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Renos with Joan

​In early 2010 Joan purchased a little pre-war bungalow with the goal of turning it into her energy efficient dream home. It needed work but with a little ingenuity and a lot of sweat equity she knew it would pay off.

Follow our continuing series as she undertakes everything from window caulking to a full kitchen gut job to make her home comfortable and efficient.

Four years in and you won’t believe what Joan has got to show for herself. A few bruised thumbs, a whole lot of sweat equity and a cool and cosy house.

Her beautiful kitchen renovation didn’t start with picking out countertops and cabinets. Joan went deeper and looked between the studs to improve her home’s efficiency.
After finding mysterious puddles in the basement, Joan wasn’t sure what to blame them on. Her dog, a leaky water heater, or something far worse?
When she ventured into the attic to investigate her home’s heat loss, Joan couldn’t believe what she found.

Joan saves her sanity with new, ENERGY STAR® double-pane windows.
Joan considers whether to squeeze a few more years out of her energy hungry clunker of a furnace, or replace it with a new, high-efficiency ENERGY STAR® model.
Joan takes possession and tackles programmable thermostats, furnace filters and other inexpensive projects in her first steps towards energy saving bliss.


Joan Churchill spends her days writing about energy efficiency for FortisBC. In her spare time, she's renovating her house and taking care of a houseful of fur kids.