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Eco Energy Rebates

To qualify for eco energy rebates a homeowner must have a home energy audit completed with a local NRCan-certified energy auditor. This person will come out to the home and conduct an inspection to calculate how much energy can be saved. He or she will first go around the home and check the windows, doors and roof areas for leaks or damaged areas where the weather can get into the home.  Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) is the government agency responsible for offering a residential energy efficiency assessment service to the owners of residential homes.  This includes detached, semi-detached and low-rise multi-unit residential buildings - or MURBs - that are three storeys or less in height. Under NRCan’s ecoENERGY Retrofit program these designated property owners can receive federal grants for increasing the energy efficiency of their homes and by reducing their home's affect on the immediate surroundings and, as well, the environment.

The popular ecoEnergy Retrofit – Homes program.  Homeowners who took advantage of the grants saved an average of 20 per cent on their energy bills. However, Canadians who have already registered for the program could still receive up to $5,000 in grants to make energy- and water-efficient home improvements if they make final submissions by the program deadline.  Fortunately, many provinces, territories and municipalities offer separate rebates for energy-efficient upgrades on qualifying projects. See more about your province or territory on this site, and check our rebates chart for more information on municipal rebates.

Pre-retrofit evaluation

Hire a local service organization licensed by NRCan. They will send a certified energy advisor to perform a pre-retrofit energy evaluation from the attic to the foundation.  Retrofit with receipts: Choose, purchase and install eligible measures described in this document, and keep your receipts for three years. The more upgrades you implement, the more ecoENERGY Rebates you can receive, and the more energy you can save.

Post-retrofit evaluation

Complete your renovations and obtain a post-retrofit evaluation no later than March 31, 2012. You must show all your receipts to your energy advisor during the final evaluation to verify that you purchased and installed eligible upgrades after June 6, 2011, and after a pre-retrofit evaluation.

The ecoENERGY for Homes rebate program is ending very soon, and if you are planning on taking advantage of this opportunity, you’d better not wait any longer. At the moment, there are no indications of an extension to the program. The good news is there are other incentives through provinces, territories and utilities. 

As mentioned, the ecoENERGY Retrofit for Homes rebate program is coming to an end on March 31, 2012, and if you haven’t yet started the process we highly recommend that you take a look at our incentive guide.  Or, for more information about the ecoENERGY Retrofit – Homes Program visit the Government of Canada’s ecoACTION website.

Natural Resources Canada (NRCAN) ecoENERGY Retrofit - Homes Program

As part of the Government of Canada's Economic Action Plan, the ecoENERGY Retrofit - Homes Program is helping hundreds of thousands of homeowners make energy-efficiency improvements.  The most important program detail to note, is that before you start your energy upgrades you must first have a Certified Energy Advisor complete a pre-retrofit evaluation report (energy audit) on your home.  This report not only sets your home's efficiency base level, it also provides a full checklist of what areas you could improve on and what specific rebates are available for each retrofit.  The recommended retrofits and the post-retrofit evaluation must be submitted within 18 months of the pre-retrofit report and before the final March 31, 2011 deadline.  The maximum grant you can receive for a home is $5,000.  The ecoENERGY Retrofit Program will run until March 31, 2012.

The program’s deadline for completing upgrades on your home has not changed.  All materials purchased and qualifying upgrades must still be completed by March 31, 2012 (or before your post retrofit assessment – whichever comes first). NRCan has, however, extended the deadline for having your post retrofit assessment.  You now have until June 30, 2012.  If you would like to have your assessment completed after March 31st please let us know as soon as possible as availability may be limited.   If your work is already complete please call us now as we still have availability prior to March 31st.

We're making it easy and attractive for you to save energy. In addition to impressive financing options for energy-efficient home improvements, there are valuable grants and energy rebates also available to homeowners that can help offset the cost burden of making your home more energy efficient.

Get rebates for home energy improvements NEW: Registration Closed for ecoENERGY Program.  January 2012: The federal ecoENERGY Retrofit - Homes program has reached its goal of 250,000 registered homeowners and is now closed to new registrations. By ending registration at this time, the program is confident that all currently registered homeowners will have the opportunity to apply for and receive a grant for their eligible retrofit upgrades.  To help ensure that program participants have the opportunity to complete their required post-retrofit evaluation and apply for a grant, the deadline to obtain the post-retrofit evaluation is now June 30, 2012.  All upgrades must still be completed by March 31, 2012 to be eligible. Only upgrades purchased and installed between the program eligibility dates of June 6, 2011 to March 31, 2012, will be considered for a grant and must be validated with receipts dated between those dates. As per current program requirements, failure to substantiate the dates of the retrofits will result in grant ineligibility.

Environmentally friendly home renovations and upgrades are popular with Canadians.  27% of Canadians have done a green home renovation or are planning to do so in the future, another 29% of Canadians said they would like to carry out a green home renovation but don’t know where to start. Total Home Solutions makes it a little easier for home owners to find information about green home renovations and upgrades through this website.  Your energy advisor has the experience to guide you through the eco energy rebate process. 

In addition, government incentives, such as the federal government’s ecoENERGY program, which offers grants for residential energy saving improvements, encourage Canadians to make changes. 66% of Canadians are interested in participating in an energy saving program and 11% are already participating in an energy rebate program. Two-thirds of respondents say they are more likely to make energy efficient upgrades if they benefit from tax credits and 59% say they are likely to consider an environmental assessment prior to home renovations.

You can make a positive impact on your wallet by reducing your impact on the environment. From taking transit or driving a fuel efficient vehicle, to making energy-efficient upgrades to your home, many of your eco-friendly actions can save you money. Search by province and discover green incentive programs available in your area and take advantage of some savings!

The ecoENERGY rebate program is available to owners of single-family homes, including detached, semi-detached and low–rise, multi-unit residential buildings.  Property owners can qualify for federal grants by improving the energy efficiency of their homes and reducing their home’s impact on the environment. The maximum grant one can receive per home is $5,000. Retrofit was re-launched July 13, 2011 and is scheduled to end March 31, 2012.

Did you know?

Our Total Home retrofit recommendations save the typical homeowner $700 a year on a $2,000 annual heating bill. That is over 25% savings!

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