Great news! You can receive $1,600 or more in incentives for completing energy upgrades to your home. If you are resident of Lanark, Leeds and Grenville or parts of Frontenac Counties you will likely qualify for this program. The best part about this incentive program is that it is open to homes heated with natural gas as well as propane, oil, wood and electricity. If you live in an electrically heated home you could receive up to $4,000 in additional incentives.
The program is delivered by Enbridge Gas Distribution in partnership with the Government of Ontario, Save ON Energy and Green Communities Canada (GCC). And REAL is an approved Service Organization of the GCC.
In order to benefit from this program you must have an energy audit completed by a Registered Energy Advisor (REA), complete at least two energy upgrades, and save 15% or more of your energy use. These upgrades can be improvements such as insulation, air sealing and heating and cooling equipment replacement. Your Energy Advisor will complete a comprehensive energy audit of your home and send you a report with recommendations of what will give you the most energy savings and what will qualify for the incentive grants. When you have completed the energy upgrades to your home, the Advisor will return to do a short confirmation audit of the upgrades completed and will do all paper work and submissions for your incentive grant.
There is an immediate $150 discount on your pre-upgrade audit. The rest of the cost of the audits is rebated when you complete your work and the second audit. So the energy audits are essentially free! You do need to pay $200 up front for the first audit and $150 for the second audit, but this cost will be rebated if you upgrade your house. You will also receive a very helpful and complete report on the efficiency of your house, and the official Natural Resources Canada EnerGuide for Houses energy efficiency rating.
If your house was built earlier than 1990 and hasn’t had many energy upgrades, you may be able to achieve the required 15% energy savings and maybe much, much more! You will save on your energy bills, reduce your greenhouse gas emissions and be rewarded with a very nice incentive grant. We can advise you on whether you will likely accomplish the necessary savings before we book an appointment.
To find out more about the Home Energy Conservation Program you can go to: Enbridgesmartsavings.com. A limited quantity of printed brochures are available at the REAL DEAL or online here.
To arrange an audit, call REAL, your local non-profit environmental organization:
Alan Leonard, Registered Energy Advisor
If you reside outside REAL’s catchment area, contact
Green Communities Canada
Don’t delay, as this program may be ending by December 31, 2017.