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Homesaccountfor17percentofallenergyuseinCanadaandhomeownersshoulddoalltheycantomakesuretheirhomeisoperatingathighefficiencylevels.Havinganenergy-efficienthomeisnotjustgoodfortheenvironmentitx19sgoodforyourbankaccount.TheCanadiangovernmenthasintroducedanumberofinitiativestoencourageCanadianstoliveinenergyefficienthomes.AvailableinmanyregionsacrossCanadatheENERGYSTARforNewHomesprogrampromotesthebuildingofhomeswithhigherenergyefficiencylevelsthanthecurrentprovincialminimumbuildingcodes.TheENERGYSTARprogramisdesignedtohelpsavemoneyandprotecttheenvironmentthroughenergyefficientproductsandpractices.AnENERGYSTARqualifiedhomemustbebuiltbyanENERGYSTARbuilderwhointegratesenergy-efficientfeaturesinthehomethatmeettechnicalspecifications.Featurescanincludeenergyefficientfurnacesheatpumpshigherperformancewindowsglassdoorsskylightsandinsulationupgradesintheceilingsandwalls.AftertheverificationprocessiscompletetheenergyadvisorinformstheirserviceorganizationwhoissuesanENERGYSTARforNewHomeslabelandcertificateforthehouse.Thelabelisusuallyplacedonthehomex19selectricalpanel.Homeownersenjoylowerenergybillsincreasedcomfortbecauseoffewerdraftshigherresalevalueandthesatisfactionofknowingtheyareminimizingtheirimpactontheenvironment.Ifyouareplanningtorenovatesomeprovincialgovernmentsofferrebatesforhomeenergyretrofits.Toqualifyyoumustgetahomeenergyauditbeforetheupgrade.TheOntarioandB.C.governmentsoffergrantsupto7000.Thereareevensomemunicipalincentives.ForexampleVancouverhomeownersmayqualifyfora3000rebatefromtheCityofVancouverx19sSolarHomesPilotwheninstallingsolarhotwatersystems.Thereareevenadditionalrebatesforlow-flowtoilets.GenworthCanadaoffersanincentiveprogramforhomebuyerswhopurchaseanenergy-efficienthomeormakeenergysavingrenovationstotheirexistinghome.Thecompanyoffersa10percentrefundoftheGenworthmortgageinsurancepremiumalongwitharefundoftheHOMES16ENERGYEFFICIENT