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:
- Are a customer of either Union Gas or Enbridge Gas
- Own a semi-detached, detached, row townhouse, or mobile home
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:
- 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.
- 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).
- Have a reputable and professional contractor perform all of your chosen renovations (such as our friends at GNI).
- Have the energy advisor conduct a post-renovation energy audit to check the performance of the new improvements, and submit all the necessary paperwork.
- 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 Amount ||Description|
|$150||For completing 3 energy upgrades of the sections listed below|
|$500||For completing 4 energy upgrades of the sections listed below|
|$750||For completing 5 energy upgrades of the sections listed below|
|$500 BONUS||For 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 Audits||Included 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.|
|$1,250||For adding at least R23 to 100% of basement walls.|
|$750||For R12 to 100% of basement walls|
|$1,000||For adding at least R23 to 100% of crawl space walls|
|$500||For adding R12 to 100% of crawl space walls|
|$1,000||For adding at least R32 to 100% of floor above crawl space floor|
|$500 BONUS||For 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.
|$650||For increasing attic insulation to at least R60 from R35 or less |
|$650||For 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
|$3,000||For adding at least R20 to 100% of the building |
|$1,750||For adding at least R9 to 100% of building to achieve a minimum of R12|
|$1,000||For 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.
|$150||For achieving 10% or more above base air sealing target|
|$100||For achieving base air sealing target|
Air sealing a home seals off and eliminates drafty conditions around doors, windows, ceiling fixtures, and other areas within the home. Whether or not a home has achieved the base air sealing target is decided by comparing the ACH (air changes per hour) between the pre- and post-work energy audits.
Furnace & Boiler Rebates
|$1,000||For replacing a less than 90% AFUE natural gas boiler with a 90% or higher condensing natural gas boiler|
|$250||For 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.
|$400||For 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.
|$40||For 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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