Iqaluit Home Energy Audits

Monday, February 2, 2015

 

 

Dear Homeowners,

Are you interested in receiving a free energy audit of your home?

The Nunavut Energy Secretariat is offering free energy audits to ten private homeowners in Iqaluit. Certified energy management specialists will work with each homeowner to determine the energy performance of their home, and to identify energy saving measures.

The audits will not only help homeowners, but they will also help the community better understand how housing construction and our behaviours affect our overall energy consumption.

The audits will happen during the last week in February and each audit will take about 3 hours. If you are a homeowner and are interested in having a free energy audit, please contact the Nunavut Energy Secretariat at nunavutenergy@gov.nu.ca.

Please make sure to provide your name, house number, contact information, and the approximate age of your home. Most importantly, let us know what kind of home you live in. Is it a single family home, a duplex, or a rowhouse unit? The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. on February 13.

An evening workshop for the whole community is on February 25 from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. at the Catholic Parish Hall. Our energy management specialists will offer valuable information on energy saving measures for homeowners as well as information on solar panel technologies for homes.

Refreshments and translation services for Inuktitut will be provided. There will also be free home energy kits available as a giveaway. The kits include energy saving lightbulbs, energy use metres, low flow showerheads, and other energy reduction measures.

Please see our questions and answers section below.

For more information, please contact us at nunavutenergy@gov.nu.ca.

 

Questions

What is involved in an energy audit?

A certified energy management specialist performs the energy audit, which includes a series of tests and analysis to determine the energy performance of a home. An audit also involves a one-on-one session between the homeowner and the specialist where information is gathered and shared. It is important to the specialists that homeowners are involved in the audit. At the end of the audit, you will receive a report that belongs to you.

How long will the audit take?

The audit will take around three hours. One of the key parts of an audit is a blower door test that uses specialized equipment to test the quality of a home’s building envelope. Homeowners are welcome to be in the home while the test occurs. In addition to this test, the specialist will examine your appliances and mechanical systems, and may want to see some of your utility bills to look at your energy consumption to better understand your home.

Who will do the audit?

Energy management specialists from the Arctic Energy Alliance (AEA) will conduct the energy audits. AEA is a public agency located in Yellowknife that researches and promotes energy efficiency solutions. The AEA and the Nunavut Energy Secretariat have partnered together to provide specialized energy services in Nunavut.

What will happen to the information gained from the audit?

Both the AEA and GN take your privacy very seriously. For the purposes of quality assurance and information gathering, you will be required to sign a consent form allowing information from your audits to be shared with Natural Resources Canada, a federal ministry responsible for energy programs. The GN will also receive a summary report from the auditors giving a high level summary of their audits. This report will be shared with the City of Iqaluit, one of our energy partners. We will not share your personal information with anyone who does not have a right to know.

Who will benefit?

Ten homeowners will receive a direct benefit in the form of the audit and a report. The community will benefit by having a better understanding of the energy performance of its housing. This information will help key decision-makers like the City of Iqaluit and Government of Nunavut promote energy efficiency standards and measures in the future.

The evening workshop is also open to everyone in the community and free home energy kits will raise awareness of measures that homeowners can take to reduce their energy use.

How will homes be selected?

One of the goals of the audits is to help build a community energy profile for Iqaluit. There are many pieces to the profile including transportation, electricity generation, and buildings. With the ten audits, we can contribute a part to a better understanding of energy use.

This means that we are interested in looking at all forms of private homes, including old and new construction, and a variety of units including single family homes, duplex units, and rowhouse units. We will have to carefully select the homes in a way that helps the community understand the big energy picture.

Applicants will be grouped in to geographical areas and we will then randomly draw names. This will make sure that we are able to select homes from the whole community while ensuring some measure of chance.

Why Iqaluit, why only private homeowners, and why only ten homes?

Energy issues affect all stakeholders and systems in our communities. Government agencies are already working on energy reduction measures in their programs and services. By focusing these audits on private homeowners, we can help build awareness and engage with homeowners in collaborating on our energy goals. Iqaluit has the largest number of private homes and the City of Iqaluit is also in the planning stages of its next subdivision. Information gathered from the audits could help the city implement energy standards for future housing. An effective energy standard for an entire subdivision could mean that hundreds of homes built in the future are even more energy efficient.

The funding for the project limits the audits to ten homes for this year. The Nunavut Energy Secretariat has recently conducted audits for the Hamlet of Arviat as well as a commercial pilot project in Iqaluit. Through its partnership with AEA, the Nunavut Energy Secretariat will continue to engage energy specialists for future audits.

Energy Tips

Use cold water when doing your laundry.  Most of the energy used to wash your clothes is used to heat the water.

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