It’s a new year and while you may be busy making personal improvements with your New Year’s resolutions, maybe you are also considering improving your home with some renovations. It’s a great time to think about home improvements with the Edmonton Home Renovation Show taking place from January 26 to 28 at the Edmonton EXPO Centre. The show features businesses and organizations providing various home and renovation services, including our own Change Homes For Climate team.
Renovating for Energy Efficiency
Incorporating energy efficiency into your renovations cannot only improve your home’s energy performance, but can make your home more comfortable, improve indoor air quality and increase the value of your home. Here are a few ways to incorporate energy efficiency when doing some of the most common renovation projects:
- Draft-proof or air seal
- Add or improve insulation on the interior or exterior of the house
Windows & Doors
- Replace old windows with high-performance, energy efficient units
- Replace old exterior doors with insulated units
- Ensure weatherstripping is in good condition
- Add or improve insulation
- Replace old appliances with energy efficient models that have an ENERGY STAR label
- Replace old fixtures with low flow faucets, shower-heads and low-flush toilets.
We’ll share more ideas on how to improve the energy efficiency of your home during our our main stage presentation on Saturday, January 27 at 6:00 pm at the Home Renovation Show. Robyn Webb, Project Manager with City Environmental Strategies and Stephen Farrell of Verdatech Energy Management and Consulting will introduce some of the key considerations in making your home more energy efficient in our Edmonton climate. From HVAC systems and LED lighting to insulation, they will discuss how to make your home more comfortable while lowering your carbon footprint and taking advantage of existing rebate programs.