Green Home Makeover

The Green Home Makeover was created to showcase ways that West Bolton SNAP residents can reduce water and energy use, increase tree canopy, improve stormwater management, and garden ecologically.

Home Demonstration project grant recipients gather for DIY home energy party
Project grant recipients and neighbours gathered in Febuary 2020 for a DIY Home Energy Party.
West Bolton SNAP Green Home Makeover House before retrofits
The Green Home Makeover home in West Bolton prior to any outdoor retrofits.

In 2019, we received several applications from West Bolton homeowners to participate in this innovative home demonstration project. We have selected one of these properties to receive the one-time Green Home Makeover Grant, and the suite of energy and landscape retrofits are now underway!

We will be previewing the completed retrofits on the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) social media accounts in fall 2020!

       

Join us at the Green Home Makeover Open House in spring 2021 to tour the gardens, learn from industry experts, and hear from other residents about their retrofit experiences. Sign up for our newsletter to learn more!

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Energy Retrofits

The Green Home Makeover home received a suite of indoor retrofits verified by a pre-audit assessment to offer the best return on investment for reduced energy use and impact on the environment.

The completed retrofits brought the total annual energy consumption in this 1971 home from 5.7 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions per year down to 4.3 tonnes.

Energy retrofits included:

  • Replaced a 15-plus year-old furnace with a new energy efficient furnace
  • Replaced 20-plus year-old water heater with a new energy efficient tankless water heater
  • Topped up the attic insulation to bring it up to R60
  • Added air sealing throughout the home: caulking around windows and doors, filling cracks, foam insulation inserts behind outlets

homeowner improves energy efficiency by caulking around window
Green Home Makeover energy retrofits included caulking around windows and doors.

Outdoor Retrofits

Through funding from TRCA and the Region of Peel Fusion Landscaping Program, an ecological landscape will be installed at the Green Home Makeover home in fall 2020. Elements will include:

Rain Garden:
A garden feature that replaces an area of lawn in order to collect the rain and melted snow that runs off a home’s grass, roof, and driveway. Rain gardens aren’t just beautiful — they also help to maintain the natural water cycle while protecting local rivers, lakes, fish, and drinking sources. See TRCA’s Complete Guide to Building and Maintaining a Rain Garden.

rain garden
Rain garden example

Pollinator Garden:
A garden of native plants that particularly support pollinators such as butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds. Approximately three-quarters of all flowering plants depend on pollinators, including most fruits and vegetables. Supporting pollinator populations through a pollinator garden is an important step in making sure we have fresh, healthy food for generations to come. See Monarch Nation’s Pollinator Garden Guides.

pollinator garden
Pollinator garden example

Native Plants:
All plants used in this landscape retrofit will be native species — plants that occur naturally in this region without human intervention. Using native plants ensures that the Green Home Makeover front yard will provide food and shelter for native insects and wildlife, and will be perfectly suited to southern Ontario’s growing conditions. An added bonus: once native plant species are established, they don’t require watering, which reduces your home’s overall water use. Visit TRCA’s Home Garden Resource Page to learn more.

butterfly milkweed
Butterfly milkweed is a native Ontario wildflower popular with gardeners.

Increased Tree Canopy:
Trees provide many ecosystem services, including but not limited to cleaner air and water, mitigation of climate change, and cooler temperatures. Increasing the tree canopy in the Green Home Makeover front yard will have a multitude of benefits, including increased shade in the summer, windbreak in the winter, C02 sequestration (which helps to mitigate climate change), cooling of the surrounding area during our increasingly frequent heatwaves, and much more.

tree canopy
Increasing tree canopy delivers a variety of ecosystem benefits.

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Questions?

For more information, please contact:
Courtney den Elzen | 416-669-2329 | courtney.denelzen@trca.ca