Originally intended to document my experience of DeLorean ownership, focus is often radical and strange, boring and obtuse.

Friday, February 05, 2010


Time for a shopping spree on the government's tab, which is my own taxes. Whatever.

I have failed.

And yet, I'm somehow okay with that. Why? Because while trying to be green, I got me a lot of green! Our Home Energy Audit was completed not too long ago. Last week the government finally got around to mailing out the last cheque.

And today I finally got around to updating my blog.

Thanks to Energuy Canada Ltd., who completed my audit, I successfully qualified for an ecoEnergy Retrofit Grant. "Successful." Now there's a word I'm not often associated with.

The original energy audit stated our house, built in 1939, rates 35 out of 100, sitting nicely below the 1939 average of 44. We were a troll under a bridge, staring up at the 44 enviously. In other words, on the mushroom scale, we were a lug nut. Whatever that means.

First came the notice from Energuy Canada. (Check out their website. I went to college with one of the owners, and designed the triple logo.) Their letter included an awesome EnerGuide/Natural Resources of Canada sticker to affix to our electrical panel. And I'd like to point out that stickers are the best thing ever. I still have my sticker album from when I was 8. It's full of puffies, fuzzies, and scratch 'n sniffs, which I may or may not have spent too much time sniffing. Which is why I often run off on tangents. Like this one.

Moving on...

Had we successfully implemented all of the recommendations, we could have reduced our energy consumption by 24% and increased our home's energy efficiency rating to 51. Our new EnerGuide number is significantly higher than our old, at 47. But it's still four percentage points shy of our goal, and 28 below Ontario's new-home average of 75.

Where we failed was a broken window. The first auditor (from a different company) failed to notice that it was leaking worse than a paper roof, and even told us that it did not require replacement.

But that point is moot, as the next thing to arrive was a juicy cheque from the Federal Government for $1,890 followed by a matching cheque from the Provincial Government for a grand total of $3,780. Which will all be spent on scratch 'n sniffs.

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Blogger Grant said...

You could buy a lot of lead-based paint and asbestos with that money.

6:41:00 AM

Blogger Ms. Creek said...

congrats on getting your home more efficient. we are doing the same, but we won't get the big bucks like you did. We will get a tax credit, tho.

Good to read your blog again.

I LOVE scratch and sniffs!

8:21:00 AM

Blogger Michael Manning said...

This is very cool, Martini! Perhaps now some pampering on the DMC 12? Just a thought! :D)

8:51:00 PM

Blogger SJ said...

Got paid for a broken window. Nice.

9:28:00 AM

Blogger honkeie2 said...

great job now you can spend it on some solar panels!

12:05:00 PM

Blogger Martini said...

Yes, so many things to spend the dough on. The ol' D sure needs some attention, but solar panels are tempting. Maybe I'll just blow it on candy.

3:50:00 PM

Blogger Monogram Queen said...

Awesomeness!!! I love checks! Spend it wisely hehe....

9:09:00 AM


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