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How To Save Money With the Greener Homes Grant

If you are looking to renovate your home, the Canada Greener Homes Grant can help you during the process. The program allows homeowners to carry out home renovations to reduce carbon emissions and improve energy efficiency.

However, there are a few hurdles to clear before you can benefit from the rebate program. Hence, the team at ServicePlus would like you to know exactly what this initiative is about.

What Is The Greener Homes Grant?

The Greener Homes Grant is part of an initiative to help Canada achieve its climate change commitments in 2030 and improve Canada’s chances of reaching net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. It provides financial remunerations for homeowners to evaluate and retrofit houses so they can better suit renewable energy. The Greener Homes Grant provides qualified applicants with:

  • Rebates to recoup retrofit costs from $125 to $5000
  • Contributions of $600 towards the expense of your EnerGuide evaluations before and after the retrofit.
  • Interest-free loans with a 10-year repayment term of $40000 to facilitate the required retrofits.

 

Eligibility Requirements of The Greener Homes Grant

The Greener Homes Grant is available to all homes in Canada. However, only one homeowner per home can apply for the grant. To apply you must provide:

  • A property tax bill number to show ownership of the house. If that is unavailable (for rural areas, Newfoundland and Labrador, and First Nations on-reserve), then documents with other identifying information will be required.
  • Proof that the house is your primary place of residence (a government-issued ID with a matching address works best)

Other groups that can apply for the initiative include:

  • Governments or organizations of indigenous origin (band councils, land claim groups, etc).
  • Indigenous housing management bodies or service delivery organizations with agreements with indigenous governments or organizations.

These groups can apply for multiple homes, even those that are not the primary place of residence of the owner. However, the applicant must own the home and the home must be occupied by an indigenous household.Greener Homes Grant home

Not all homes are eligible for the Canada Greener Homes Grant. The types of houses that can benefit from the Greener Homes program include:

  • Townhomes
  • Row housing
  • Single and semi-detached houses
  • Floating homes with permanent mooring
  • Mobile homes on a permanent foundation
  • The residential areas of mixed-use developments
  • Low-rise multi-unit residential buildings with no more than 3 storeys and a footprint of 600 m2 or less.

Newly built homes cannot qualify for the grant until they are at least six months old.

 

Application Process

After you are assured of your eligibility, you can apply for the Greener Homes Grant.

  1. Visit the website for Enbridge Gas to apply for and schedule a preliminary inspection of your home. This will be performed by a Registered Energy Advisor.
  2. After the inspection, you will receive a list of home renovations that grants will cover. 
  3. Carry out the requested retrofits and renovations.
  4. Schedule another inspection to ensure your work qualifies for the Greener Homes rebate
  5. Receive your Canada Greener Homes Grant

 

Retrofits That Fall Under the Greener Homes Grant

There are many greener home renovations that grants will not cover. Water heaters that are not heat pumps, air conditioners, skylights, roofs, and the like will not contribute to the Greener Homes initiative. The retrofits that do are as follows:Greener Homes Grant thermostat

  • Home insulation
  • Air-sealing
  • Window and door replacements
  • Thermostat upgrades
  • Heating for space and water (must be energy efficient)
  • Renewable energy sources (like solar power)
  • Environmental protection

 

How The Greener Homes Grant Saves You Money

Taking advantage of the rebates provided to perform home renovations can help you in several ways.

  1. The grant can help you reduce the cost of expensive upgrades. You can use the Greener Homes rebate to recoup up to two-thirds of your costs and perform multiple upgrades simultaneously.
  2. Improved energy efficiency will reduce the drain of recurring bills in your home. If you can upgrade or correct the factors that significantly impact your energy efficiency costs, you will save money on both ends of the renovation.
  3. There are additional rebates that also work in conjunction with the Greener Homes Grant to save you even more money. The HER+ program rebate is a great example of this.

 

ServicePlus Heating and Cooling – Full-Service HVAC

If you are looking to improve your home and reduce your energy bills, the Greener Homes Grant is a great way to facilitate the process. The financial advantages it provides allow you to engage in high-quality renovation services without breaking the bank.

Please contact us if you need any help with your green home renovation. ServicePlus Heating and Cooling is a full-service HVAC company that serves Ottawa, Orleans, Kemptville, and other locations. We offer many services that will help benefit from the Canada Greener Homes Grant like heat pump installations. With our help, you can have a comfortable and energy-efficient home at a fraction of the cost.

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