS)

Heating Systems (ENERGY STAR rated)

~$300 - $600

Ventilation and Cooling Systems
(Heat Recovery Ventilators & Air Conditioners)

~$200 - $300

Domestic Hot Water Systems
(Solar, instantaneous, grey water heat recovery systems)

~$50 - $500

Windows/ Doors/ Skylights

$30 per unit

Water Conservation (low or dual flow toilets)

$50 per unit

*Grant combinations may not exceed $5000 per building.

Contact one of the following organizations to schedule an EnerGuide for Houses evaluation:

Company

Phone

Website

Building Insight

1-877-732-9888

www.homeperformance.com

City Green

1-866-381-9995

www.citygreen.ca

Amerispec

604-430-0343 

www.en.amerispec.ca/specialty-services/energuide-for-houses

Energy Wise Solutions

1-877-787-4328 

www.energywisesolutions.ca


Other Building Opportunities 

Managing energy costs is a hot topic for many apartment and condo developments... especially for those that share a common bill for appliances like in-suite gas fireplaces. Terasen Gas files/images/icon_external_sites.gif offers a lot of great tips on how condo and apartment buildings can save on their gas bill without having to spend a lot of money.

Call Terasen Gas at 604-576-7135, or email [email protected] for more ways to save.

One specific opportunity is to complete Tersasen's Energy Benchmarking form files/images/icon_external_sites.gif so they can help you compare your building's energy use to other similar buildings. If your building seems to offer significant savings opportunities, they may offer to send our a professional to do an assessment and recommend next steps.


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