Saskatoon homeowners are welcome to participate in The Home Energy Loan Program (HELP) to fund their energy improvement projects. A HELP loan provides homeowners with a low-interest opportunity to cover the upfront costs to renovate their houses with energy-efficient units.
Why should you get the loan?
A HELP loan is provided to the property, not the individual. What does it mean? In simple words, if you move out before the loan is paid off, the new property owner is welcome to make the loan payments to receive the benefits from the renovations.
Moreover, investing in your home’s energy efficiency saves money in the long term by cutting down on your utility bills. Embracing these changes to your home also helps to slow down climate change by reducing household greenhouse gas emissions.
How to check the eligibility?
The program is very friendly o towards homeowners. If you own a single-family residential home, including detached homes, semi-detached homes, and row housing, within Saskatoon City, you are eligible for HELP. But keep in mind the following aspects. Your home must:
- NOT have any outstanding taxes
- Be located within the city of Saskatoon
- Be a single-family residential home
Moreover, your home must be an existing home. In other words, new homes under construction are not eligible for HELP.
You, as the applicant, must:
- Be an individual
- Be the owner of the home where you want to make upgrades
- Have all your utility bills, taxes, and any other municipal charges paid.
What are the terms?
The minimum loan is $1,000, while the maximum amount for the HELP is $40,000. If Saskatoon homeowners can prove that their project will reduce home energy consumption by 50% or more, the maximum loan amount is $60,000.
To participate in the HELP, a $500 administration fee is charged. The repayment terms include the following options:
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Window & exterior door replacements are among the renovations you can apply for, but keep in mind that all the products must comply with ENERGY STAR standards.
How to apply for HELP?
In order to apply for the program, make sure your project and home are eligible for HELP and meet all the requested criteria. If so, you are welcome to go to this page and initiate the application process that boils down to the following steps:
- Initial application;
- Energy audit, funding request, and contract signing;
- Installment request;
- Project completion;
- Loan repayment.
Ecoline Windows experts are happy to help you apply for the program and explain everything in detail, so do not hesitate to get in touch if you need any support or want to participate in HELP.