The Town of Oliver through the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) has partnered with Properate to help homeowners take action on home energy efficiency. 26,000 homes in the region have been mapped for efficiency to assist with this pilot project. Once you have reviewed your home and neighbourhood, don’t miss the change to get a free custom energy report designed to help you plan for and implement effective, cost-saving, energy solutions. This pilot service is free and takes less than 5 minutes to complete.
Whether you’re interested in reducing your home’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions or lowering your energy bill, RDOS Properate.io is a tool that can help you find a start to your project, connect to relevant contractors and guide you through available incentives and rebates.
How do I use it?
2- Answer some questions about your home and get your free preliminary energy report in just 5 minutes
3- Book a consultation to go through your report with one of Properate’s building experts
Why this partnership?
The RDOS is launching a pilot project with Properate.io beginning June 2022. The goal of the pilot is to help improve local climate action through energy efficiency in homes.
What extra support is available?
The RDOS has created a dedicated forum for residents of Oliver who are seeking further support with upgrades. The aim is to find three or more neighbours seeking the same projects and support groups of neighbours to achieve even bigger savings. Additional incentives can be organized for groups
Any questions, comments or thoughts, including opportunities to connect with your neighbours please use the dedicated forum available at RDOS Regional Connections and find your Electoral Area or municipality to discuss your energy upgrade experience.
What is Properate?
Properate is a BC-based company providing data services for energy efficiency renovations. Properate has worked with numerous municipalities around the province using their proprietary tools to help residents and homeowners, as well as local and regional governments, better achieve their climate objectives. Properate has worked with the below organizations:
- Home energy evaluation: Visit http://rdos.properate.io to get a free energy evaluation report of your home. The initial remote assessment will help you identify your home performance.
- Upgrade planning: There is no straightforward way to home upgrade. Each home works as a unique system. Properate optimizes your home upgrade planning to maximize the rebates, save on energy bills and reduce your home's greenhouse gas emissions.
- Your greener neighborhood: Properate promotes greener communities through the map. You and your neighbors can now find each other and use the Regional Connections page. You might be eligible for additional support through RDOS and additional rebates through CleanBC by working with neighbours.
- Consultation: Not sure where to start making your home more sustainable and efficient? Sign up for a free consultation.
- Less cost, more energy efficiency: Don’t rely on guesses and random advice. Find your best upgrade with the latest building science and energy modeling. Image
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Do I need to pay to use the service?
No, the service is completely free!
What if my address is not on the map?
If your address on the map, there is nothing to worry about. You can get a Properate home report and this data will be added to the map after that.
Why is my address not on the map?
The map pilot is only available for single family ‘part 9’ homes. If you have an apartment, mobile home, strata home or a home outside the Regional District boundary, you might not be on the map. Answering questions adds your data to the map and helps improve the quality of the service for the whole region.
What does an efficient building mean?
Any building that is heated or cooled uses energy. Some of this energy is lost through gaps in walls and equipment which does not operate at 100% and other factors. A building with minimum losses is efficient and maximum losses are inefficient.
Where does the data from the map come from?
We use various data sources of publicly available data such as BC Assessment and Cadastral databases to map and evaluate buildings. No personal or utility data is used.
How do you use my data in the future?
What happens after my assessment?
As part of Properate's partnership with the RDOS, residents are able to book a free phone consultation with a certified building scientist.
Who is a building scientist and how can they help you?
A building scientist guides you through your home upgrade planning by identifying the issues and recommending solutions. This is a scientific process that is independent from any brands or products.
How to get the most out of your consultation?
Briefly describe the main heating cooling and energy issues in your home. State if you have done any home improvement work in the past. The consultant will need to understand your goals. For example, what issues are most important to you? Are you looking for more comfort, increasing your home’s value, maximizing your eligible rebates or reducing your carbon footprint? During the consultation, feel free to ask about renovation rebates available for your home and group rebates available in your neighbourhood.
What happens after the consultation?
Homeowners are free to proceed as they wish, with no obligation at all. Depending on your home and rebates available, we might recommend that you book an on-site energy evaluation by a registered energy advisor to provide you with more insights on-site.