Are you looking to…
- Increase the Value of your home?
- Save money by using less energy?
- Reduce your environmental footprint?
- Enjoy a more comfortable home?
Start by getting an energy audit of your home with a registered energy advisor.
An energy advisor is someone who can visit your existing home or commercial building, collect data via an energy audit or EnerGuide Rating System (ERS) Evaluation that use a variety of diagnostic tools to identify energy saving opportunities in the building. Using the information collected, and often including some sort of computer energy modelling, an energy advisor will be able to make recommendations for energy efficiency upgrades you can implement and predict the energy savings you would realize from these upgrades.
When you are renovating your home is AN EXCELLENT time to improve the energy efficiency of your home as it will save you money in the long term
Natural Resources Canada promotes the EnerGuide rating system as the gold standard for residential energy audits, and the current federal government has committed to providing up to one million free EnerGuide home evaluations.
If you want to get your home off of natural gas as its heating source, the first step in fuel switching is to increase the energy efficiency of your home.
An Energy Audit will:
– provide you with a clear picture of your home’s energy use
– an info sheet unique for your home that will help direct you to the best possible actions to upgrade your home to be more energy efficient. This means your home will have lower utility bills, increased comfort and lower GHG emissions.
– an energy label for your home
Once you have an energy audit, you can unlock grants, including the Canada Greener Homes Grant and Efficiency Manitoba.
Looking to book an Energy Audit?
First step to getting an energy audit is to register with Natural Resources Canada.
Here are Manitoba-based Service Organization that have trained Energy Advisor candidates
Gio Robson – prairieHOUSE Performance Inc
Kevin Tousignant – Energy Werx MB
Norman Garcia – Mr. Peg Net Zero Solutions
Interested in Becoming an Energy Advisor?
In order to deliver EnerGuide energy audit, an individual must pass a number of exams and be affiliated with a Natural Resources Canada certified Service Organization.
Relevant skills/experience helpful (but not necessary) to become and energy advisor include:
– Residential construction knowledge
– Some building science knowledge (but much is included in training)
– Communication and customer relation skills
– Administrative Skills
– Math skills
– IT skills (energy modelling software, spreadsheets, file management)
The process for becoming a Certified Energy Advisor includes significant training (can be independent, online, and/or in person), two 3 hour proctored exams, and completed probationary files under a Natural Resources Canada licensed Service Organization.
Manitoba Environmental Industries Association (MEIA), in collaboration with Red River College (RRC), launched the Energy Advisor training program at RRC’s dynamic research facilities — including the Building Efficiency Technology Access Centre.
Program at a Glance
- Blended learning – online, with an in-person lab and in-field (work-integrated learning) components in Winnipeg for applied training (subject to pandemic-related health restrictions).
- Concludes with supervised home audits.
- Software and equipment will be supplied.
- Promotes a greener Canada.
The following textbook is required for the program:
- Canadian Home Builders’ Manual | ISBN: 978-0-86506-066-1 | Price: $89.25
In Manitoba, the average wage for NRCan-registered Energy Advisors is between $18 – $55 per hour (source: Job Bank). Experienced NRCan-registered Energy Advisors often operate as sub-contractors using a fee for service model.
Awards and Bursaries
The following awards and bursaries are available for the program:
- Efficiency Manitoba Award
- Manitoba Construction Sector Council Bursary for Newcomers
- Manitoba Environmental Industries Association Bursary