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April 24, 2022

How the Canada Greener Homes Grant Works

– Going Green is Easier than you Think!

Canadians have upped their game when it comes to taking better care of the planet we live on. From reusable shopping bags to more energy-efficient appliances, every little bit adds up.

One thing that has thwarted the best efforts of sustainability-conscious Canadians is heating and cooling. While we can use an extra blanket, turn down the heat a few degrees at night, and be more conscious about our air conditioning use, it can be challenging to have much impact on our energy use at home.

While HVAC appliances have displayed Energy Star ratings for some time now, giant leaps have recently been made in greening up heating and cooling systems.

Heating  & cooling system manufacturers are now offering some great equipment that takes fossil fuels out of the equation. Now you can heat & cool your home without relying on expensive propane or natural gas.

Reliable Home Environment offers a number of these products. You’ll not only reduce your carbon footprint, the energy you save with these efficient HVAC appliances will reflect on your utility bills month after month.

The Canada Greener Homes Grant

To help make it easier to make the leap to greener home heating systems, the Government of Canada is offering up to $5,600 in rebates. Called the Canada Greener Homes Grant, it covers the cost of an EnerGuide home energy evaluation and energy-efficient upgrades.  

How the Canada Greener Homes Grant Works

Step 1. Register for the Canada Greener Homes Grant at the government’s Greener Homes portal. You’ll need the following to register:

  • Name
  • Phone number
  • Email
  • Type of house
  • Address of your primary residence
  • Proof of ownership with your property tax bill number (this number can be found on your municipal property documents)
  • Proof of residence through either a driver’s licence or government-issued ID (with address)

Step 2. Schedule your pre-retrofit EnerGuide evaluation

The grant requires that your home undergo two EnerGuide evaluations; one pre-retrofits and one afterwards. The idea is to measure the impact of your new HVAC appliances. Once your “pre” evaluation has been completed, you will receive:

  • an EnerGuide home rating and a label
  • a Homeowner Information Sheet which describes the assessed building components and equipment and how the home’s energy is used, and
  • a Renovation Upgrade Report with recommendations for improving your home’s energy performance

You’ll also be able to access your report(s) online.

Step 3. Once you receive your reports, you can now plan your retrofits. Give us a call, and we can tell you more about qualifying HVAC appliances and recommend the best heating & cooling system for your home.

Step 4. After your new equipment has been installed, you’ll need to schedule a post-retrofit EnerGuide evaluation. This evaluation is compared to the one completed before your changes to measure the environmental impact. It will show how much greenhouse gas emissions have been reduced, how much money you’re saving on utility costs, and how much you’ll receive for your grant. Your grant will include approximately $600 towards the cost of your evaluations and up to $5000 towards your new equipment.

Step 5. You’ll receive an email confirming the total of your grant. Once you confirm, you’ll then receive a cheque by mail.

Up to 700,000 grants are available to eligible homeowners in Canada.

If you have any questions about the Greener Homes Grant Initiative or how our greener HVAC units can reduce your carbon emissions AND your utility bills, contact Reliable Home Environment in Ottawa to learn more.

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