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Natural gas is driving greenhouse gas emissions from buildings which contribute 30% of emissions from fossil fuel sources in the County. With Ontario’s clean electricity grid, electrification will be key to reducing these emissions.


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Residential buildings contribute 81,500 tonnes of CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalent) to Wellington County’s emissions from buildings. Of this, 77% is from natural gas. 

Low Income Energy Coach Pilot

The Energy Coach will support your journey to reduce energy costs and improve home comfort and health by:Image of Welly lightbulb

  • Pre-screening residents to ensure they qualify for energy efficiency programmes
  • Providing general information about how home energy systems work
  • Guiding residents to technical resources and existing programmes
  • Answering questions about energy efficiency

Low-income residents who rent or own a property will be able to contact the Energy Coach via email or phone to receive tailored assistance and step-by-step guidance on how to benefit from the available energy-saving upgrades, including new doors, windows, heating systems, smart thermostats, and more. The Energy Coach will assess the residents' current energy usage and pre-screen them and direct them to the best and most-suitable programmes.

Contact the Energy Coach by phone at 226.962.5548 or email at ClimateChange@wellington.ca.

Hours of operation: Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

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Hi, I’m Welly, the Energy Detective! Check out the Home Entergy Tool Kit today from your local Wellington County Library.

Home Energy Tool Kit

Are you curious about your home’s energy efficiency? 

Check out a Home Energy Tool Kit from your local Wellington County Library. The kit will have tools, activities, and information to help you better understand your household energy use, complete with a follow along book of activities. 

 

  Downloadable and Printable Home Energy Tool Kit Activity Book  

 

Home Comfort and Efficiency Retrofits

There are four steps to optimizing home energy efficiency and comfort:

Step 1: Get an Energy Assessment

Blower DoorA registered energy auditor can conduct an energy assessment of your home, including a blower door test, a visual inspection and an audit of your energy bills.

The blower door is installed in an exterior doorway and a fan is used to pull air out of your home to determine any cracks and gaps in the building envelope.

Air tightness is important for controlling temperature and moisture inside the home.

 

Step 2: Implement Air Tightness Measures

Implementing air tightness measures reduces air infiltration through the building envelope. Not only does air transfer heat, it also transfers moisture. Air tightness measures are like adding a waterproof wind-breaker outer layer when dressing for a cold winter day.

Air tightness measures can include: Polyethylene fabric (Tyvek), Air Barrier™, caulking, etc.

Step 3: Adding Insulation

Insulation is the blanket layer that reduces temperature conductivity across metal, glass, and other poor insulators. Insulation improves energy efficiency as well as home comfort.

Types of insulation include: fiberglass batting, mineral wool, rigid foam, spray foam, etc.

Step 4: Upgrading or Installing Mechanical Systems
Mechanical systems include heating, air conditioning, and ventilation. However, whole home energy efficiency should also consider hot water heating, appliances, large equipment (pool heater, hot tub), and other energy users (electronics, small appliances, space heaters, etc.) Newer and more energy efficient mechanical systems will improve your overall home comfort. 

Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning (HVAC)

Heat pumps provide both heating and air conditioning. They work by removing the heat from one space and exhausting it to another. Heat pump technology has been around for decades. This is the same technology used in air conditioners. Heat pump technology has advanced with the recognition that absolute temperature is measured using the Kelvin (K) scale allowing for additional heat to be abstracted from temperatures as low as -273.15oC (or 0K).

With improvements to building envelope air tightness, the importance of ventilation has increased. Afterall, buildings don’t need to breath, their inhabitants do. Ventilation can be improved using a Heat Recovery Ventilation (HRV) unit or an Energy Recovery Ventilation (ERV) unit. These technologies are similar in that they transfer the temperature of conditioned stale air from inside the building to fresh air from outside. However, ERVs also regulate humidity to support ideal humidity levels in the building.

Quick Wins

Quick wins are easy, do-it-yourself actions that reduce the use of fossil fuels in your home. Not only will these actions reduce greenhouse gases, they will also improve indoor air quality through reducing fuel combustion in the home.Person pressing a button on an induction cooktop with a pot on burner

  • Replace natural gas hot water tank with electric or electric heat pump hot water tank. Water heating is the second highest energy user in the home next to space heating. Heat pump water heaters are two to three times more energy efficient than conventional electric water heaters and more than three times as efficient as gas water heaters. A great advantage to electric heat pump hot water tanks is they don’t need to be vented outside, reducing noise from exhaust fans and increasing options for their placement in the home.
  • Replace natural gas stove with electric. Induction cook tops are the most efficient (84% efficiency) electric options on the market. Ref: Induction Cooking Technology Design and Assessment (aceee.org)

  • Replace natural gas dryer with electric. Heat pump clothes dryers are 30-50% more energy efficient than gas and conventional electric models.

  • Replace natural gas fireplace with electric. Electric fireplaces are 100% efficient. That is, all heat that is produced is released to the room. Up to 10% of heat from natural gas fireplaces is lost through the chimney or flue.

Home Energy Efficiency Transition Programme

Wellington County partnered with Dunsky Energy and Climate Advisors to better understand the needs of our residents when it comes to retrofitting their homes for comfort, health and greenhouse gas emissions reduction.

The Home Energy Feasibility Study prepared for Wellington County includes the following:

  • Market potential assessment for a home energy efficiency programme
  • Programme audience identification
  • Industry capacity to respond to demand
  • Financial models assessment to support homeowners undertaking energy retrofits
  • Projections of local benefits – social, environmental, economic

Want to get started on energy efficiency retrofits now? We recommend connecting with an energy advisor or energy auditor to assess your home's needs. These credentialed professionals can provide objective advice and explain how your home works as a system to keep your family healthy, comfortable and efficient.

Find a service provider in your area here: Find service organizations for existing homes (nrcan.gc.ca)

Funding may be available to support your home energy efficiency transition, including energy audits. See the Funding Opportunities below for more information.

Home Energy Feasibility Study

Additional information can be found here:

Funding Icon Funding Opportunities

Government and utility programmes have been set up to support homeowners as they invest in improving their homes efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.


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Companies and institutions are recognizing the need to integrate climate action into all aspects of their business. This sector contributes 118,300 tonnes CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalent) to the County’s emissions from fossil fuels sources. Similar to homes, actions to reduce emissions need to focus on reducing the use of natural gas in equipment and heating.

Funding Icon Funding Opportunities

Government and utility programmes have been set up to support business owners as they invest in improving their buildings’ efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions as well as training for energy auditors and managers.

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