It has been a few years now that the Conservative Government pulled the plug on the ecoENERGY grant program and it doesn’t look like it’s coming back anytime soon.
Fortunately there is a new rebate program spearheaded by Enbridge which offers some very lucrative rebates to home owners who upgrade their furnace, or water heater to a tankless… Grants of either $1600 or $2000 to be exact!
How can you get a $2000 Rebate?
There are a few stipulations that need to be met to be eligible and we discuss them below. First the grants and rebates are only available to homeowners in certain areas of Toronto, York Region, and Ontario. Enbridge is trying to target areas where homes are the least efficient. So you will have to ensure you live in one of the areas that have rebates offered. You can call us (647) 925-1930 to confirm if your home resides in one of the areas or reference the list below.
Entire Towns and Townships
- King Township
- East Gwillimbury
- Richmond Hill
- Whitchchurch Stouffville
- Toronto Beaches area – M4E, M4L, M4M, M4J, M1N, M4C
- Black Creek area – M3N
- Courtney Court – L6W
- Burnhamthorpe – L4W, L4X
- Ward 30 – M4K, M4J, M4M, M5A
- Ward 13 – M6P, M6S
- Scarbourough area – M1M, M1E, M1C, M1L, M4B, M1K
- Ottawa area – K2R, K4B
- St. Catherines – L2W, L2N
- Grimsby – L3M
- Niagara Falls – L2H
- Welland – L2T
Are you eligible for the $1600 or $2000 rebate?
Call us to see if you qualify (647) 925-1930
Additional Rebate Requirements
To receive a $1600 rebate a home owner must achieve a 25% reduction or greater in natural gas consumption. This will be verified by a pre and post energy audit. Reductions of 50% or greater will receive the $2000 rebate.
The last requirement is that a minimum of two upgrades must be made from the list below:
- Attic insulation increase to R50 minimum
- Basement wall insulation upgrade to R12 minimum
- Wall insulation upgrade by R5 minimum
- Air sealing (may not be used as second upgrade of only two)
- Install new high efficiency home heating system (furnace, boiler, combi-boiler)
- Install a new Tankless water heater
- Drain water heat recovery (may not be used as second upgrade of only two)
- Replacement of old windows
Your best Choices for the $2000 Grant
This will be different for every home, but we have a few tips.
If you have very low insulation in your attic than this will definitely be something you should address. Properly insulating your attic could save you around 20% on your heating bill.
Do you have a mid efficiency furnace still? Upgrading that to a new high efficiency system will net you some serious savings.
Going from a tank type water heater to a tankless will reduce your natural gas consumption by roughly 25% or more.
If you are in a situation where you can do two of the above suggested upgrades you have a great chance to meet that 50% reduction for the $2000 grant.