Energy Efficiency Terms, Library, Advice & Myths
Helping You Decide Which Options Are Best
Doing Energy Audits On Existing Homes
Energy Efficiency Programs In BC & Canada
Products, Reports & Construction Details
Different Industry Sectors Involved In Energy Efficiency
Energy Efficiency Associations, Training, Mags & Events
1. Energy Efficiency Terms, Library, Advice & Myths
Glossary Of Energy Efficiency Terms
This site from Natural Resources Canada explains various words, terms, and acronyms used in
the energy efficiency industry.
BC Hydro’s Free Online Energy Library
This site from Power Smart has lots of energy saving information. There are questions and answers on common topics
as well as more detailed information on building components, energy consuming equipment and controls.
BC Gas Expert Advice Site
Do you need more information on natural gas usage, heating or energy savings? Here you can view FAQs, ask-an-
expert, or download their free Hot Tips information booklet.
Myths About Energy & Energy Savings
Do you think it costs more to leave equipment running, or to turn it on and off? This and other common myths about
energy and energy savings are answered here.
2. Helping You Decide Which Options Are Best
The Beginners: First Things First
The Rocky Mountain Institute from the US offers up this good list of things you can do to save energy. Choose things
that are free, inexpensive, more serious, or major.
The Experienced: Energy Efficient Upgrades
CMHC has some detailed information (with drawings) of steps for upgrading mechanical systems, building envelope and
insulation as well as water saving tips.
The Advanced: Software Programs & Tools
This US Department of Energy site describes over 330 energy-related software tools for designing buildings and/or
selecting equipment and components. Some are free.
Appliances: Calculating Energy Costs
Power Smart offers this easy-to-use online calculator to help you figure out how much it costs to operate different
appliances in your home.
3. Resources For Doing Energy Audits On Existing Homes
Do It Online
The Power Smart Analyze My Home allows you to do your own audit online for free. Enter specific details of your
house and you get a breakdown of your annual energy use along with personalized advice on energy saving
Do Your Own Walk-Through Audit
The US Department of Energy offers this free Home Energy Checklist that you can print off and use as you walk around
a house to perform your own energy audit.
Have An Expert Do It For You
The Canadian Energuide for Houses program provides energy efficiency ratings for houses. Advisors perform a detailed
audit and use a computer program to make upgrade recommendations based on treating the house as a system.
4. Energy Efficiency Programs In BC & Canada
Power Smart Connects Home Buyers With Builders
The Power Smart New Home Program provides consumers with information on builders and projects that use Power
Smart features. For some of you builders this might provide additional promotional opportunities.
R2000 Program Serves Niche Market
Canada’s R2000 New Home Program has been around for years. Although it has never made it into the mainstream
there are still a good number of builders and customers who know it serves some very specific needs. This CHBA
website has a summary of information and links to more resources.
Other Canadian Energy Efficiency Programs
This site from Natural Resources Canada has links to information on the various federal programs available for home,
work, vehicles, various types of buildings, and more…
5. Products, Reports & Construction Details
Overview Of Energy Efficient Products For BC
This interactive website from Power Smart provides an easy way to link to basic information on some key energy saving
products for a new or existing home.
Technical Articles & Reports From NAHB
There are a lot of free (and some not free) articles and reports on this NAHB technical website. You can find info on
many new products and technologies relating to energy efficiency.
Construction Details From Building Science Corp
Good ‘ol Dr. Joe Lstiburek has one of the best sites for energy efficient construction details. Click on your region (Mixed
Humid, Cold, or Severe Cold) to see his recommendations, complete with great diagrams.
6. Different Industry Sectors Involved In Energy Efficiency
The Building Performance Contractor
Retrofitting existing homes is not as simple as it seems. This US trade association site describes various competencies to
become a certified building performance contractor.
Homes: Largest US Builders Now Into Energy Efficiency
In the US some of the largest production builders in the nation are starting to add energy efficient technologies to
their homes, without adding to their costs. This Building America site gives an overview of some of the technologies
being used and the process for ensuring these items fit within budgets
Buildings Resources: GVRD
The Buildsmart website from GVRD and partners provides sources of information programs and to assist
building/facility owners and managers in completing energy and resource efficient retrofits.
US Mortgage Industry Offers Financing Options
Although this info is not relevant here in Canada (yet) it is worth taking a look at how creative financing packages can
help drive the market, rather than using grants and rebates.
7. Other Resources: Associations, Training, Mags
Efficient Building Association In The US
EEBA is the leading association in the US for those involved in energy efficient new home construction. There is good
info here on this industries events, courses and resources.
Energy Education, Training & Career Resources
Are you interested in energy efficiency as a career? This US site has a broad range of links to resources for general
learning, training & careers, higher education and more.
Home Energy Magazine
Since 1984 this US magazine of home performance has been a great source of information. It has in-depth articles on residential energy efficiency, comfort and safety.
Biggest Conference For Energy Retrofit Industry
Affordable Comfort is well recognized as the best conference for those who making homes more efficient. It is
targeted to builders, renovators, and retrofit companies.
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