By Goat Staff
The government of Canada has launched a new program that offers Canadians grants of up to $5,600 for energy-saving home upgrades for their primary residence, including upgrades to the building envelope.
Up to $5,000 is available for the implementation of eligible retrofits done after December 1, 2020 and up to $600 for the cost of your pre- and post-retrofit EnerGuide evaluations.
The Canada Greener Homes Grants program—worth about $2.6 billion over seven years—will help homeowners upgrade their home insulation, replace windows and doors, improve the building’s air-tightness and install renewable energy systems like solar panels.
Online applications began May 27, 2021 and the grant is retroactive for work completed since Dec. 1st 2020. An application starts with an energy evaluation by a certified adviser. That adviser visits an applicant’s home and determines which energy-saving measures would qualify for reimbursement.
If the homeowner chooses to proceed, a licensed contractor would then be hired to conduct the retrofits. After an inspection of the completed work, the homeowner would be reimbursed.
The federal grant can be combined with provincial home-energy saving grants such as BC Hydro rebates.
To sign in to the portal go here: tinyurl.com/greener-homes-2121
To learn more about the program go here: tinyurl.com/greener-homes21