How_do_you_rate 489KB May 07 2010 08:48:04 AM

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How do you rate?
Interested in learning how your habits at home
are linked with the environment?
Take the ecoENERGY Retrofit – Homes
Questionnaire and discover how your energy choices
can make a difference.
he ecoENERGY
Retrofit – Homes
Questionnaire is a tool
designed to help you become
more aware of how your home
uses energy and how your
energy choices affect the
environment. This approach
There are many small, difficultto-measure actions that you, the
homeowner, can take to reduce
your impact on the environment.
Even small steps, when taken
together with those of other
homeowners, can help to
protect our environment.
The first of the three parts of
this questionnaire focuses
on the type of appliances and
equipment that you use in your
home. The second part addresses
conservation and environmental
measures that you take as a
homeowner. The third part
considers the energy efficiency
rating of your home that was
presented by your energy advisor
following your ecoENERGY
pre-retrofit evaluation.
When you complete the
questionnaire, check all the
boxes that apply to you. Refer
to the “Information and Tips”
section (references 1 to 16 )
to help you complete the
questions and to find tips on
how to save energy in the home.
takes into account not
Part 1 – Appliances and Equipment
only your home’s energy
(A) Heating, Ventilation and
Air-Conditioning (HVAC) Equipment
consumption, but also, its
Place a check mark in the box if
impact on the surrounding
infrastructures on which it
relies (e.g. sewage treatment,
electricity capacity).
1.. your home does not have air conditioning
2. your home has an ENERGY STAR® qualified 1
air conditioner 2 or heat pump
3.. your home does not have a solid-fuel-burning appliance
(such as a fireplace or a woodstove)
4.. your home has a solid-fuel burning appliance 3 that has
an advanced combustion system
Subtotal for HVAC Equipment:
the points.)
to calculate
(B) Household Appliances
Part 2 – Other Options
Place a check mark in the
box if your home has
(D) Conservation and
Environmental Measures
5.. an ENERGY STAR qualified refrigerator or
6.. an ENERGY STAR qualified freezer, clothes
washer or dishwasher
7. no second refrigerator/refrigerator-freezer
or additional freezer 5
8. no dehumidifier or ceiling fan, or if you
have one or more, they are ENERGY STAR
9. at least three ENERGY STAR qualified
consumer electronics or home office
equipment (e.g. DVD player, television,
computer and peripherals, such as
printers and scanners)
Subtotal for Household Appliances:
(See 6 to calculate the points.)
(C) Energy-Efficient Lighting
Place a check mark in the box if
10.. you have at least eight compact fluorescent
light bulbs/lamps (CFLs) used in at least
five different fixtures for general lighting
(indoor and outdoor)
Note: Light-emitting diode (LED) lights can
replace CFLs, but night lights and seasonal
string lights are ineligible
11. you use at least two lighting controls, such
as motion sensors, dimmers and timers
Subtotal for Energy-Efficient Lighting:
(See 7 to calculate the points.)
