First of all, you should determine whether you want to simply patch leaks and damaged areas, or you want to do complete roofing. Remember both decisions have cost consequences anyway.
One of the jewels in the crown to help fight climate change and reduce greenhouse gases is the Green Bank where the financial incentives will come for homeowners to retrofit their homes to become more energy efficient. Upgrades like energy saving appliances, new windows and insulation for homes will be part of the rebate package sponsored by the government.
As far as insulation goes, the government has mandated new minimums for attic insulation and it is now R-60 for new homes or the equivalent of approximately 50cms worth of loose fill, blown-in insulation.
The government has seen the reports and they know the same thing about insulation that the experts know about energy consumption.
Homes lose 40 per cent of their heat through the attic and a top-up of attic insulation or a full-blown installation if no insulation is present can cut heating and cooling bills by as much as 25-30 per cent depending on lifestyle and energy use.
That is just the beginning, when you reduce your energy consumption you are also emitting less greenhouse gases and that is good for the planet and the future of our kids.
The Climate Change Action Plan that was unveiled last summer and put into action this year has many benefits for the province and should spur the economy to create jobs through renovation work, in the areas of new construction and green jobs that will replace the high consumption energy jobs of the past bringing Ontario closer to a low-carbon economy through a reduced carbon footprint.
Under the plan for homeowners, Ontario law will require all new homes to be net carbon zero by 2030 – a daunting task – but the government has provided tools to achieve this goal.
Homeowners and builders will have a suite of tools at their disposal to help make carbon reductions through a wide range of technological advancements combined with current technology. Geothermal heating, solar panels high efficiency furnaces, boilers, insulation, high-tech thermostats and green building designs all have a place in the new green economy.
For homes already standing, the government has committed $500 million for energy efficient retrofits that provide homeowners with the necessary incentive to make their home more energy efficient and livable. Also, the province has adopted a universal home energy label, that label will allow home buyers to know exactly how energy efficient the home is before they purchase it to determine if it meets the provincial criteria for energy efficiency.Reducing consumption of fossil fuels lowers greenhouse gas emissions and in the residential sector the government believes that the reduction will help save lives through improved air quality.The reductions will help Ontario achieve the status as a world leader in cuts to carbon emissions by doing its part to keep average temperatures from rising that cause catastrophic weather events that hurt us all.