As part of the Government of Canada's Economic Action Plan, the ecoENERGY Retrofit-Homes Program has been expanded as of March 30, 2009 from it's original plan, which according to Wanda Kirkby of Modern Heating, makes now the best time to retrofit you home heating and air conditioning equipment. Effective immediately for a limited time, grants under the ecoENERGY Program will increase by 25%. The increased incentive under the government's eco-Energy program will only be in effect for at most two years. Combined with the above, an official with Ontario's Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy advises that the provincial government "will match" the new federal rebates.
This will allow as many as 200,000 more homeowners to participate in the program over the next two years. Grants apply to a range of measures that reduce energy consumption and provide for a cleaner environment, from replacing a furnace and central air conditioner, increasing insulation in the home, or upgrading windows and doors, basically replacing any product that is considered a permanent fixture in the home.
In addition to the eco-Energy program rebates, says Kirkby, homeowners who retrofit their homes to make them more energy efficient could also qualify for the Government of Canada's new Home Renovation Tax Credit, worth up to $1,350.00.
To qualify for the ecoEnergy grants, homeowners must first have a preretrofit evaluation done by a certified evaluator and a post-evaluation done following the renovations. Energy advisors that are certified by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) conduct a detailed on-site evaluation of your home's energy use from the attic down to the foundation. They then provide you with a personalized report including a checklist of recommended retrofits. The report also shows the grant amounts for each eligible upgrade that you can receive by carrying out these energy-saving improvements.
You must complete your retrofits and have your post-evaluation done by March 31, 2011 or within 18 months from the date of the preretrofit evaluation report, whichever comes first), in order to qualify. Funds are currently available for a limited time and are subject to availability. Homeowners are encouraged to apply early and to feel free to contact Wanda Kirkby at Modern Heating (519) 753-3458 for advice on scheduling your energy evaluation.