Place a check mark in the box if
(Check 12 or 13, but not both)
12.. you have central heating that uses electronic
or electronic programmable thermostats to
control the heating temperature
13. you heat your house predominately with
electric baseboard heaters controlled by a
minimum of five electronic thermostats or
electronic programmable thermostats that
are wall-mounted
14. you lower the heating temperature at least
3°C (5°F) overnight and when you are not
at home
15. you set your thermostats no higher than
21°C (70°F) during the heating season
16. you routinely close curtains or blinds on
sun-exposed windows during the day in
summer to help keep the house cool, and
close most curtains and blinds at night in
winter to help keep the house warm
17. you do not have an air conditioner or you set
your thermostat to turn your air conditioner
on at 26°C (79°F) or higher
18. you routinely use cold water to wash and
rinse your clothes
19. you use an outdoor clothesline when the
weather permits
20. you use timers to delay the use of appliances
until electrical off-peak periods 8
21. you turn on your dishwasher only when
it’s fully loaded and you use the air-dry
feature 9
22. you turn off lights when you leave a room or
when they are not needed
23. you use at least one power bar with an
on/off switch that you turn off when you
are not using the connected appliances,
entertainment and office devices to
reduce standby losses 10
24. you do not use an engine block heater or
you use a timer for the heater that is set
for two hours or less
25. you use low-flow shower heads, low-flow/
dual flush toilets 11 and low-flow aerators
on faucets, and have repaired all water leaks
26. you have insulated at least the first
two metres of the metal hot- and
cold-water pipes connected to your
water heater 12
27. you do not have a swimming pool, or, if
you do, you use a pump timer to regulate
the length of time your pool pump
operates; or you use solar heating and
a thermal pool blanket; or you do not
heat your swimming pool
28. you do not heat your home or domestic
hot water with oil, or, if you do, you have
an oil-leak detection system 13
29. you and others in your household use mostly
alternate transportation, such as public
transport, carpooling, bicycling and walking
30. you recycle all recyclable materials, compost
your organic kitchen waste 14 and send toxic
waste to a toxic waste depot (e.g. batteries,
paints, pesticides)
Subtotal for Conservation and
Environmental Measures:
to calculate the points.)
Part 3 – Energy Efficiency Rating
(E) Energy Efficiency Rating on the
EnerGuide label:
Subtotal for the Energy Efficiency Rating:
(See 16 to calculate the points.)
Total Score
(Addition of subtotals A, B, C, D and E):
Check Your Environmental Rating
Although many Canadians are already taking steps to conserve resources and
protect the environment, most of us can do better. Find your total score in the left column
of the chart below and check how you rate.
Score Range
Time to roll up your sleeves
Very good
Excellent! 
Ahead of the pack!
Lots of opportunities
Still room to make a difference
Efforts realized.
Keep up the good work!
Information and Tips
This section will help you to complete the
questionnaire as well as provide you with tips
on saving energy and resources in the home.
1 ENERGY STAR qualified appliances and
products are among the most energy efficient
in the marketplace and are considered best in their
class. If the ENERGY STAR sticker is not visible, check
the owner’s manual or the back of the equipment.
If you cannot find an ENERGY STAR logo or sticker,
you can compare the annual energy consumption
listed on the black-and-white EnerGuide label (or
on the yellow-and-black United States EnergyGuide
label) against the values of ENERGY STAR appliances
in the EnerGuide Appliance Directory.
Typically, ENERGY STAR appliances are in the top
25 percent of energy efficiency performance. For
more information, visit the ENERGY STAR Web site
at To obtain a copy of the
EnerGuide Appliance Directory, call 1-800-O-Canada
2 ENERGY STAR qualified air conditioners
include conventional central-air systems and
all window, wall or multi/mini split air conditioners.
Heat pumps include air-source, water-source and
ground-source heat pump systems.
3 Solid-fuel-burning appliances are fireplaces
and stoves that burn wood, pellets, corn
and other grains and seeds. Those with advanced
combustion technology have highly efficient
combustion systems that re-burn combustion gases
before they leave the appliance. Highly efficient
combustion systems are certified as CSA-B415.1
or EPA, 40 CFR Part 60, and they include firebox
insulation to keep temperatures high; preheated
primary combustion and secondary air that is fed
to the fire through sets of small holes above and
behind the fuel bed; and internal baffles that give
the fuel gases a long and hot enough route so that
the gases can burn completely.
4 Based on statements 1 to 4, tabulate your
Number of Boxes Checked
5 Extra refrigerators and freezers can cost more
than $10 a month in electricity. If you need a
second refrigerator or freezer, keep its coils and air
inlets clean; ensure the door seals are tight; keep it
defrosted; and keep it full but not overloaded. Better
still, buy the correct size ENERGY STAR qualified
refrigerator or freezer for your needs: they are
40 percent less energy when compared with one
built in the 1970s.) Unplug these extra appliances
when not in use.
