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.
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 are the "Limited Time Offer" Packages?
For a limited time, the Home Efficiency Rebate currently offers two packages with bonus rebate amounts to those who have their pre-work energy audit completed before August 31, 2020 and their post-work energy audit completed within 120 days of the pre-work audit.
These two Limited Time Offer packages contain various popular scopes of work, and award bonus rebate amounts. There are no additional requirements to qualify for these promotional packages. Just by completing the scopes of work outlined in each package, alongside the pre- and post-work energy audits within the date period above, you will receive the bonus rebate amounts (provided you already meet the qualifying requirements for the Home Efficiency Rebate).
If you have any questions or comments about the Limited Time Offer packages for the Home Efficiency Rebate, please do contact us or call us at 1-866-333-3920!
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.
Insulation and Airtightness Rebates
Water Heater Rebates
Furnace and Boiler Rebates
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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