Good news Canadian homeowners! The Canadian government has extended its ecoEnergy Retrofit Homes program, an initiative that helps Canadians save on home improvements and energy costs while simultaneously improving the environment, from June 6, 2011 until March 31, 2012.
For those of you in the know, a couple of things have changed from the last time this initiative was introduced:
1- Register: Homeowners are required to register directly with Natural Resources Canada online at NRCan.gc.ca or by calling 1-800-O-Canada (1-800-622-6232) before booking a pre-retrofit evaluation.
2- Pre-retrofit evaluation: A local service organization that has been licensed by NRCan must perform a pre-retrofit evaluation from the top to the bottom of your home. However, if a home was already evaluated after April 2007, this step is not necessary.
3- Retrofit with receipts: Keep all your receipts for three years.
4- Post-retrofit evaluation: Homeowners also need to show their receipts to an energy advisor at a post-retrofit evaluation to confirm they are eligible for the grant.
The more upgrades a homeowner makes, the more they can save. We’re talking upwards of $5,000.
Energy efficient upgrades include:
- – Heating and cooling systems
- – Water conservation efforts
- – Replacement windows and doors
- – Hot water heating
- – Improved levels of insulation
- – Air sealing
Ottawa expects the ecoEnergy Retrofit Homes program will help about 250,000 Canadian homeowners improve their homes’ energy efficiency and generate as much as $4 billion in economic activity across Canada.
Make your household greener today
Considering that 27% of carbon dioxide emissions come from residential use, the ecoEnergy Retrofit Homes program is definitely a step in the right direction.