Written By: Melissa Carruthers
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Okay, so I have moved on to Saskatchewan:
Again I’ll start Federally:
The “ecoEnergy Retrofit” was closed in January 2012 for anyone who hadn’t had their homes audited (if you did you have 18 months from the audit to make improvements). For right now there are no federal grants available (that I could find anyway). If anything is added I will update my blog because the more money you can get back the better it is for you and the more you will do to help the environment.
Residents of Saskatchewan can apply for grants through The Saskatchewan EnerGuide for Houses (SEGH) until October 31, 2013 but your evaluation must be completed by June 30th, 2013. They offer grants for any energy saving efforts you do within your home. The most you can get is $5000 but that is still a lot of money for making these necessary improvements.
Who is eligible?
Single family homes
Most low rise (3 stories or less) multi-unit residential
Mixed use (residential and commercial) (3 stories or less)
Owners of Mobile Homes on a permanent foundation
Things you can improve are:
2. Air sealing and damp proofing
3. Heating and ventilation upgrades
4. Air Conditioning
5. Water heating systems
6. Water conservation recommendations (dual flush toilets)
So how do you do this?
1. Contact a licensed service organization to have a pre-retrofit energy evaluation. (Visit www.Saskenergy.com/Saving_Energy/energuide.asp for a list of approved service organizations.) But the last eligible day to have this done to still be valid is June 30, 2013. Visit the site below to get a list of companies licensed to complete the audit. http://www.saskenergy.com/Saving_Energy/energuide.asp
2. After the energy evaluation is done, the service organization will give you a report that will suggest energy-saving renovations, and how much money you can get back in rebates.
3. Complete the renovations and retrofits within 18 months of the evaluation.
4. After the renovations are done, have the service organization do a post-retrofit energy evaluation.
5. The service organization will submit the results of the post-retrofit energy evaluation. You don’t need to do a thing
6. SaskEnergy will send you a rebate cheque for the provincial retrofit rebate program.
What can you do with your insulation to help you make the most money on?
1. Crawl Space Insulation
a. Insulate a minimum of 60% of the crawlspace’s total exterior foundation wall including the header area
Options: Use PlastiSpan HD insulation (R- 4.04/inch) at 2.25” to 6” thick to achieve R-9 to R-24 or use one or two 3” thick layers of M-Board insulation R- 4.04/inch) to achieve R-12 or R-24.
b. Or Insulate a minimum of 60% of the floor space above the crawl space to increase value by a minimum of RSI 4.23 (R-24)
*** Technicality Information: “When both a basement and a crawl space are present, applicable grants are Pro-Rated based on the total foundation wall area insulated to a max of $1000***
2. Interior Basement Insulation
a. Insulate a minimum of 60% of the Foundations wall area to qualify.
i. Options: Use either PlastiSpan insulation (R-3.75/inch) 2.5” to 6.5” thick to achieve R-9 to R-24 or use PlastiSpan HD (R-4.04/inch) 2.5” to 6” thick to achieve R-9 to R-24
ii. There are different qualifications and standards for row, semidetached houses, see note below.
3. Exterior Wall insulation
a. Insulate a minimum of 60% of the total wall surface to qualify.
i. Options: Use PlastiSpan HD insulation or PlastiSpan M-Board insulation both 3” thick to get you an R-12. You can also get thicker PlastiSpan HD if you want to shoot for +R-23
***When I called one of the licensed service agreement companies they told me if you are able to insulate both your exterior foundation and interior foundation you are eligible for both amounts of money. I would double check this when they come to evaluate your home***
4. Basement Header
a. Seal and insulate a minimum of 60% of the basement header area
i. Options: Use a PlastiSpan insulation (R-3.75 per inch) and seal into the header space with one part polyurethane foam to help you achieve this R-Value
*** Technicality Information: “When both a basement and a crawl space are present, applicable grants are Pro-Rated based on the total foundation wall area insulated to a max of $1000. From what I have read a researched this applies only to interior insulation***
a. Increase your insulation value in your attic to achieve a minimum insulation value of R-50
b. Increase your R-value for Cathedral ceilings to R-28
Okay, so in summary there are many ways to increase your R-value and energy efficiency just by finishing your basement. So all that cold unused space you have in the basement is just waiting to be developed and it will help you save money on energy and give you extra space to live in. If you are looking for more ways to use PlastiSpan insulation to help you increase your R-value and comfort visit www.plastifab.com and click on “how to” to view more videos. We also have blogs on all of our applications so take a look. Also make sure you visit www.saskenergy.com to see how you can save even more money by changing windows, your furnace and ventilation systems.
Next we will look at Manitoba Energy Grants.