6 Based on statements 5 to 9, tabulate your
Number of Boxes Checked
Four to five
7 Based on statements 10 and 11, tabulate your
Number of Boxes Checked
8 Electrical peak-load reduction can be good for
homeowners and the environment. Reducing
electrical power consumption during peak hours
can lower energy bills where “time of use” metering
is available. It restores grid operating margins that
prevent brownouts and blackouts, reduces demand
on non-renewable and dirty fuel sources, delays
or avoids construction of new electrical generating
plants and reduces greenhouse gas and pollution
Simple actions that homeowners can take include
using timers to delay use of heating/cooling
equipment and appliances, such as clothes washers
and dishwashers, to times outside electrical peak
periods. (Typically, peak periods are weekdays from
7 to 11 a.m. and 5 to 10 p.m.)
9 A relatively common assumption is that
washing dishes by hand saves hot water.
However, washing dishes by hand several times
a day could be more expensive than operating a
fully-loaded automatic dishwasher. An ENERGY STAR
qualified dishwasher may consume less energy due
to “smart sensors” that adjust the wash cycle, rinse
volume and the amount of water to match the load.
ENERGY STAR qualified dishwashers also typically
use only 13 to 27 litres of hot water compared to
older appliances that use from 30 to 53 litres. A
built-in booster water heater with a manual selector
switch can raise the water temperature at least
20 degrees for less than it costs to keep the water
heater temperature that high.
Many electric and electronic devices consume
10 electricity even when switched off. Typically,
these units include remote or soft-touch controls,
monitors, clocks, electronic timers and LED lights.
When power bars are switched off, electronic devices
are still protected from power surges. However,
keep in mind that some recording devices, such as
video and DVD players, may lose their programming
set-up if switched off by a power bar. Remember to
switch off power bars during extended periods of
non-use, such as during vacations.
Over 30 percent of indoor residential water
11 consumption is a result of toilet use. In a
recent study, dual-flush toilets saved approximately
26 percent more water than conventional 6-litre
toilets when used to replace existing non-efficient
toilets that averaged 14 litres. Consideration of
other toilet water conserving methods such as
water displacement devices can help conserve
water while reducing waste treatment costs.
To reduce heat loss, insulate at least the first
12 2 metres of the metal hot- and cold-water
lines from the hot-water heater, especially if they
run through unheated areas, such as basements and
crawl spaces. Insulation can save about 2 percent
on heating bills and can reduce pipe-sweating
problems in the summer. Do not place pipe-wrap
insulation within 15 centimetres of exhaust vents
at the top of gas- or oil-fired water heaters. Insulate
plastic pipes only with an approved type of insulation,
to avoid damaging plastic pipes and fittings.
If you will be away from your home for 3 days or
more, remember to switch off or turn down your
water heater thermostat to a minimum setting
(e.g. vacation setting). For more energy-saving
tips, read the user’s manual for your home’s
water heater.
You can protect your home and property from
13 oil leaks by using double-wall or plastic-lined
oil tanks, non-metallic oil tanks, and tank and
burner drip trays that have leak detection alarms.
If you cannot compost your kitchen waste
14 because you do not have enough yard space
or access to a communal composter, score this
question just based on recycling. Use of curb-side
recycling programs (e.g. paper, glass, metals and
organics) or use of recycling centres helps to reduce
landfill loads while allowing the re-use of these
materials for other purposes. Never dispose of toxic
waste (e.g. batteries, paints, solvents, unused
medication, CFLs, pesticides and herbicides) in
regular garbage, a composter or down a drain.
Instead, send them to your local recycling centre
or toxic waste depot. Send unused medications to
a pharmacist.
Based on statements 12 to 30, tabulate your
15 sub-score.
Number of Boxes Checked
Fifteen to eighteen
Eleven to fourteen
Seven to ten
Four to six
One to three
The energy efficiency rating considers the
16 existing insulation levels of all building
components, type and efficiency of mechanical
systems (space heating, water heating and
ventilation equipment), and air-tightness levels.
Based on the energy efficiency rating on your
EnerGuide label, the following points are assigned.
Energy Efficiency Rating
0 to 40
41 to 60
61 to 70
71 to 75
76 to 79
80 or higher
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