Are you interested in making your house more energy efficient and comfortable? Reducing your home’s carbon footprint and energy bills? Planning to get your home ready for sale? Purchasing a new home and intending to renovate but wanting a strategy to stretch your renovation dollars?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, the Home Energy Management System (HEMS) could provide the answers you are looking for.
The first step of the HEMS includes a home energy inspection by a qualified assessor. The HEMS assessor will begin with a quick interview with the homeowner. This will guide them in their assessment of your home and your energy conservation objectives.
The second step will be a walkthrough of your home. You are more than welcome and encouraged to join the assessor on the walkthrough and ask any questions you may have about the energy use of your home and conservation strategies. Beginning outside of your home and working up from the basement or crawl space, the assessor will collect house data and pictures. The information collected will then be uploaded onto a secure website designed for your property. You will then be given a username and password to access the website.
Your Home Renovation & Retrofit Inludes
- Insulation values in walls, attic, basement and basement headers.
- Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) information.
- Scaled PDF drawings of the house (If you are doing a major renovation, you may be interested in getting CAD drawings as well.).
- Rough opening dimensions for all windows and doors.
- EnerGuide Rating of the house (How your house scores in energy efficiency compared to other Canadian homes).
- Estimated home cost for heating, hot water and cooling.
With the HEMS, you will be able to simulate increased parameters such as R values in walls, change windows as well as heating and cooling systems to see potential revised cost calculations.
HEMS will also allow homeowners to be able to download specific information to help them price out small renovation jobs including window replacement, insulating attic, walls, and basement, and replacing heating and cooling systems. This information will allow the homeowner to organize renovations based on cost savings and cost benefit analysis. For the homeowner looking to do major renovations, the CAD drawings can also help plan and manage the project(s).