The Home Efficiency Rebate Initiative

Homeowners across Ontario are eligible for up to $5,000 of home reno rebates through the Home Efficiency Rebate initiative. Both Enbridge Gas and Union Gas customers are able to claim these rebates, making it more affordable for homeowners to improve their home’s energy efficiency. Rebates are available for customers who improve their home’s: airtightness, insulation, furnace, boiler, doors, windows, and/or skylights.

Is the Home Efficiency Rebate Open?

Yes! Following a brief closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Home Efficiency Rebate was re-opened on June 15, 2020. In addition, all in-home energy audits are able to carried out to qualify Ontario homeowners for the rebate program. Barrier Sciences Group is committed to the safety of our customers, and abides by all Ontario Public Health and Enbridge Gas guidelines. For full information on the Barrier Sciences Group response to the COVID-19 pandemic, click here.

What's new in September 2020 for the Home Efficiency Rebate?

In an update that proves to be very valuable to homeowners, the Home Efficiency Rebate had a number of insulation rebate amounts increased as part of an overall program update on September 21, 2020. These updates provide higher dollar value rebate amounts for a number of home retrofit upgrades, including a new $500 bonus rebate amount for upgrading 100% of a building's exterior foundation wall insulation. This $500 bonus is gained by upgrading basement wall insulation, crawlspace insulation, or a combination of the two.

The newly-updated rebate amounts as of the September 21, 2020 update to the Home Efficiency Rebate are below. For more information on the program's update, or to find out how you can qualify, please give us a call at 1-866-333-3920!

How Do I Know if I am Eligible for Rebates?

In order to become eligible and receive a rebate from the Home Efficiency Rebate initiative, you are required to:
 

 

What does the Rebate Qualification Process Look Like?

Two seperate energy audits are needed to qualify a homeowner for Home Efficiency Rebates. One before any renovations have begun and one right after all of the renovations are completed. The common way for a homeowner to receive a rebate is as such:

  1. Get in touch with an approved Service Organization (such as Barrier Sciences Group) that has registered energy advisors can conduct both a pre-renovation energy audit and a post-renovation energy audit.
  2. Use the information provided in the energy audit to pick a minimum of two applicable home improvements (the information provided from the energy audit and energy advisor will aid you in choosing the most cost-effective option).
  3. Have a reputable and professional contractor perform all of your chosen renovations (such as our friends at GNI).
  4. Have the energy advisor conduct a post-renovation energy audit to check the performance of the new improvements, and submit all the necessary paperwork.
  5. After about 60 days, check the mail for your rebate cheque.

How Do I Know Which Home Improvements are the Best?

Choosing the right home renovations can be tough. But with the pre-renovation energy audit that is part of the Home Efficiency Rebate qualification process, it is actually quite easy. With an energy audit (aka an energy assessment), homeowners receive an in-depth look at how their home is performing, along with a list of suggestions for how it is able to be most cost-effectively improved.

The energy advisor who conducts your assessment will clearly lay out all of your home’s renovation options, including the expected utility bill and energy savings that are specific to each of your home’s possible improvements. They will also rank all of your home’s renovation options in terms of their cost-effectiveness, allowing you to target the areas of your home that can be most significantly improved for the lowest upfront cost.

Contact us today through our free phone consultation service and schedule a time for your pre-renovation energy audit; or talk with one of our registered energy advisors about your home renovation and rebate options.

 

What Home Improvements are Qualified for a Home Efficiency Rebate?

Through the Home Efficiency Rebate initiative, homeowners receive rebates for making eligible improvements to their home’s level of energy efficiency. This includes making, insulation and airtightness improvements, window, skylight, and door improvements, and boiler/furnace upgrades. Additionally, bonus rebates are available to homeowners who do three or more eligible upgrades.

Available Home Improvement Rebate Amounts

Bonus Rebates

Bonus Amount Description
$150For completing 3 energy upgrades of the sections listed below
$500For completing 4 energy upgrades of the sections listed below
$750For completing 5 energy upgrades of the sections listed below
$500 BONUSFor basement and/or crawl space wall insulation if 100% coverage is achieved. A minimum of 5% of total foundation exterior must be insulated in order to qualify. Bonus is in addition to the rebate amounts listed for Basement insulation.
$550 Energy AuditsIncluded in the total rebate amount is a $550 rebate for the pre- and post-work energy audits required to be eligible for the Home Efficiency Rebate.

 

Basement Insulation

Rebate AmountDescription
$1,250For adding at least R23 to 100% of basement walls.
$750For R12 to 100% of basement walls
$1,000For adding at least R23 to 100% of crawl space walls
$500For adding R12 to 100% of crawl space walls
$1,000For adding at least R32 to 100% of floor above crawl space floor
$500 BONUSFor basement and/or crawl space insulation if 100% coverage is achieved. A minimum of 5% of total foundation exterior must be insulated to qualify. Bonus is in addition to the above rebate amounts for basement insulation.

Rebates are prorated based on the basement or crawlspace area improved, with a minimum 20% of total basement crawlspace or wall area required to be upgraded in order to qualify. The 20% minimum area drops to 5% if the retrofit upgrades result in 100% total coverage of basement or crawlspace walls/floor above crawl space. When both a basement and a crawl space are present, all applicable grants are prorated to a maximum of $1,000 based on the total wall area.

The $500 bonus rebate amount for foundation exterior walls includes pony wall, basement walls, and crawlspace exterior walls, but not floor above the crawlspace. 

