How to choose the right contractor for your energy efficient upgrades

You’ve made the important decision to implement energy efficient upgrades in your business, and now you need to hire a contractor to do the work. Not sure who to choose? Check out these four easy tips to help you find the contractor that’s right for the upgrades you want done.


Contractors discussing the quoteTip 1: Find a contractor

Thanks to our Efficiency Trade Network, we’ve made it easy for you to find energy efficiency contractors to work with. We recommend you pick three contractors to get quotes from. This will help you compare pricing and services.

Our Efficiency Trade Network contractors:

    • Are very knowledgeable in energy efficiency best practices in their field
    • Can help you navigate through Efficiency Nova Scotia’s Programs and rebates
    • Are located across Nova Scotia, so finding one in your location will be easy

Check out our list of contractors.


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Tip 2: Determine your needs

Before you reach out to any contractors, make sure that you have a clear understanding of what the goal is you are trying to achieve with energy efficiency. It’s important to provide as much information as possible to your contractors so they can help you solve the problem. Make sure to have answers to common questions asked like; current heating heating system, age and size of building, and what it’s being used for. It’s also helpful to have your utility information handy, as it’s something that’s required in Efficiency Nova Scotia’s application process.





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Tip 3: Interview contractors

Contact each of the contractors on your list and talk about your project with them. Below are a list of questions that you can ask that may help you find the right contractor for your project.

  • How many energy efficiency projects have you completed?
  • What are some of the results of your projects?
  • Do you use subcontractors? If so, are they trained in energy efficiency?
  • When could my project fit into your schedule?
  • Do you have a lot of experience with Efficiency Nova Scotia and securing rebates for customers?




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Tip 4: Check for references

Once you’ve narrowed your list to a couple of contractors, check their references or research reviews. This will help solidify which contractor is best for the job.
Some questions to ask the contractors previous customers would be:

  • Were you satisfied with the contractor’s work?
  • Was the contractor knowledgeable in Efficiency Nova Scotia’s programs and rebates?
  • Did you achieve the savings that they estimated you would save?
  • How was the entire process from start to finish?

For more information on hiring a contractor, contact our Energy Solution Advisors, or if you’re ready to find a contractor, search our Efficiency Trade Network.



Source: Efficiency Vermont