With hydro prices skyrocketing throughout Mount Forest, it has never been more important to consider energy efficiency in a home.
With hydro prices skyrocketing throughout Mount Forest it has never been more important to consider energy efficiency in a home. Where do you start? How do you know if that Mount Forest home you are about to buy is efficient or not?
Follow these guidelines while house-hunting in Mount Forest to find the best investment.
- Heating System: How is the home heated? If the home is heated with a forced air furnace – check the EnerGuide label – the higher the rating, the more efficient the model. Does the home have baseboard heaters? Does the furnace use gas, propane, or oil? Ask your REALTOR(r) to get the energy bills for the last year from the current homeowners to help you determine if the heating system is efficient or not.
- Insulation: A well insulated home will keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. A Home Inspector can help you understand the type and efficiency of the attic insulation before you buy.
- Sealants: Up to 40% of heat loss in a home is attributed to old sealants around windows and doors failing. Inspect around all windows and doors.
- Windows: Double and triple pane newer windows with argon are generally much more efficient than older single pane windows.
- Central Air: The central air unit will have SEER rating. This measures how efficient the system operates. A SEER 15 means that the model has a higher efficiency than average.
- Appliances: Look for Energy Star appliances – these will help save money in the long run.
- Look for a home built to R-2000 standards. A home built to R-2000 will use two-thirds of the energy of a conventional home.
- Look at the landscaping around the property. Large shade trees around the home can help reduce cooling costs up to 10%. Trees also help with energy costs in the winter too. They can help block those cold winter winds and save you money on heating.
If you are looking for an older home, there are government and local utility rebates that can help you transform this Mount Forest home into an energy efficient home that will save you money on your energy costs in the long run.
Energy conservation is important not only for your home, but for the entire community.