What is a home retrofit?

A home retrofit is one or more home improvements that, when complete, result in your house having lower greenhouse gas emissions than it did before. There are two parts to eliminating gas emissions from your home:

  • improving the energy efficiency of your home to reduce the total amount of energy used, and
  • very importantly: fuel switching from gas to electricity for heating, hot water, cooking and other appliances.

When you are able to significantly decrease or eliminate you home’s carbon emissions it is often called a deep retrofit. However, if you are not in the position to do a “deep” retrofit, that’s okay. Any and all measures that you can make to decrease your home’s energy use are impactful and important – you don’t have to try and do it all and you can also decide to tackle a retrofit in phases, over time.