Home energy audit reveals the secrets of energy efficiency
When Ted Wolff decided to buy a 55-year-old bungalow in the west end of Edmonton he knew he wanted to renovate. He also knew that his home wasn't necessarily the most energy efficient, that's when he brought in C-Returns and Godo Stoyke and they called for an energy audit. By getting an audit Wolff will be able to make the best decisions when it comes to allocating money and resources to make his home more energy efficient.
GREENING EDMONTON: ONE NEIGHBOURHOOD AT A TIME
C-Returns aims to help homeowners reduce their impact and increase their savings. Whether because of soaring utility bills or environmental concerns, energy efficiency is something Edmontonians are taking seriously. Unfortunately, coordinating energy audits and undertaking retrofits can seem daunting. That’s where C-Returns, an innovative Edmonton non-profit dedicated to greening homes, commercial, municipal and community buildings can help.
“C-Returns manages everything that’s involved in retrofitting homes for better energy efficiency,” explains Godo Stoyke, one of C-Returns founding partners. “We make it easy for people to green their homes, from audits right through to energy saving retrofits and applying for rebates.” Stoyke and partners Shanthu Mano and Anna Bubel are aiming to complete 3,469 home audits and 1,703 green retrofits in the next three years.
The decision to focus on greening existing homes and community owned buildings was driven by the fact that today’s buildings account for 39 per cent of North American carbon dioxide emissions. By the year 2050, it’s estimated 80 per cent of those buildings will still be in use—resulting in the bulk of building related greenhouse gas emissions.
“That’s why it’s so important to do this now,” notes Stoyke. “Greening homes improves people’s comfort and reduces their energy costs here and now. But it also contributes to the long-term health of our planet.” Products recommended by C-Returns green retrofits are chosen on the basis of their ability to create high utility savings and a high return on investment (CROI; kg of CO2e avoided per/dollar invested) selected on the basis of a proven track record in meeting performance targets. As well, investment recommendations with estimated costs and paybacks, for improvements to the building include full life cycle costs!
C-Returns, which has received start up funding from both the City of Edmonton and the Social Enterprise Fund, began its operations in 2011, has been working to green Edmonton and across Alberta for the past five years. Find our how you can reduce your impact and increase your end use efficiency in your building through C-Returns. (780.429.4114)
Godo Stoyke co-founder of C-Returns talks about Climate change and the future of living carbon free.
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