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What is Change Homes for Climate – EnerGuide?

EnerGuide Helps you Understand your home.

Change Homes for Climate – EnerGuide is a program of the City of Edmonton that helps you understand the energy performance of a home and obtain expert advice on how to make it more energy efficient and comfortable. It also helps you make the most out of available rebates provided by Energy Efficiency Alberta’s Home Energy Plan.

EnerGuide is a Natural Resources Canada tool for evaluating home energy performance. The program consists of a home evaluation done by a professional energy advisor, a report with recommendations on upgrades/renovations that could be done to improve the home’s efficiency, and a label with a rating on the energy performance of the home.

The City of Edmonton provides homeowners $100 dollars against the cost of this evaluation when the label is shared on the map below. The map allows people to compare the energy efficiency between similar homes. Energy Efficiency Alberta will contribute $300 towards the cost of the EnerGuide Evaluation.

The goal of the City’s EnerGuide incentive is to help Edmontonians reduce their home’s greenhouse gas emissions and make energy use in homes more visible for everyone.

Why Participate?

Knowledge is power (and savings).

An EnerGuide home evaluation helps you make your home more energy efficient, and an efficient home is proven to be healthier and more comfortable. For example:
→ Better insulation and better air sealing means fewer hot spots, cold spots and drafts.
→ Double or triple-glazed windows keep out the heat in the summer and the cold in the winter, resulting in less need for heating or air conditioning.
→ Newer heating systems use less energy and run more quietly.
→ A properly insulated foundation means warmer floors.
→ Proper air flow reduces mould problems.

An EnerGuide home evaluation will help you prioritize what renovations to make and take advantage of available rebates and incentives such as those provided by Energy Efficiency Alberta’s Home Energy Plan. Rebates include insulation, home heating systems, windows, tankless water heaters, drain water heat recovery, and HRV/ERVs.

EnerGuide evaluations and labels are valuable for homebuyers and sellers as well. Not only does it allow them to compare energy efficiency between homes and make better informed decisions, it also provides a roadmap to what improvements the home needs to be more energy efficient.

The biggest reason of all? Emissions. Of Edmonton’s greenhouse gas emissions, 20% are the result of the energy we use in our homes. An EnerGuide home evaluation helps homeowners take a meaningful step towards climate action and reducing their home’s emissions.

How to Participate?

Follow these steps

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1 Make sure you are eligible for the EnerGuide home evaluation rebate:
→ you must be a homeowner (i.e. not the builder)
→ your home is in the boundaries of the City of Edmonton
→ your home is a single-family detached, single-family attached (duplex, triplex, quadraplex), or row housing unit not exceeding three stories
→ your home has been built and lived in (not in design stages)  and was profiled as a ‘D’ evaluation, as determined by the Energy Advisor
→ your home evaluation must be done by a licensed energy advisor who will provide an EnerGuide label with a gigajoule (GJ) rating (EnerGuide version 15)

2 Get a quote and book an evaluation
Choose a licensed service provider from this list and get a quote (costs vary depending on service provider). The evaluation takes a couple hours, and once it’s complete, you will receive a report with recommendations and a label with the home’s energy rating.

3 Claim your rebate
Sign up and upload your EnerGuide label to the map. You will receive a rebate that covers $100 of the cost of your evaluation within a few weeks.

Refer to the Energy Efficiency Alberta’s Home Energy Plan to claim an additional $300 rebate for this service.

Need help getting started?

Contact EnerGuideRebate@Summerhill.com or call 780-328-2539

Apply for the Rebate

Who is Participating?

This map allows you to see the EnerGuide labels of participating homes. It helps you compare your home’s energy use with other homes and it helps make greenhouse gases and energy use in homes more visible for everyone.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     


What is Change Homes for Climate – EnerGuide?

EnerGuide helps an owner understand their home.

Change Homes for Climate – EnerGuide is a program of the City of Edmonton that helps homeowners understand their home’s energy performance. EnerGuide is a Natural Resources Canada tool for evaluating home energy performance. It consists of an evaluation and a label that rates the efficiency of the home. Labels are shared on a map that allows owners and buyers to compare their property to other similar properties, giving them the confidence that “energy efficiency” is more than a sales pitch, that it can indeed be measured and made visible.

EnerGuide labels provide standardized third-party information about rated energy consumption, similar to labels on cars and appliances. This provides an idea of how comfortable and healthy a home will be to live in, and how much it will cost to operate and maintain.

The City of Edmonton is providing home builders $200 per home against the cost of the EnerGuide evaluation. Builders can receive the rebate for up to 10 homes and they are required to share all their new home labels on the map.

Why Participate?

