Think "Energy Efficiency" When Renovating

Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations (to March 31, 2014)

April 10, 2001 12:33 PM

For many homeowners, spring brings thoughts of home improvement.

If you’re planning a spring or summer renovation project, it’s
worth building energy-efficiency improvements into your plan.
Memories of cold winter days and high heating bills should
motivate homeowners during warmer weather to make improvements
that will reduce their heating costs for many winters to come.

Here are some helpful hints to consider during your renovation:

-- When replacing windows, make sure you’re installing the high-
performance type. While they may cost 10 to 15 per cent more than
standard windows, they are more than twice as energy efficient.

-- When building an addition to your home, pick the right
insulation for your wall space to maximize its effectiveness.
Walls can account for up to 30 per cent of a home’s heat loss.

-- Insulating your basement can eliminate between 20 and 35 per
cent of the heat loss in a house. It is important to fix any
dampness that may exist before insulating this space.

Free publications are available that contain hundreds of ideas
for reducing your energy costs. Many hints are for
do-it-yourselfers, while other ideas can be incorporated into a
renovation project or new construction.

To order publications or to talk to a home energy efficiency
expert, call Home Energy Action Tips toll-free at 1-866-488 HEAT
(4328). On the Web, visit www.gov.ns.ca/natr.

Home Energy Action Tips is a joint partnership of the provincial
government and Clean Nova Scotia.

FOR BROADCAST USE

     It’s spring and people are making plans for home

renovations. With some extra thought and smart investments now,

you can avoid high heating bills when the chilly winds return

next winter.

     Clean Nova Scotia and the provincial government have some

recommendations:

     If you’re replacing windows, invest in the high-performance

type. They cost 10 to 15 per cent more but they’re twice as

energy efficient.

     Insulation is important. Your home can lose 30 per cent of

its heat through thinly insulated walls and up to 35 per cent

through uninsulated basements.

     To order publications or to talk to a home-energy efficiency

expert, call Home Energy Action Tips toll-free at 1-866-488 HEAT

(4328). On the Web, visit www.gov.ns.ca/natr.

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Contact: Gerald Hashey
         Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations
         902-424-0656
         E-mail: mcisaarc@gov.ns.ca

         Peter Geddes
         Clean Nova Scotia
         902-420-3467
         E-mail: pgeddes@clean.ns.ca

kjd         April 10, 2001      12:31 P.M.