You’ve likely noticed big increases in BC Hydro rates recently. Natural gas and fuel oil costs aren’t much better, and each comes with its own drawbacks. It’s not surprising then that Victoria homeowners have made home energy efficiency a priority. Tackling such a project doesn’t need to be complicated — you can do upgrades in stages, tack them onto another project (like a basement reno), or do them all at once. Any way you choose to do it, the benefits you stand to reap go far beyond utility savings.
You may think that making your home more energy efficient is expensive. But energy efficiency isn’t just about covering your roof in solar panels. We are trained in treating your house as a system, which means looking at the big things as well as the little things that influence your home’s efficiency. Some of the biggest bang for your buck comes from doing the simplest and most affordable things: draftproofing and air sealing, for example. Replacing windows & doors, substituting Energy Star appliances, improving attic insulation, upgrading the furnace, or adding a heat pump are all relatively unobtrusive things that deliver big utility savings over the long term. Balancing the upfront cost with the long term value is the key. As a professional renovation team with over 35 years of experience here in Victoria, we know which upgrades are worth it, and more importantly, which aren’t.