The HERO Project
HERO: Home Energy Retrofit Opportunity Project
Live Green Toronto
HVRA is offering you an opportunity to lower your heating bills, reduce your carbon footprint, and make your home more comfortable.
You can take part in HVRA’s Home Energy Retrofit Opportunity (HERO) project, get a home energy audit for $131.75, and get information on where you can make the biggest difference for the least investment.
HERO will help you upgrade your furnace to a new high efficiency furnace, saving natural gas (and electricity!)
All HERO participants receive a list of home upgrade contractors who are available to assist you with your home energy efficiency upgrades, eliminating the “I have had my energy audit, now what do I do?” problem.
Our goal is to make it easy for Harbord Village residents to reduce home energy costs. The program in a nutshell:
Home energy upgrades don’t have to be expensive. For less than $1,000, you can have your home draft sealed, get a grant back from the government, and make a big difference in your energy bills forever.
What is the HERO Project?
The City’s Live Green Toronto program fights climate change by supporting community groups to green their own neighbourhoods. HVRA’s Home Energy Retrofit Opportunity (HERO) project is among the first projects selected for City support.
Heating and cooling houses is a significant source of greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change. We can make significant reductions in greenhouse gases where we live! The HVRA energy retrofit project is designed to give you easy access to home energy audits and energy-conserving improvements for your home.
For more information on the Live Green Toronto program, and the HVRA HERO project, please download our backgrounder HERE.
To sign up for the HERO project, just download the flyer HERE, fill in the sign-up sheet on the back, and return it to us.
HVRA will be preparing materials to assist other residents’ associations and community groups in organizing their own community residential home energy efficiency projects. For more information on the HERO Community Tool Kit, check back to this web site or contact the HERO project coordinator.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact HVRA HERO project coordinator David Booz.
Heritage Conservation and Energy Efficiency
Upgrading our homes to be energy efficient is important, but it doesn’t have to be at the expense of the heritage of our homes. It is important to respect the heritage aspects of the facades of our homes while renovating. Windows are a particularly important area — you can repair your existing heritage windows to make them more efficient. If you decide to replace your windows, you can get new, energy efficient windows that echo the appearance of the original late 19th century windows.
HVRA has published an excellent Directory for Conservators and Restorers that has lot of great information on windows and other heritage aspects of our homes.
For more information, including a link to download the Directory for Conservators and Restorers, see the Heritage Conservation page of the HVRA web site.
Carson Dunlop & Associates - HERO Energy Auditor
The HERO project has selected Carson Dunlop & Associates as our official Home Energy Auditor. Carson Dunlop & Associates Ltd has completed over 85,000 home inspections since 1978 in the GTA. They are Canada’s largest independently owned and operated home inspection company.
Carson Dunlop is approximately fifty employees strong with lots of in-house experience, expertise and knowledge of houses and their systems. They have an incredible technical library and skill set, and both owners are still active in the business. They have always prided themselves on doing top quality work, offering great customer service for a fair price — they are a value based service company with a solid history and reputation.
Recently, they were awarded the Best of 08’ from homestars.com as the Top Service Provider for 2008 for the Green Products and Services Category. All our customer reviews for their ecoENERGY work rated them 10 out of 10!
To visit the Carson Dunlop & Associates website and check out the great videos on their site, click here.
HERO’s contact at Carson Dunlop is Ryan Haffner, email@example.com, (416) 964-9415 x 231.
AtlasCare — HERO Furnace Contractor Partner
HERO has selected AtlasCare for a bulk purchase of high efficiency furnaces. AtlasCare was established in 1932 as a heating service company serving central Toronto. The company has been involved in all areas of the heating business, progressing from coal to oil, to electric, to gas heat. AtlasCare has progressed into a company specializing in all residential HVAC equipment. Most recently, they have made it their mandate to vigorously pursue indoor air quality (IAQ). AtlasCare takes great pride in the many services they offer to improve the quality of the air you breathe in your home.
AtlasCare has developed customized HVAC solutions for even the most challenging jobs. This becomes especially useful in downtown Toronto where many homes lack central ventilation and ductwork, and where venting high efficiency furnaces can be a real challenge.
AtlasCare is committed to working with all participants in the HERO project in an effort to increase the energy efficiency in Harbord Village no matter the scope of the work. AtlasCare also offers boilers and a wide range of other home comfort products and services, including air conditioning systems, IAQ products, duct cleaning, and air quality testing.
In 2004, AtlasCare became the first and only independent residential HVAC company to qualify for ISO 9001-2000 certification.
AtlasCare is offering a bulk discount of 8% on all new installations and services to participants in the HERO project.
Please keep in mind that the last day to qualify for the Home Renovation Tax Credit on new furnace installations is January 31, 2010.
If you want to get a quote from AtlasCare on your HVAC needs, you need to fill in our sign up sheet HERE and return it to us.
HERO’s contact at AtlasCare is Justin Mantei, firstname.lastname@example.org, (905) 829-1296 x 260.
This is a community project, and we need a working committee of residents to help organize the project. There are lots of things that need to be done, from writing Requests for Proposals for contractors, to helping with the vendor selection, to organizing the public meetings and neighbourhood involvement, to helping with website information, publicity and distributing flyers. Helping out doesn’t have to be a big commitment — every little bit helps! To get involved, contact project coordinator David Booz at email@example.com.