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Our Experience with Lightspark

By The Marsh Household

A Lightspark home audit can offer several benefits, helping you optimize various aspects of your home for energy efficiency, safety, and overall comfort. Here are some key advantages:

  • Energy Efficiency: One of the primary benefits of a Lightspark home audit is identifying opportunities to improve energy efficiency. This can include recommendations for better insulation, sealing drafts, upgrading appliances to energy-efficient models, and optimizing your heating and cooling systems. Increased energy efficiency leads to lower utility bills and reduced environmental impact.

Our conversation with Jack (energy auditor) at Lightspark really put this in perspective! They recommended Heat Pumps, which we have gotten quotes for, and communicated the benefits in terms we really understood. For example, fixing the insulation in our home can save as much energy as toasting 3000 bagels! This translated technical jargon into visible impacts that excited us to find ways to save! Our heat pumps are expected to be installed by December 8th, and we are very excited about it!

  • Cost Savings: By making your home more energy-efficient, you can save money on your monthly energy bills. The initial investment in audit recommendations can often pay for itself through long-term savings on heating, cooling, and electricity costs.

Light Spark gave us 3 options from most efficient/expensive to small efficiency/low-cost fixes. This really helped us understand what the savings were VS the upfront cost!

  • Customized Solutions: A Lightspark home audit provides tailored recommendations based on your home’s specific needs and condition. This ensures that the improvements made are relevant and effective.

If a recommendation is not perfectly fitted to your unique situation, Lightspark gives you the opportunity to mix and match, putting your custom improvements into their plans or building one from scratch! This allows you to customize your efficiency to something that fully reflects your sensibilities and budget!

  • Government Incentives: In some regions, government incentives or rebates may be available for making energy-efficient improvements to your home. A Lightspark audit can help you take advantage of these programs.

The pièce de resistance is the breakdown of the Government incentives! This is where light sparks shine because it tells you exactly what grant helps with which improvement, allowing you to save on costs or push your improvements further! We can, without a doubt, say this was a huge benefit to us!

Other benefits include

  • Improved Comfort: Identifying and addressing issues with insulation, drafts, or heating and cooling systems can significantly improve the comfort of your home. You’ll experience more consistent temperatures and fewer discomforts like hot and cold spots.
  • Environmental Impact: Reduced energy consumption means a smaller carbon footprint. A Lightspark home audit can help you contribute to environmental sustainability by reducing your home’s energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Safety: The audit can also identify potential safety hazards in your home. This may include issues with electrical wiring, gas appliances, or fire safety. Addressing these concerns promptly helps ensure the safety of your household.
  • Healthier Indoor Air Quality: Poor indoor air quality can lead to health problems. The audit may include recommendations for improving ventilation, addressing moisture issues, and using air purifiers to promote healthier indoor air quality.
  • Increased Property Value: Energy-efficient homes are often more attractive to buyers and can have higher resale values. If you ever decide to sell your home, the improvements made based on the audit’s recommendations can be a selling point.
  • Peace of Mind: Knowing that your home has been thoroughly assessed for energy efficiency and safety provides peace of mind. You can rest assured that your living space is comfortable, cost-effective, and secure for your family.

All of which Lightspark helps to make clear.

Areas for further growth: We wish Lightspark creates a process for new builds! They already have all this incredible data. Being able to install energy upgrades at the start of a build would save so much time and money. Since we are building our dream green multi-gen home, this would be invaluable! As much as we are trying to implement everything, Lightspark’s touch would certainly help!

In summary, a Lightspark home audit is like having a green energy guide. Sure, you can do things by yourself and learn as much as you can, but in our experience, having a trusted guide makes all the difference!  

Check out this feedback video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3b-SZkwESs

Written by The Marsh Household

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