As an example, upgrading 20% of the total basement wall area by adding an R23 will result in eligibility for a rebate of $250, or 20% of the maximum $1,250 rebate amount. Upgrading the entirety of the total basement wall area by adding an R23 will result in eligibility for a basement wall rebate of $1,250 and the bonus $500 rebate for achieving 100% coverage, for a final rebate eligibility total of $1,750.

 

Attic Insulation

 
Rebate AmountDescription
$650For increasing attic insulation to at least R60 from R35 or less                                
$650For increasing cathedral/flat roof insulation by at least R14

Rebates are prorated based on the total ceiling area improved, with a minimum 20% of total ceiling area required to be upgraded in order to qualify. The rebate for any combination of attic, cathedral ceiling, and flat roof cannot exceed $650.

As an example, upgrading 20% of the total ceiling area from R35 or less to R60 will result in eligibility for a rebate of $130, or 20% of the maximum $650 rebate amount. Upgrading the entirety of the ceiling area from R35 or less to R60 will result in eligibility for the maximum rebate amount of $650.

 

Exterior Wall Insulation

Rebate AmountDescription
$3,000For adding at least R20 to 100% of the building                                                                                      
$1,750For adding at least R9 to 100% of building to achieve a minimum of R12
$1,000For adding at least R3.8 to 100% of building to achieve a minimum of R12

Rebates are prorated based on the total exterior wall area being upgraded, with a minimum 20% of total exterior wall area required to be upgraded in order to qualify. For semi-detached homes, rebates are 75% of the amount shown, or 50% of the amount shown for interior row houses.

As an example, upgrading 20% of the total exterior wall insulation by adding at least R20 will result in eligibility for a rebate of $600, or 20% of the maximum $3,000 rebate amount. Upgrading the entirety of the exterior wall insulation by adding at least R20 will result in eligibility for the maximum rebate amount of $3,000.

 

Furnace & Boiler Rebates

Rebate AmountDescription
$1,000For replacing a less than 90% AFUE natural gas boiler with a 90% or higher condensing natural gas boiler
$250For replacing a less than 96% AFUE natural gas furnace with a 96% or higher condensing natural gas furnace

In order to qualify for a furnace rebate, at least two other eligible retrofit upgrades must be finished to qualify. 

 

Water Heater

Rebate AmountDescription
$400For replacing your water heater with 0.8 EF (tank) or 0.9EF (tankless) ENERGY STAR qualified natural gas water heater

There is a maximum one water heater rebate per home. Switching to/from an electric water heater does not qualify for the rebate. Replacing a heating system and water heater with a combo system counts as one measure and qualifies for the water heater rebate only. Replacing an existing combo system with a furnace/boiler and water heater counts as one measure and qualifies for water heater rebate only.

 

Windows/Doors/Skylights

Rebate AmountDescription
$40For each window, door, or skylight replaced with an ENERGY STAR qualified model

The $40 rebate is per rough opening. Bay windows are considered one rough opening.

 

The Home Efficiency Rebate Initiative Replaces Both the Union Gas and Enbridge Gas Rebate Programs

With the recent purchasing of Union Gas by Enbridge Gas, the two seperate rebate programs from each company have been merged into one, creating Home Efficiency Rebates. This change was necessary in order to streamline the rebate process, and it allows more homeowners to save money on their home renovations. With the combination of these two rebate programs, customers of Enbridge Gas are no longer required to achieve a minimum of 10% savings in natural gas use on every project in order to qualify for these rebates.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How do I apply?
    To qualify for Home Efficiency Rebates, contact an approved Service Organization (such as BSG) and setup a time for a pre-renovation energy audit. The energy advisor who conducts your pre-renovation energy audit will help you with the application process from there. To get started, contact us by email at info@barriersciences.com, or take advantage of our free phone consultation service.
  2. Why do I need an energy audit before AND after I renovate?
    An energy audit examines the entire energy performance of a home. Since the Home Efficiency Rebate initiative is focused on helping homeowners improve their home’s energy efficiency, a comparison of the results from the pre and post-renovation energy audit indicate how effective the renovations were at reducing the home’s energy consumption. A pre-renovation energy audit also allows homeowners to target the most effective, affordable, and rebate-eligible home improvements, and a post-renovation energy audit lays the groundwork for future home improvements to be made easier.
  3. Can I receive an HVAC rebate?
    Eligible homeowners can receive up to a $1,000 rebate for upgrading their home’s furnace or boiler by a specified amount. See the “Furnace and Boiler Rebates” section above for more information. Please note: a furnace upgrade does not count towards the mandatory two upgrades for rebate eligibility, and a minimum of two other upgrades must also be carried out.
  4. Can I get a rebate for improving my home’s airtightness?
    The Home Efficiency Rebate iniative offers $150 to homeowners who improve their home’s airtightness by at least 10% over their base target amount. A $100 rebate is also available for homeowners who reach their base target amount of airtightness improvement.
  5. Is it worthwhile to improve my home’s energy efficiency?
    By improving the energy efficiency of your home, you not only lower your utility bills and overall operational costs, but you also improve your home’s level of comfort, interior air quality, and market value. Also, you are reducing your family’s risk of adverse health effects that stem from sick building syndrome. With the rebates from the Home Efficiency Rebate initiative, your energy efficiency improvements will also pay themselves off through utility savings even sooner.

The New Home Efficiency Rebate offers rebates up to $5,000.

There’s great news for homeowners who are planning to do residential renovations or upgrades! The new Home Efficiency Rebate offers up to $5,000 back for home energy upgrades. By doing renovations or upgrades that will improve a home’s energy efficiency, homeowners may be eligible for substantial rebates of up to $5,000 from Enbridge and Union Gas. Simply put, there are long-term payoffs with an energy efficient home.

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