EnerGuide labels provide many benefits for home builders, including:

  • Listing your homes on our map is an easy way to inform clients about the energy efficiency of the homes you build so they can compare across different builders.
  • Can be used as an important marketing advantage for high performance builders.
  • Receive immediate recognition on our website as a champion participating builder.
  • Have your company’s logo clearly identified on each home on the map.
  • Gain access to citywide marketing strategies around the program.
  • Streamlined submission process by signing the large volume builder consent form. This allows us to work directly with your Service Organization to make uploading the labels seamless to you.

By sharing EnerGuide labels on our map you are helping make energy efficiency visible. A low (better) EnerGuide rating is the best way to prove that the house you built meets high energy performance standards. And consumers care about those standards. A 2015 survey of home buyers in the region found that 80% of buyers want to see an EnerGuide label on a listing, and 62% would pay more for an energy efficient home. A credible, government approved label give buyers confidence that their home is efficient, comfortable, and up to code.

The biggest reason of all? Emissions. Of Edmonton’s greenhouse gas emissions, 20% are the result of the energy we use in our homes. A good EnerGuide rating lets homebuilders and owners know that they’re taking meaningful steps towards climate action and reducing emissions.

How to Participate?

Get a quote and book an evaluation

1 Getting an EnerGuide labels for the homes you build is as easy as making a phone call to a licensed service provider from this list and get a quote (or two). Book your evaluations keeping in mind that they take about two hours per home.

2 After your EnerGuide evaluations are done, the City will work directly with your NRCan Service Organization to obtain the labels for the homes you build.

3 Once you’ve signed up to share the labels from your company, you are then eligible for rebates for up to $2,000 (or $200 per home for up to 10 homes) for the duration of the program.

The City of Edmonton has developed a form that you can integrate into your welcome home package or sales package. The language on this form is consistent with the terms of the Change Homes for Climate program. You can download the template here.

Please note that the City of Edmonton does not endorse any particular builder or warranty the services or products provided by any builder. Read the complete terms of use here.

Need help getting started?

Contact EnerGuideRebate@Summerhill.com or call 780-328-2539.

Apply for Rebates

Who is Participating?

This map shows the EnerGuide labels of participating homes and their builders. It allows people to compare energy use between homes and it helps make residential greenhouse gas emissions and energy use more visible for everyone.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     


What is Change Homes for Climate – EnerGuide?

EnerGuide helps an owner understand their home.

Change Homes for Climate – EnerGuide is a program of the City of Edmonton that helps homeowners and buyers understand the energy performance of a home. EnerGuide is a Natural Resources Canada tool for evaluating home energy performance. It consists of an evaluation and a label that rates the efficiency of the home. Labels are shared on a map that allows them to compare their property to other similar properties.

EnerGuide labels provide standardized third-party information about rated energy consumption, similar to labels on cars and appliances. This provides an idea of how comfortable and healthy a home will be to live in, and how much it will cost to operate and maintain.

Why Participate?

See the invisible

Most energy efficiency is invisible. Insulation and effective air sealing, high performing windows, and ultra-efficient water or space heating systems all make a home more comfortable and affordable to operate. Trouble is, they’re hard to spot. A low (better) EnerGuide rating is the best way to prove that the house you’re looking at meets high energy performance standards, plus it helps the owner access available rebates on energy efficient insulation, windows, and tankless water heaters.

Consumers care about these standards. A 2015 survey of home buyers in the region found that 80% of buyers want to see an EnerGuide label on a listing, and 62% would pay more for an energy efficient home. A credible, government approved label give buyers confidence that their home is efficient, comfortable, and up to code.

Displaying an EnerGuide label on our map will set a home apart from the rest. Homes that achieve a higher than average rating should be proudly displayed. This tells the buyer that a new home was built beyond building code requirements in terms of energy efficiency. And for older homes, the EnerGuide label can prove the value of the home energy improvement investments made in the house.

Taking the initiative to get an EnerGuide label, and displaying it on your listing, demonstrates transparency. Buyers appreciate listings that provide full disclosure of any potential issues or concerns. Displaying the EnerGuide label answers questions before they are asked, and can speed up the transaction process.

The biggest reason of all? Emissions. Of Edmonton’s greenhouse gas emissions, 20% are the result of the energy we use in our homes. A good EnerGuide rating lets buyers and owners know that they’re taking meaningful steps towards climate action and reducing emissions.

How to Participate?

One phone call.

Encourage your clients to get an EnerGuide evaluation of their homes. They can get $100 towards the cost of the evaluation when they share the labels on our map. For more information, please visit the homeowners information page.

Encourage home buyers to ask for an EnerGuide evaluation when comparing homes. It will help them make informed decisions and get a sense of the energy costs of the homes.

Who is Participating?

This map shows the EnerGuide labels of participating homes and their builders. It allows people to compare energy use between homes and it helps make residential greenhouse gas emissions and energy use more visible for everyone.