Homeworks links business growth, GHG reductions
Homeworks Services, in Vancouver, says its work in energy-saving home improvements helped keep approximately 33,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2), a principal greenhouse gas emission, from being emitted into the atmosphere. This is the equivalent of burning 14 million litres of gasoline. The company further reports that it achieved significant a 40% increase in business in 2004.
Homeworks links some of its growth to two environmental programs supported by the federal government-the One-Tonne Challenge (www.climatechange.gc.ca) and the EnerGuide for Houses (http://oee.nrcan.gc.ca/).
"The federal government's environmental initiatives have had a very positive impact on our business. Case in point, our average project can reduce greenhouse gas emissions in one home by 1.6 tonnes per year--easily exceeding the government's One-Tonne Challenge. Homeworks uniquely connects homeowners to utility and government programs to maximize their return on investment," says company president Areef Abraham.
Homeworks can help its customers qualify for a government energy grant of up to $3,348 to pay for the energy-saving home renovations it carries out. The exact amount of the grant depends on a comparison of a given home's energy use before and after the home renovations take place; however a typical grant ranges from $400 to $1,000.
The company currently has offices in Vancouver and Toronto and expects to begin offering services in Alberta by March 2005. More information is available on its Web site, www.homeworks.ca.