Government Energy Rebates and Grants for Ontario Homeowners

Submitted by Jasmina on Sun, 2007-04-29 09:52.

The Ontario government is investing millions of dollars over four years to help homeowners save money and help fight climate change. “We want to give homeowners the tools they need to save money and help reduce greenhouse gases,” said Premier McGuinty. “This is another step in our plan to build a cleaner, greener future for Ontario.”

The provincial program will provide homeowners up to $150 toward a home energy audit!

An energy audit can show homeowners how to improve energy efficiency for things such as cooling, hot water and insulation around the house. A typical homeowner could save about $1,200 per year on energy bills and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 1-2 tonnes.

Ontario Home Energy Audit Program Details

Anyone who lives in Ontario and owns a single family home is eligible for the program. The Home Energy Audit Program will provide a rebate of 50% of the cost of the pre-retrofit audit up to a limit of $150. A pre-retrofit audit is an audit conducted before any renovations are undertaken to improve energy conservation in the home.

  1. Homeowner hires an auditor licensed by Natural Resources Canada for a first or pre-retrofit audit. The first or pre-retrofit audit typically costs about $300. Natural Resources Canada licenses home energy auditors and updates the list as auditors are licensed. More information is available at Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) web site. To find an energy advisor operating in Ontario click on "Contact an Energy Advisor" and enter the first three digits of your postal code, or call a toll-free line 1 800 O-Canada.
  2. The auditor carries out the pre-retrofit audit and provides the homeowner with a report that contains recommendations on energy efficiency improvements.
  3. Once the pre-audit is complete the auditor notifies the federal ecoEnergy program and the federal government notifies the provincial Home Energy Audit Program.
  4. The provincial Home Energy Audit Program will issue a $150 rebate cheque to the homeowner for the pre-audit.

Federal ecoENERGY Retrofit Grant Program

The maximum grant owners of single family homes including detached, semi-detached and low-rise multi-unit residential buildings (MURBs) that are no more than three storeys high $5,000. Property owners of multiple residential buildings are eligible for up to $500,000 over the life of the program ending March 31, 2011.

Here is the list of Eligible Improvements you can do to reduce your energy consumption and receive grants through ecoENERGY Retrofit:

  • Heating System
  • Ventilation System
  • Cooling System (replacement only)
  • Domestic Hot Water System
  • Attic Insulation
  • Exterior Wall Insulation
  • Basement Insulation
  • Crawl Space Insulation
  • Air Sealing
  • Doors/Windows/Skylights (heated space only)
  • Water Conservation

After you have completed your energy upgrades, our experts will provide you with a second (post-retrofit) evaluation and a new energy efficiency rating label that indicates your home's improved energy use. You have 18 months from the date of your pre-retrofit evaluation to complete the work and qualify for a grant.

When should I use the residential energy assessment service?

Buying A Home

  • Energy advisors use state-of-the-art evaluation practices and can advise on the best modern techniques and types of products for your first home Renovation.
  • If you'll need to replace old Furnace or Cooling unit, energy efficiency improvements can make a difference to the size of the heating / cooling systems that your home needs.
  • Find the root cause of drafts, cold spots and frosted windows problems and get information about repairing them.
  • Save money on your Energy Bills and help fight climate change!

Selling Your Home

  • After you've made energy efficiency upgrades and comfort improvements to your home, the NRCan Energy Efficiency Rating Label shows potential buyers how much you've improved your home's energy efficiency and how it compares to other homes in your area.
  • You are not required to carry out a retrofit to receive Ontario pre-retrofit audit rebate. You will still receive a Report that contains recommendations on energy efficiency improvements that can give the Peace of Mind to the prospective purchaser.

If you live in Toronto, North York or York Region click here to find out for FREE the True Market Value of your home before or after ecoENERGY Retrofit.