Installing Energy Efficient Protocols in Your House

Energy Efficiency

If you live in the Resort Municipality of Whistler and have ever had cause to question the energy efficiency of your home, the RMOW is now offering homeowners $250 towards a home energy evaluation. The evaluation will help you to determine what can be done within your home to make it more energy efficient, which will ultimately result in lower energy bills and a more comfortable living environment

Here at RDC, we are big believers in Home Energy Evaluations, as they have always played a large role in our construction process.  If you have followed us for any length of time, you know that energy efficiency is one of RDC’s core values, and we focus on such from the initial design of your new home, through until final occupancy.  In conjunction with the Holmes Approved Homes program, we have an energy evaluation performed a number of times during the construction process, to ensure you are getting the most energy efficient home possible.  It is one thing for a construction company to claim they are building an energy efficient home, and quite another to prove this with third party verification like the Holmes Approved Homes program provides.

RDC has the experience and track record at making homes more energy efficient, whether we are building new, or renovating an existing structure.  If you are able to take advantage of the RMOW program and need help to implement some of the changes and recommendations, RDC would love to help!  If, on the other hand, you don’t live within the boundaries of the RMOW, but still have an interest in getting an energy evaluation done, we can facilitate that as well. Feel free to give us a call!

Read on to get more information on the RMOW program, or check out the RMOW website:

THE RESIDENTIAL ENERGY ASSESSMENT REBATE PROGRAM IS AVAILABLE NOW

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The Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) continues to make it easier for homeowners to reduce their monthly utility costs with the Residential Energy Assessment Rebate Program.

The rebate program offers new and existing homeowners $250 towards a home energy evaluation (average pricing is $300 to $400), helping homeowners to access hundreds to thousands of dollars in utility program rebates as well as reducing their monthly energy bills.

“Knowing how you can improve your home’s energy performance is very valuable information, especially when it comes to saving on your energy bills,” said Mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden. “I was really happy to learn about where the heat was leaking from my home. It helped to prioritize efficiency changes that have made a big difference.”

The rebates are funded by the RMOW as outlined in the 2014-2018 Five-Year Financial Plan. BC Hydro supported research and program testing.

Applicants will also have access to a free professional energy advisor to help them select the best upgrade options for their home and potentially access utility rebates from organizations such as BC Hydro and Fortis. The rebate program is available to owners of a single-family home, duplex, or townhouse unit in Whistler, as well as anyone in the process of designing a new home. Visit www.whistler.ca/powerdown for details.

The program supports the greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction and energy performance targets of the Official Community Plan and the Integrated Energy, Air Quality, and GHG Management Plan.

Whistler was one of the first communities in British Columbia to develop a community energy and emission plan, setting ambitious GHG emissions reductions targets. The RMOW is now in the process of updating the plan. More than 30 leaders from across the community are working together with RMOW staff on an updated Community Energy and Climate Action Plan.

By actively taking steps to understand the best opportunities to improve the energy efficiency of their homes, full-time and part-time residents alike are helping to move our community toward our shared energy efficiency and GHG reduction goals. More than 170 homes have been assessed through this program already.

Posted: Wednesday, October 07, 2015