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It’s that time of the year again—the air is cooler and crisper, and the urge to stay cozy and warm inside our homes is stronger than ever.

But unfortunately, those creature comforts come with a price—and it could show up on your energy bills.

Thankfully, the Capital Regional District (CRD) has launched the Home Energy Navigator program which is designed to streamline home energy upgrades in the region’s single-family homes.

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The Home Energy Navigator Program aims to support Greater Victoria residents to undertake low carbon home energy retrofits and take advantage of government and utility incentives.

Participants are connected with an Energy Concierge, who is then available throughout a retrofit project to answer questions, provide support, and give local, expert advice and guidance to navigate the complex world of home energy retrofits.

“Whether you need help identifying energy saving opportunities, comparing insulation or heat pump quotes, or applying for rebates and grants, this program is here to help,” said Nikki Elliott, Manager of Climate Action Programs for the CRD.

“This program has been designed to give residents the knowledge and confidence to improve the efficiency of their homes.”

The Home Energy Navigator Program is a free program created by the CRD and local government partners in the capital region and informed by industry experts, including numerous local contractors. It is being executed by City Green Solutions, a local non-profit with decades of experience helping homeowners save energy.

Here are just a few perks of upgrading your home this winter:

  • Improved comfort: upgraded insulation levels and air-tight homes with appropriate ventilation controls the air from entering or exiting your home, maintaining warm temperatures in the winter, and cool temperatures in the summer.
  • Reduced noise: upgraded insulation, air-tightness, and high-efficiency windows can reduce unwanted outdoor noise in your home. This is especially beneficial for homes built in busy or noisy areas or for individuals who enjoy peace and quiet.
  • Energy efficiency: modern heat-pumps and upgraded insulation help you use less energy to heat and cool your home, which reduces the ongoing monthly and annual operating costs of the home.
  • Lower carbon pollution: buildings are a significant source of energy consumption and carbon pollution in the region. Completing home energy upgrades reduces carbon pollution and reduces your personal household environmental footprint.
  • Future proofing: energy efficient homes have improved quality and can better withstand climate change impacts. For example, the combined effect of a tighter building envelope, high-efficiency heating system such as a heat pump means your home can offer better air quality and cooling as the world around you changes.

Residents can participate in the program for free by filling out a registration form online.

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