GreenSaver and the Consumers Council of Canada Create Partnership to Provide Unique On-line Energy Efficiency Resource for Homeowners

TORONTO, April 14 /CNW/ - Vladan Veljovic, President and CEO of GreenSaver, and Don Mercer, President of the Consumers Council of Canada announced today that the two organizations have entered into a partnership to develop and implement a unique on-line application that will serve as a comprehensive resource to consumers who are  considering energy retrofits for their homes. This is the latest initiative geared to home owners from GreenSaver, a not-for-profit organization that has been working in the eco-energy space for more than 20 years to educate Canadians on how to make their homes more energy efficient.

The new on-line application will have the following components available to consumers:

  • An Energy Efficiency Primer that will provide general information about energy savings investments and what consumers should know.

  • A guided on-line process that will result in a Deep Energy Retrofit Roadmap1TM itemizing key steps towards substantial energy savings.

  • A series of topic pages based on building science to help support consumer decisions pertaining to building envelope, mechanical systems, renewable and important questions to ask contractors and vendors they are working with on their home renovation project.

  • A listing of valuable sources of information2 that have been researched and shown to be reliable and relevant to Canadian homes and consumer lifestyles.

"Given the end of the federal ecoENERGYprogram, consumers are left without any formal government regulatory protection in their energy efficiency renovations. There have been many instances of "greenwashing" by various providers and it is important for consumers to have access to an independent and trusted resource to evaluate the types of retrofits available," said Mr. Veljovic. "GreenSaver's goal in partnering with the Consumers Council is to ensure Canadian consumers have access to the unbiased, impartial information they need to make their homes as energy efficient as possible."

"The Consumers Council of Canada is pleased to be associated with GreenSaver, a well-governed, non-profit organization that provides quality advice and service to consumers seeking to improve the energy efficiency of their homes," said Don Mercer, President of the Consumers Council of Canada. "Consumers need trusted advice to help them sort out marketplace claims and make rational buying decisions and the launch of this application will be a step in a greener direction."

Both Mr. Veljovic and Mr. Whitehurst, Executive Director of the Consumers Council of Canada will be available from 12 - 2 p.m. in Booth 725 at the Green Living Show, taking place at the Direct Energy Centre in Toronto tomorrow, April 15, to meet with media on this announcement.

About GreenSaver

GreenSaver is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to environmental energy efficiency, offering energy audits, insulation solutions, and new technologies like solar and province-wide energy conservation programs. They have pioneered Ontario residential energy conservation for more than 20 years with economically viable and environmentally friendly measures to help individuals and organizations with their energy needs. (www.greensaver.org)

About the Consumers Council of Canada

The Consumers Council of Canada works collaboratively with consumers, business and government in support of consumers' rights and responsibilities, seeking an efficient, equitable, effective and safe marketplace for consumers. (www.consumerscouncil.com)

1 http://bfreehomes.com/cms/index.php?page=fees-and-services-der

2 Provincial energy saving programs and rebates, as well as energy saving programs from utilities and fuel providers and distributors, will be addressed as well.


SOURCE GreenSaver

For further information:

GreenSaver Consumers Council of Canada
Helen Reed   Ken Whitehurst
416-797-7210 416-483-2696
Helen.Reed@GreenSaver.org whitehurst@consumerscouncil.com

 

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