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When buying a home, it’s a good idea to consider the operational costs of running the house you are considering and, looking at what improvements might be made to improve the energy efficiency of the home.  Most media today focuses on changing light bulbs.  That’s a good thing to do but in reality, lighting represents less than 5% of your over-all energy costs.

According to data provided by the Ministry of Natural Resources, a typical Ontario home can break down its energy usage as follows:

*  Heating  57-62%
*  Water Heating 20-21%
*  Appliances  12-13%
*  Lighting      4-5%
*  Cooling      0-7%

How efficiently a home is heated is the most important consideration.  This includes looking at the building envelope for things like vapour barriers, drafts, ventalation and of course, insulation.  Is the heating source highly efficient and what changes may be needed?  Does the landscaping allow for optimal conditions for letting sunshine in or out?

The Ontario Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure provides some excellent information on their website with charts and calculators that can assist you in assessing home heating and cooling options.

They have also established a home energy retrofit program to assist homeowners with the cost of home energy audits and grants of up to $10,000 toward energy conserving retrofits in a home.

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Marg Scheben-Edey is a Broker with RE/MAX four seasons realty limited, Brokerage in beautiful Collingwood, ON. With three decades of experience, Marg is a leader in the local real estate marketplace and is ready to help guide both Buyers and Sellers in achieving their real estate goals. Email Marg

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