Home Energy Retrofits

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Save money Improve home comfort Protect the planet
Lower your electricity and gas bills by investing in energy upgradesCool and heat spaces efficiently by using the right insulation
Reduce your carbon footprint by consuming less energy


The Road to a Net Zero Markham Begins With You

Cover page of the City of Markham's Municipal Energy Plan - Getting to ZeroThe City of Markham's Municipal Energy Plan - Getting to Zero provides a roadmap to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. Markham is committed to improving energy efficiency, creating renewable energy supply, and reducing emissions.

Homes and buildings are the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in Markham today, accounting for 49% of total emissions. Within the residential sector, emissions are mainly a direct result of fuel consumption for space and water heating.

Home energy retrofits create more sustainable homes through improvements to the building shell and energy system. These upgrades can lower your heating and energy bills, improve home comfort and reduce emissions.


How it Works

Energy advisor examines window

The EnerGuide home evaluation uses a nationally recognized rating system to assess the energy performance of your home.

A certified energy advisor will examine your home's insulation, heating and cooling systems and overall energy use to identify sources of heat loss and other energy savings. After your audit, you will receive a set of recommended changes that have the best energy retrofit impact.

A number of grants and financing options are available to help cover the costs of upgrades.

Homeowners will likely need to be patient because wait times may seem long. However, it is best to get your application in to start the process.

For more information on rebates and incentives, please see our FAQs.


Get Started Today!

On this page, you will find a variety of resources to help you complete a home energy retrofit.

Register and book your pre-retrofit evaluation today.

In order to register, you will be asked to provide your:

  • Name
  • Phone number
  • Email
  • Type of house
  • Address of your primary residence
  • Proof of ownership with your property tax bill number (this number can be found on your municipal property documents)
  • Proof of residence through either a drivers licence or government issued ID (with address)

We also invite you to share your ideas, stories and questions with the community in the space below.

Save money Improve home comfort Protect the planet
Lower your electricity and gas bills by investing in energy upgradesCool and heat spaces efficiently by using the right insulation
Reduce your carbon footprint by consuming less energy


The Road to a Net Zero Markham Begins With You

Cover page of the City of Markham's Municipal Energy Plan - Getting to ZeroThe City of Markham's Municipal Energy Plan - Getting to Zero provides a roadmap to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. Markham is committed to improving energy efficiency, creating renewable energy supply, and reducing emissions.

Homes and buildings are the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in Markham today, accounting for 49% of total emissions. Within the residential sector, emissions are mainly a direct result of fuel consumption for space and water heating.

Home energy retrofits create more sustainable homes through improvements to the building shell and energy system. These upgrades can lower your heating and energy bills, improve home comfort and reduce emissions.


How it Works

Energy advisor examines window

The EnerGuide home evaluation uses a nationally recognized rating system to assess the energy performance of your home.

A certified energy advisor will examine your home's insulation, heating and cooling systems and overall energy use to identify sources of heat loss and other energy savings. After your audit, you will receive a set of recommended changes that have the best energy retrofit impact.

A number of grants and financing options are available to help cover the costs of upgrades.

Homeowners will likely need to be patient because wait times may seem long. However, it is best to get your application in to start the process.

For more information on rebates and incentives, please see our FAQs.


Get Started Today!

On this page, you will find a variety of resources to help you complete a home energy retrofit.

Register and book your pre-retrofit evaluation today.

In order to register, you will be asked to provide your:

  • Name
  • Phone number
  • Email
  • Type of house
  • Address of your primary residence
  • Proof of ownership with your property tax bill number (this number can be found on your municipal property documents)
  • Proof of residence through either a drivers licence or government issued ID (with address)

We also invite you to share your ideas, stories and questions with the community in the space below.

  • Markham Celebrates Earth Month Recording

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    Happy Earth Month! Check out the recording of our virtual Earth Month celebration, featuring the Power.House Hybrid Pilot Project, in the video below. A copy of the presentation slides can be found here.

    Learn about the project's goals and achievements from our partners at Alectra Utilities, Enbridge Gas, Natural Resources Canada and Ryerson University. Hear from homeowners participating in this study and find out how these technologies can help us move toward net zero homes. This event was hosted by two Markham youth leaders in sustainability.

