This is an update about Cool Neighborhoods (an initiative of the local non-profit society Cool North Shore), and and invitation to schedule free home thermal imaging in Blueridge/Seymour Heights by the North Vancouver Fire Department.A few years ago, many neighbours took advantage of federal rebate programs and had energy audits and thermal imaging done on their homes. Unfortunately the Natural Resources Canada eco-Action program was discontinued, and there are currently no federal rebates available. However, there are still many simple, low-cost things that can be done to save energy in your home, and to reduce heating costs. In many cases, homeowners can achieve savings of up to 25% with low-cost efforts such as caulking, weatherstripping, sealing drafts, insulation top-up, etc. Thermal imaging is a great way to identify areas of heat loss in your home so that you can target your efforts more effectively.Thermal Imaging by the North Vancouver Fire DepartmentAs part of an ongoing partnership with the three North Shore municipalities, Cool North Shore works with local fire departments to provide free thermal imaging for Cool Neighbourhoods participants. Those who have had thermal imaging done, have found that being able to visualize heat loss is especially helpful in targeting where to focus your efforts. Cool North Shore provides a “homeowner checklist” for taking notes on the temperature and problem areas as you walk through the house with the fire inspector doing the thermal imaging, as well as information and tips on improving energy efficiency in the home. Other helpful resources are also available, such as BC Hydro’s Guide for Air Sealing and Insulation Retrofits: https://www.bchydro.com/content/dam/BCHydro/customer-portal/documents/power-smart/builders-developers/standards-practice-manual-weatherization-draftproofing.pdf And until March 31st, BC Hydro is providing a variety of rebates for eligible retrofits: https://www.bchydro.com/powersmart/residential/rebates_savings/home-energy-rebate-offer.htmlSo if you are interested in booking a thermal imaging appointment, let the BCA know (info [at] blueridgeca [dot] org), and we will make the arrangements with the North Vancouver Fire Department. Appointment times are normally Monday, Wednesday or Friday after 6.30 pm, and they require two weeks notice. With enough advance notice, other times can be arranged.If anyone has any questions about Cool Neighbourhoods, don’t hesitate to get in touch via their website: www.coolnorthshore.ca.
FREE Thermal Imaging by the North Vancouver Fire Department
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