Energy efficiency continues to be one of the most sought after features among homebuyers in Canada today; in fact, a recent survey of homebuyers in Ottawa and Toronto showed 94 per cent of respondents agreed energy efficiency reduces operating costs even if they perceive it will cost more.
Why? Because, according to industry experts, energy-efficient homes are less expensive to operate, more comfortable to live in and more environmentally friendly, especially ones that carry the federal government’s highly recognizable EnerGuide rating. The national R-2000 building standard and regional initiatives for energy-efficient homes across Canada such as ENERGY STAR for New Homes, Built Green, Yukon GreenHome, PowerSmart and Novoclimat use Natural Resources Canada’s EnerGuide rating system as the quality assurance tool for the energy efficiency of the home. The rating system determines the home’s level of energy efficiency on a scale from 1-100. The average newly-built home has an EnerGuide rating of 72, while homes using the energy efficiency initiatives above have ratings of 80 or higher. Homeowners can save thousands of dollars every year in heating costs and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by two to three tonnes by buying or upgrading to an energy-efficient home. For more, visit www.newhomes.gc.ca.