    Event features:

    • Opening remarks by Mr. Paul Chiang and Mayor Frank Scarpitti
    • Introduction to the Power.House Hybrid Pilot Project
    • Question & Answer period with panel of experts and participants


    Responses to audience questions will be posted shortly.



    For more information on our Earth Month activities and events, please visit markham.ca/EarthMonth

  • Energy efficient homes getting easier to build

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    Click here to read the full article by the Globe and Mail.

  • Minto, Metropia development pushes net zero homes into the main stream and sales through the roof in Markham

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    Net zero homes are expected to surge over the coming decade. Minto Communities GTA is ahead of the curve after the second phase of its Union Village project sold out in record time.

    Click here to read the full article by the Markham Economist & Sun.

  • Building a POWER.House grid: 10 Markham households hook up to clean energy pilot

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    Learn more about the POWER.House Hybrid Pilot Project in Markham. This unique pilot study looks at how to optimize deep retrofits to minimize greenhouse gas emissions.

    Click here to read the full article by the Markham Economist & Sun.

  • Resident Testimonial: Energy Efficient Furnace

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    Image of an energy efficient furnace

    A few years ago I had an energy audit and replaced my home air conditioner and furnace with more energy efficient models. There were rebates for getting more efficient heating and cooling systems and further ongoing savings were made to gas and electricity bills by more efficient electricity and gas use. The initial cost of the audit, over $600, was almost totally reimbursed.

    -Stuart

  • Here's what you need to know about Canada's new home retrofit program

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    Find out more about the Canada Greener Homes Grant, a new program that provides homeowners with up to $5,600 in energy upgrades.

    Click here to read the full article by Global News.

  • How to make the most of that new, federal, 'green' home retrofit grant

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    Find out more about the pros and cons of the new rebate program and useful tips for homeowners.

    Click here to read the full article by CBC News.

  • Federal government to pay $5,000 for home energy retrofits

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    Learn more about the application process for the federal government's latest retrofit grant.

    Click here to watch the full video by CBC News.

  • 10 ways to green your home

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    Learn tips on how to make your home greener and the positive impact it can have on the planet.

    Click here to read the the full article by the Toronto Star.

  • Resident Testimonial: Gradual Energy Upgrades

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    Goal: Decrease energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, and utility costs


    About the Experience

    Overall, the experience went pretty well. We’ve replaced inefficient equipment with high-efficiency alternatives over several years including our heating and cooling systems, water heater, appliances, plumbing fixtures, and lighting.

    Some of the building envelope improvements include reducing air leakage (weatherstripping, caulking windows, foam inserts in exterior outlets, spray foam gaps between the interior and exterior of the house), increasing attic insulation, passive heating and cooling (window dressings, opening windows, deciduous trees for shade in the summer and reduced wind in the winter), and fans to help circulate air and exhaust warm air in the summer.

    Simple low-cost energy conservation improvements included turning equipment and lights off when not in use, setting back thermostat overnight, hang drying laundry, using the air-dry feature on the dishwasher, low-flow faucets/shower heads, duel-flush toilets, etc. We’ve also improved controls through a smart thermostat, motion sensors, lighting dimmer switches, and timers for washroom exhaust fans. Lastly, we’ve added a solar PV system to our roof that feeds electricity back into the grid.


    Benefits

    The benefits are enormous and include fresher indoor air, more comfortable living environment and room temperatures (less drafts and hot/cold pockets), more options/better control of equipment and remote access to our heating/cooling system, utility bill cost savings, and more.


    Challenges

    There were some challenges along the way. I strongly recommend having a qualified energy advisor complete an energy audit that will recommend improvements with estimated savings and rebates. From there, I’d recommend reading product selection and installation guides (if available), learning the benefits and drawbacks of the high-efficiency technology, always requesting at least 3 supply/install quotes, asking as many questions as you’d like to feel comfortable with the project, and withholding final payment until the project is completed to your satisfaction.


    - Amanda

Page last updated: 06 Jun 2022, 05:31 PM