Four lofal homes more energy effifient
Four low-income homeowners in Moose Jaw will begin to see the results of an energy efficiency home makeover, thanks to a partnership between SaskEnergy and Habitat for Humanity. The selected Moose Jaw homeowners will each receive up to $10,000 in energy efficient upgrades which may include: top-of-the line ENERGY STAR® qualified furnaces and water heaters, toilet or door replacements. Recipients were chosen through an application selection process administered by Habitat for Humanity, based on income, improvements needed and personal circumstances. Moose Jaw is the final stop in the 2012 urban SaskEnergy Home Energy Legacy Program. “For all of those participating, HELP will provide energy consumption and utility bill savings. HELP also allows homeowners to stay in their homes for many years to come which to some may not have been an option,” said Shannon Doka, community involvement leader at SaskEnergy. All homes had a structural inspection and Saskatchewan EnerGuide for Houses (SEGH) evaluation done. The SEGH evaluation provides an energy rating for the home, as well as recommendations for retrofits that will reduce energy costs and improve energy efficiency. A team of SaskEnergy employee volunteers alongside Habitat for Humanity was at one of the homes where a ‘Day of Caring’ was held for a single mother. SaskEnergy’s 2011 Home Energy Legacy Program was a pilot project where a total of seven homes were upgraded in Saskatoon and Regina. As a result of HELP, those homeowners saved on average 30 per cent on their energy consumption in the first 10 months with their new furnaces. HELP 2012 has already assisted
five homeowners in Saskatoon and two in Regina. Other supporters of the 2012 SaskEnergy Home Energy Legacy Program include: Nu-Trend Industries, the Carrier wholesaler in Saskatchewan, and Carrier Canada that provided ENERGY STAR® furnaces at a substantially reduced cost for the project; Bradford White Canada Inc. and Wolseley Mechanical Group provided three ENERGY STAR® water heaters; and Saskatchewan Watershed Authority sponsored the WaterSense labelled products; Installation of the Carrier furnaces will be completed by SaskEnergy Network Members: Razor Heating and Air Conditioning, Saskatoon; C & E Mechanical Inc., Moose Jaw; and All-Premium Plumbing and Heating Ltd., Regina. Centennial Plumbing, Heating & Electrical will also be providing an installation service.