Energy-Efficient Renovations Whitehorse YT
(NC)-It's a difficult time for many of us affected by the current economic slump. And many people are seeking ways to save money in any way they can. Here's some expert advice from Michael Macey, an Insulation Expert at Owens Corning, who shows that saving money in these challenging times can be done just by making our homes a little more energy efficient.
"By making a few energy-saving renovations to your home, you can help save the planet and your bank account, too," says Macey. "For example, upgrading your attic insulation only takes a few days and can help reduce your heating and cooling costs* from rising throughout the year."
According to Natural Resources Canada, more than 17 per cent of the energy consumed in Canada is used to run our homes. By topping-up on the attic insulation you already have in place, you can help reduce the amount of energy your home consumes and see the financial rewards on your monthly energy bills.
A great way to spring back into gear is by conducting a home audit. If an energy advisor finds that you require more attic insulation, fortunately, the project isn't as difficult as it seems. You can find a local licensed professional online or help save costs by conducting the upgrade yourself. Any home renovator can visit www.pinksavesenergy.ca and simply follow the step-by-step guide to insulating your attic.
First, you'll need to know how much insulation you need and proper calculations are necessary to avoid costly mistakes. Macey recommends insulating your attic with at least 15 inches of PINK FIBERGLAS Batt Insulation from the attic floor up or 18 3/4 inches of PROPINK Blown Insulation if hiring a contractor. If you insulate your attic using PINK insulation to a value of R-50, you can help improve your home's indoor air quality, save a half-ton** of greenhouse gas emissions per year and qualify for a government retrofit rebate of up to $600. To find more information about how government grants can help offset your renovation costs, visit www.oee.nrcan.gc.ca. What's more is that you can also get a Home Renovation Tax Credit of 15 per cent to a maximum of $1,350 - visit www.budget.gc.ca for further details.
If you want to help save on your energy costs*, help the environment and most importantly help yourself breathe easier in difficult times, visit www.pinksavesenergy.ca to learn more about conducting a budget-friendly attic renovation in your home.
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