Ontario Energy Rebates 2020

Published on December 18, 2019

Ontario energy rebates 2020

As we see climate change becoming more of a concern, more and more homeowners are opting to make changes in their lives to help the environment. Since there are a number of home improvements you can make to increase your home’s energy efficiency and cut greenhouse gas emissions, it would be helpful if there were government rebates to help cut costs.

Are there any Ontario Energy Rebates in 2019?

Despite popular belief, there are rebate programs available to Ontarians right now! Some of the programs available are income based, while others are determined based on heating source (i.e. natural gas, electric, etc.). Whatever the case, we’re sure there is a rebate program available for you!

Be sure to contact Barrier Sciences Group before you begin any renovations to see if you can qualify for any of the rebate programs! BSG offers a free over-the-phone consultation to determine eligibility for rebates.

Ontario Energy Rebate Programs

There are a number of different programs available that all offer homeowners Ontario energy rebates in 2019! We’ve broken down each of the programs below:

Home Efficiency Rebate

The Home Efficiency Rebate is a program run by Enbridge Gas Inc. and offers up to $5,000 for energy efficient upgrades! This rebate program is a great way to increase your home’s energy efficiency, while saving some money on upgrades. By completing energy efficient upgrades to your home, you will likely find a reduction in your annual energy consumption and bills, as well as a more comfortable living environment in your home.

The first qualification step for the Home Efficiency Rebate is an energy audit. You must have an energy audit completed on your home before any renovations have begun. If you have started renovations, contact BSG to see if you can still apply for the program. After your first energy audit, you’ll be provided with an EnerGuide label and rating, as well as a complete list of recommended upgrades for your home! The list of upgrades will indicate the amount of energy used before and after the upgrades are complete, so you can make informed renovation decisions. After the audit, you can then begin your renovations.

The energy efficient upgrades that qualify for these Ontario energy rebates are:

    Attic Insulation

    Basement Insulation

    Exterior Wall Insulation

    Furnace / Boiler

    Water Heater

    Windows & Skylights


    Air Sealing

The difference between the Home Efficiency Rebate and many of the other rebate programs is that eligibility is not based on income. This program is available to all homes that are heated by a natural gas furnace or boiler that is serviced by Enbridge Gas*. Further, you are allowed to choose any reputable contractor to complete the renovations. The only requirement is that you must save your renovation receipts for submission at the final energy audit.

BSG offers a free over-the-phone consultation to determine eligibility for the Home Efficiency Rebate. So if you aren’t sure whether you qualify, contact BSG today! You can call the office at 1-866-333-3920, speak to our office staff on the live chat, or fill out a contact form on the website!

*Note: Union Gas amalgamated with Enbridge Gas to form one company, now known as Enbridge Gas. Most of Ontario, with the exception of a few small areas are serviced by Enbridge. Be sure to check your natural gas bill for further clarification!


The Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation offers a refund of up to 25% off your premium for energy efficient renovations. The CMHC Green Home program is available to those who buy, build, or renovate for energy efficiency. You also must finance your home through CMHC in order to participate in this program.

As with most government programs, you must have an energy audit completed on your home by a Registered Energy Advisor in order to qualify. The energy audits must be completed both before any renovations have begun, as well as after all of the renovations have been completed. You’ll receive 2 EnerGuide ratings (one before the renovations, and another after), so you can see how much your home has improved from the renovations. The CMHC Green Home program refund is determined by the level of energy efficiency achieved.

Energy Savings Rebate Program

The Energy Savings Rebate program offers up to 25% (up to $500) off energy efficient products through participating retailers throughout Ontario. You can see a full list of participating retailers here. This rebate is available for energy efficient items like dishwashers, washers, dryers, dehumidifiers, ceiling fans, smart thermostats, air conditioners, and more!

Home Assistance Program (HAP)

The Save on Energy Home Assistance Program offers free energy efficient upgrades to your home, and is available to income-eligible homeowners or tenants. Energy efficient upgrades included in this program are light bulbs, showerheads, refrigerators, air conditioners, insulation, and more!

AffordAbility Fund

The AffordAbility Fund was created to help those who have a difficult time affording their electricity bill, and don’t qualify for other financial assistance programs. The AffordAbility fund provides free energy efficient upgrades that help reduce electricity consumption. These energy efficient upgrades include items like Energy Star appliances, insulation, and light bulbs.


Whether you’re trying to determine if you’re eligible for any Ontario energy rebates, or you’d like to schedule your energy audit, contact BSG today! BSG office staff offers a free over-the-phone consultation to determine eligibility for many of the current rebate programs. You can simply call the BSG office at 1-866-333-3920, or fill out a form on the BSG website.

The Canada Greener Homes Grant offers home efficiency renovation grants up to $5,000.

Homeowners Canada-wide are eligible for the Canada Greener Homes Grant, announced on May 27, 2021. This new incentive offers up to $5,000 in grants for home efficiency retrofit renovations, plus a $600 reimbursement for pre- and post-work EnerGuide evaluations. Eligible retrofit scopes include home insulation, heating, doors, windows, photovoltaic solar panels, resiliency measures, and thermostats.

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