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
The new on-line application will have the following components available
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.
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)
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.
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