Affordable upgrades for every homeowner
(NC)-With all the government grant opportunities available today for home renovations, homeowners have been able to carry out their planned home improvement projects. While some homeowners have used the opportunity to improve the aesthetic qualities of their homes, others have focused on long-term investments such as improving their home's energy efficiency.
"Home renovations that help improve the energy efficiency of a home don't need to be difficult or costly," says Cheryl West, an insulation expert at Owens Corning. "Energy efficiency and energy cost savings can be achieved through simple do-it-yourself projects such as insulating your attic and topping up on the amount of insulation you already have in place."
If you're interested in improving the energy efficiency of your home, but haven't considered an attic re-insulation project, here are a few answers to some important questions.
The recommended insulating standard for attic insulation is R-50. To achieve this, you'll need to top up on your existing attic insulation until you have at least 15 inches of batt insulation. Visit your local home building supplies store and ask about PINK FIBERGLAS Batt Insulation, which is easy to install and provides optimal thermal resistance.
Insulating your attic can help you save on your monthly heating and cooling costs by up to 28 per cent*. Not only can you help save on energy costs, you can also help save a half ton** of greenhouse gas emissions annually when you insulate your attic to R-50.
Many government incentives available today can be combined to help homeowners significantly offset their home improvement expenses. The Home Renovation Tax Credit (HRTC) provides a 15 per cent non-refundable tax credit on eligible home renovation costs up to a maximum of $1,350. Natural Resources Canada offers the ecoENERGY Retrofit Rebate that helps save homeowners up to $750 when they insulate their attic. In addition, there are also matching rebate programs at the provincial and municipal levels to even further your rebate amounts.
Learn more about the HRTC and how to insulate your attic by visiting www.insulationtaxcredit.ca and www.actionplan.gc.ca. More details on the ecoENERGY Retrofit Program and other available government grants can be found online at www.oee.nrcan.gc.ca.
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