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The Colvin Home – 49 Caledonia Street, Guelph

Colvin - 49 Caledonia

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Imagine doubling the floor space in your home and reducing your energy use at the same time.  This 1980’s home originally built as a bungalow has been transformed to have a second story and sustainability upgrades that lead to 40% less energy needed to heat and cool their home compared to the average home in Ontario.

That’s more money in their pocket and a lower impact on the environment!

While insulation might not be the “sexiest” of upgrades, it’s usually overlooked on home renovations. Instead this family paid a lot of attention to it, leading to lower energy bills during the summer and winter months.

During renovations this home increased insulation:

  • From R12 to R20 on the Main Floor
  • From R18 to R40 in the Attic
  • From R8 to R16 in the Basement and
  • Added R30 to the new Second Floor

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Water use is also a priority for this family. By shifting behaviours and adding low-water use technologies they use 39% less water than the average Guelph residence. This home showcases low-flow toilets, efficient taps and faucets and a 9,100 litre rain water cistern that feeds their toilets, laundry and is used to water their beautiful gardens.

colvin water graph

Other sustainability features in their home include:

  • Drain water heat recovery
  • Solar hot water heater
  • Solar Photovoltaic (electricity) system
  • Wood pellet stove
  • Heat Recovery Ventilator
  • Central indoor ventilation chimney for natural ventilation – acting as an architectural show piece as the second floor you walk on is a metal perforated surface.

See for yourself on Saturday, September 10th 11am-4pm at 40 Spring Street during the Green Energy Doors Open.

Wondering if some of these changes could fit within your home? eMERGE Guelph can help you explore efficient upgrades like these through our Home Tune-up program offered free to Guelph Residents?

Save money and reduce your homes impact on the environment!

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