With the recent ecoENERGY Home Retrofit advertising blitz, many people are asking how they can take advantage of this lucrative grant program. We’ve put together a quick guide to help you understand the program and get up to $5,000 in free government money.
What It Is:
The ecoENERGY Home Retrofit grant program was started by the federal government in April 2007 to encourage Canadian homeowners to make their homes more energy efficient.
A grant is paid when you upgrade the energy-efficiency of any of the following:
- Heating system (furnace, boiler, or heat pump)
- Air conditioner
- Water heater
- Air sealant
How Much Grant Money You Can Get:
While you don’t have to upgrade every aspect of your home to qualify for an ecoENERGY grant, the more upgrades you make the more grant money you’ll receive. Here are the maximum grants you can get for making upgrades to your home:
|Upgrade heating system (furnace, boiler, or heat pump)||
$3,500 (average grant: $500)
|Upgrade air conditioner||
|Upgrade water heater||
$500 (average grant: $300)
|Install insulation – attic||
|Install insulation – exterior walls||
|Install insulation – basement||
|Install insulation – crawl space||
|Seal air leaks||
$30 per unit
$50 per unit
Additional Benefits of the ecoENERGY Home Retrofit Program:
The benefits to making energy-efficient improvements to your home don’t stop at the grant money – you’ll also save on your heating and water bills, and increase the market value of your home.
Natural Resources Canada estimates that home improvements made under the program will save the average homeowner 30% off their annual heating bill, which would amount to $700 on a $2,000 annual bill.
How Do I Get Started?
There are six simple steps to getting the ecoENERGY Home Retrofit grant. Follow those steps on our ecoENERGY Home Retrofit Program page.
For More Information
Go to the Frequently Asked Questions section of the ecoENERGY Home Retrofit Program website.