Canada Greener Homes has a grant offer for Canadians who have planned about having an energy-saving home upgrade. It is a great opportunity for homeowners in Canada to install solar panels, upgrade heaters, and also replace doors and windows at a more affordable price.
This interest-free rebate program aims at reducing the carbon footprint of private homes and buildings, as they are one of the largest sources of Carbon emission in Canada. The loan program also gives Canada Greener Homes access to more homeowners due for a deep home retrofit.
What You Claim: Step-by-Step Explanation
- Pre- & Post Energy Evaluation
Homeowners get up to a $600 reimbursement fee on the cost of pre- & post energy evaluation and $5,000 for eligible upgrades. Reimbursement is only possible when both evaluations have been successfully carried out. If you want to be reimbursed, you’d have to complete at least one eligible retrofit recommended by your energy advisor, as stated in their report. The cost of the pre-retrofit evaluation will only be reimbursed when you proceed with the Canada Greener Homes Grant process.
For homeowners who completed the evaluation before the 1st of December 2020, but only got to make the recommended and eligible retrofits after the 1st of December 2020, reimbursements are only made for the cost of eligible retrofits and post-retrofit evaluation.
- Eligible replacements
Homeowners can now upgrade the energy efficiency of their homes by replacing their entire window and frame with new high-performance ENERGY STAR® certified windows or inserts. These replacements are perfect for energy conservation, contribute to the fight against climate change, and boost the level of comfort experienced at home.
Criteria for Eligible Reimbursement:
- Only equipment purchased in Canada are eligible
- All online purchases must be made from a Canadian distributor
- Windows and doors with the ENERGY STAR labels after the post-retrofit evaluation are also eligible
N.B.: Partial replacements are not eligible. Replacements of the sash, glass, or door without including the frame are unacceptable.
- Payment of Windows and Doors Replacement
You can get a total maximum amount of $250 per rough opening, depending on the Energy rating and U-factor. The cost of windows and doors replacement is also covered, with up to a cap of $5,000. All replacement doors and windows must be ENERGY STAR certified with a temporary label as proof that the model is up to the ENERGY STAR standards.
- The Multi-Step Process
In just seven quick and easy steps, homeowners can access this grant and get energy-efficient retrofits in their homes. Registration is done online or over the phone. Here’s all you need to know about getting this loan;
Step 1: Online registration
You will be asked to provide the following details if you want to get registered for this rebate program
- Phone number
- Type of house
- Proof of ownership with their property tax bill number through municipal property documents
- Proof of residence through either driver’s license or utility bill
Step 2: Booking pre-retrofit house energy evaluation
After registration, your postal code will be used to locate service organizations around you, where a certified advisor will be contacted and booked for the pre-retrofit evaluation. The expert makes recommendations for suitable retrofits upgrade and will qualify you for reimbursement. Rating, ENERGY STAR labels, and reports are also made by the certified advisor after evaluation.
Step 3: Hiring a contractor to complete the job
Your contractor understands the building codes and bylaws. Their responsibility is to comply with these codes and laws. Ensure that the contractor has the license to install equipment and get the necessary permits before hiring.
Step 4: Booking of post-retrofit Energuide evaluation
Results for the energy saved and the reduction of greenhouse gas emission influenced by the installation of the retrofits are provided after the post-retrofit evaluation. The reimbursement amount you qualify for is also recommended here.
Step 5: Receiving reports for final inspection
Homeowners will log in to receive the reports of all retrofits. The results are then cross-checked and evaluated once more by a certified advisor.
Your reports explicitly explain the impact that the recommended retrofit has on your home. To continue on your retrofit journey, you’ll receive the following;
- An EnerGuide rating and label
- A Homeowner Information Sheet
- A Renovation Upgrade Report
Step 6: Uploading all documents online
For adequate reimbursement, energy auditors will upload pre- & post-retrofit pictures as proof of completion, while homeowners will submit;
- Pre-& post-retrofit EnerGuide evaluation receipts
- All invoices and receipts of purchased products and cost of installation
- An attestation form may also be needed, depending on the recommended retrofit. The form serves as a confirmation that;
- All electrical and mechanical system installation were carried out by a licensed professional
- All geothermal installations meet CSA standards
- The heat pump is the right size for your home
Step 7: Retrieving reimbursement information
Finally, the program officers do a review of all uploaded documents and the recommended grant amount. Once the review is complete, you will do a confirmatory check on the portal and then proceed to receiving your reimbursement.
If, for any reason, you feel your reimbursement has been undervalued, you must tender a reasonable claim so your files can be re-evaluated.
- Reimbursement Qualification
Every homeowner with a pre-retrofit energy audit qualifies for reimbursement, as long as all work was done after the 1st of December 2020.
- Retaining receipts
Homeowners would have to keep all receipts and invoices up until the 31st of March 2028. These grants are non-taxable and should not be tendered as a source of income.
- Maintain stickers
All ENERGY STAR stickers should be maintained up until the post-retrofit evaluation, as this is one of the main criteria that qualifies you for reimbursement.
If you have further questions or wish to qualify for this rebate program, do not hesitate to contact us. We can help you achieve that energy-saving home upgrade you crave.