NOTE: Effective June 6, 2011, the Government of Canada has renewed the ecoENERGY Retrofit – Homes program. Homeowners are eligible to receive grants of up to $5,000 to make their homes more energy-efficient. Only products purchased after June 6, 2011, and installed after a pre-retrofit evaluation are eligible for an ecoENERGY grant. All energy retrofits and post-retrofit evaluations must be completed by March 31, 2012. The homeowner must also sign the grant application by this date
The Province of Ontario is continuing to pay 50 per cent of the cost of a home energy audit, to a maximum of $150, under the Ontario Home Energy Audit Program.
What is the amount of the grant I can expect to receive?
The amount of your ecoENERGY Retrofit grant will depend on the improvements you make in your home from among the list of qualifying measures recommended by your Certified Energy Advisor. To be eligible, you will need to invest a minimum of $300 in retrofits. The more you do to reduce your home’s energy consumption, the more you can expect to get back in the form of a retrofit grant. The maximum grant possible under the ecoENERGY Retrofit program is $5,000.
How do I apply for a retrofit grant?
To receive your ecoENERGY Retrofit grant, follow these steps:
- Register your property
The first step in the renewed ecoENERGY Retrofit – Homes program is to register with NRCan.
- Get a home energy audit
Schedule a home energy audit. Call a local Green Community near you or submit your request on this site.
Ontario residents will be reimbursed half the cost of your first audit, up to a maximum of $150, by the government of Ontario.
- Get the work done
Make some or all of the recommended energy efficiency retrofits. Your advisor’s report will help you plan your retrofits and tell you which projects are top priority. You have until March 31, 2012 to carry out the retrofits, book your follow-up assessment, and apply for a grant.
- Reap the rewards
When you are done, call us back for another visit. Our Certified Energy Advisor will test the performance of your home, check for the recommended upgrades that you have made, and give you a new rating.
The advisor will submit an application on your behalf for a government grant based on the upgrades. The more savings measures you implement, higher the grant for which you will be eligible. You will receive a cheque in the mail directly from the federal government.
|Heating bills are down|
It's perceptibly warmer underfoot on the ground floor, our main living area, and we got rid of the drafts. Heating bills, which used to run about $200 a month during the cold weather, are down by $50 to $60 a month. The advisor showed us how to get the greatest effect for the lowest price.
– Graham Whiting and Kassia Kord, Guelph