Canada Greener Homes Grant
The Canada Greener Homes Grant helps Canadians save money and reduce their carbon footprint. The Grant provides funds to Canadians who want to make their homes more energy efficient. You could receive a grant of up to $5,000 for the installation of an ENERGY STAR® certified heat pump and up to $600 for an EnerGuide evaluation. You also have access to an interest-free loan of up to $40,000 with a repayment term of 10 years to help you undertake bigger retrofits to make your home more efficient. You can use the grant money to install a heat pump or heat pump water heater.
Save Up to $7,800 on Heat Pumps With the HER+ Program
Enbridge Gas has partnered with the Canada Greener Homes Grant to co-deliver an enhanced program called the Home Efficiency Rebate Plus (HER+). It offers more incentives and rebates to Enbridge Gas customers, including:
- Up to $7,800 in rebates on ENERGY STAR® certified heat pumps. Ground source, air source and domestic hot water heat pumps qualify*
- An additional rebate of $600 for an EnerGuide evaluation to determine which upgrades are right for your home and if you qualify for the rebate.
The Application Process
The process to apply for the Greener Homes Grant is as follows:
- Go to the Enbridge HER+ program website to start.
- Get a pre-retrofit EnerGuide evaluation.
- Apply for the interest-free loan (optional).
- Contact Team Harding to install your heat pump(s).
- Get the post-retrofit EnerGuide evaluation.
- Receive your Canada Greener Homes Grant & HER+ program rebate.
Who Is Eligible?
To be eligible for the Canada Greener Homes Grant, you must:
- Be a Canadian homeowner with proof that the home is your primary residence
- Own a home that is eligible for retrofits
- Get a valid EnerGuide pre-retrofit evaluation
Is My Property Eligible?
Eligible properties include:
- Single or semi-detached home
- All-season cottage
- Mobile home on permanent foundation
- Permanently-moored floating home
- Small multi-unit residential building (residential side only)
- Mixed-use building (residential side only)
Get a Free No-Obligation Quote
If you live in the Ottawa region, and want more information on the Greener Homes Grant contact Team Harding!
Call us at (613) 831-2257 or complete the form below and one of our home comfort advisors will be in touch with you shortly.
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What is a Heat Pump?
A heat pump is a 2-in-1 HVAC system that heats and cools your home. During the winter, it works by transferring heat into your home to where it’s needed. In the summer, it transfers the heat out of your home to cool it. Heat pumps are powered by electricity.
It’s an extremely energy-efficient system because it only transfers heat that exists in the air instead of producing heat, which requires much more energy. Due to their energy efficiency, heat pumps can save you money on energy costs and reduce your carbon footprint.
There are different types of heat pumps that qualify for the Greener Homes Grant, including ground source and air source heat pumps. They both make use of the natural thermal energy that exists in either the air or ground. They’re especially efficient in more mild temperatures, but they also work in cold climates.
Ground Source Heat Pumps
The Canada Greener Homes Grant can be applied to the installation of a new ground-source heat pump or the replacement of the heat pump unit.
Ground source heat pumps are also known as geothermal heat pumps. They work by extracting heat from the ground and moving it where it needs to be. Ground source heat pumps make use of the natural thermal energy that is stored within the Earth. This means that there’s no combustion of fossil fuels and no generation of heat.
Ground source heat pumps can be installed in the backyard of a house.
Air Source Heat Pumps and Cold Climate Air Source Heat Pumps
You can use the Canada Greener Homes Grant to install a new air source or cold climate heat pump or replace the unit. You can use the grant for an air source or cold climate heat pump that works as a standalone or in conjunction with another backup heating system.
Air source heat pumps extract the thermal energy from the air and move that heat into your home. These heat pumps can also cool your home when it’s hot by transferring the heat inside your house outside. Cold climate heat pumps are slightly more efficient and work in colder temperatures than standard air source heat pumps. If you live in an area where temperatures regularly drop below -10, cold climate heat pumps are better as they can operate in temperatures as low as -30.
Heat Pump Water Heaters
The Canada Greener Homes Grant can also be put toward the installation of heat pump water heaters.
Heat pump water heaters are more efficient than traditional water heaters and use up to 70% less energy, on average. Just like heat pumps, heat pump water heaters move heat from one place to another. Depending on the type of heat pump, it transfers heat from the source (air or ground) and into the water tank. Heat pump water heaters are also powered by electricity.
You can also install an air source heat pump system that takes care of your home’s heating, cooling, and water heating. These combination systems take heat from indoors and from the outside air to heat your home and water. During the summer, these systems take the heat from the air inside your home.
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