Home Energy Conservation Program
Get $200 towards a Home Energy Assessment
Incentives of up to $6,355
When your home consumes less energy, it frees up money for other things, like vacations, your children's education and retirement. Helping you save money is simply the right thing to do. The Home Energy Conservation Program makes it easy and affordable for you to improve the energy efficiency of your home, lower your energy bills and lessen your home's impact on the environment. If you're a qualified homeowner, you can take advantage of valuable incentives from a minimum of $1,600 up to $6,355.
New Incentives Added
Electrical incentives now available
When you qualify and reach the minimum 15% energy savings as part of the Home Energy Conservation Program, you may also receive bonus incentives when you make electrical upgrades to your home. This will be determined through a pre and post electricity assessment, included in your Home Energy Assessment.
Step 1: Qualification
- You must heat your home with natural gas, oil, propane boiler/furnace, electric heat, OR wood stove.
- If you are an Enbridge Gas customer and have a valid Enbridge account in good standing OR if you heat your home with electricity, oil, wood, OR propane—you must provide a current tax bill for the property.
- Call Windfall Ecology Centre to ensure that you qualify.
- You must reside in the Enbridge Gas Program Delivery Area, including:
- Town of Aurora
- Town of East Gwillimbury
- Town of Georgina
- Township of King
- Town of Newmarket
- City of Markham
- Town of Richmond Hill
- City of Vaughan
- Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville
City of Toronto
- All of the City of Toronto
Step 2: Pre-Retrofit Energy Assessment
An energy assessment is an evaluation of your home's current energy use. Your energy assessment will reveal areas where you can make improvements (called retrofits) to enhance your home's energy efficiency, in turn helping you conserve energy and save money. Windfall Ecology Centre's Registered Energy Auditors (REAs) are approved by Enbridge Gas Distribution.
Here's what to expect:
- ASSESSMENT: You'll get a basement-to-attic assessment of your home's insulation, heating and cooling systems and other energy use.
- TESTING: A blower door test will be conducted to see if your home has air leakage, which can cause wasted energy, uncomfortable drafts and poor air quality.
- GET YOUR RATING: Your home will be given an energy rating using the Natural Resources Canada home evaluation – the higher the rating the better.
- RETROFITS: During your energy assessment, you'll get recommendations for improvements (called retrofits) to help reduce your energy bills and increase home comfort.
- RECOMMENDATION: Because your recommended improvements may include heating and insulation, it's best to book your energy assessment before the winter heating season.
INCENTIVES: There is an instant $200 program discount off the $400 pre-retrofit energy assessment costs.
(HST is not included in this cost.)
Approved Registered Energy Auditors (REAs) will help you
- Prioritize your upgrades to get the best “bang for your buck”. It can also give you your payback period.
- Reduce air leaks and identify why your house is cold in the winter and hot in the summer.
- Understand if your house is too air tight and requires additional “controlled” air flow.
- Determine if energy upgrades were installed as per recommendations.
To qualify, you must contact Windfall Ecology Centre for your pre and post energy assessment by December 31, 2017. For any 2016 participants, if you were not able to complete your post energy assessment by December 31, 2016, Enbridge will honour your enrollment into the Program based on the incentive levels available at the time you complete your post energy assessment.
Step 3: Upgrades
Implement a minimum of 2 of the following recommended qualified energy upgrades. The energy expert will advise which measures will need to be upgraded to achieve 15% fuel savings (natural gas, electric, propane, oil or wood) in order to qualify for the Enbridge incentives. To help you offset the cost of the recommended upgrades, be sure to check out the available incentives offered by Enbridge in step 4.
- Attic Insulation Upgrade: Attic insulation will prevent heated and cooled air from escaping through the top of your home.
- Basement Wall Insulation Upgrade: A properly insulated basement helps to prevent heat loss and mold-causing condensation. It also makes for a more comfortable living space.
- Wall Insulation Upgrade: Better insulation helps to keep heat in during the winter and out during the summer, providing more comfort and lower energy bills.
- Exposed Floor Insulation: Insulating the underside of floors exposed to unheated spaces (such as a room over the garage) can keep floors warmer and provide a more cozy living space.
- Air Sealing: Air leakage means your heating system will need to work harder to heat your home. Proper sealing prevents drafts, increasing comfort and lowering energy bills.**
- Window Replacements: Better windows help to prevent costly drafts and condensation. They also allow for solar gains, which heat your home, and solar shading, which helps cool your home.
- High-Efficiency Space Heating System Installation (natural gas, propane, oil or wood): Installing a high-efficiency heating system will give you improved climate control, energy savings and a more comfortable indoor environment overall.
- High-Efficiency Water Heating System Installation (natural gas, electric, propane, oil or wood): A high-efficiency or tankless water heater can reduce your natural gas consumption, saving you money.
- Drain Water Heat Recovery System Installation: Drain Water Heat Recovery units preheat the water going into your water tank with warm water from the shower or dishwasher, so your water tank doesn't have to work as hard. Your water heater will use less energy, for lower bills.
- Install an Air Source Heat Pump (electric*, oil, propane or wood heating): Air-source heat pumps draw heat from the outside air during the heating season and reject heat outside during the summer cooling season, saving energy and money.
*Bonus incentives of up to $4,000 are available for installing an Air Source Heat Pump in electrically heated homes.
Step 4: Post-Retrofit Energy Assessment
By getting a post-retrofit energy assessment, you'll be able to compare your new and improved energy rating against the energy rating your home was given prior to making retrofits. It'll be proof positive that your energy efficiency upgrades have made a difference
You can receive $1,600 for achieving a minimum of 15% in fuel savings (natural gas, electric, oil, propane or wood)*** as per post energy audit.
When you qualify and reach the minimum 15% energy savings, you have a chance to qualify for additional electric incentives, up to a maximum of $6,355.
|Pre Audit||$400 + $52 (HST) = $452||$150 (Enbridge) $50 (IESO)||$252|
|Post Audit||$200 + $26 (HST) = $226||$50 (IESO)||$176|
Total Paid Up Front by Customer = $428
Final Enbridge incentive cheque = $1,450*
Total Incentive (after audit costs and applicable taxes) = $1,022
*Plus any additional qualified bonus incentives.
To find out if you can reach 15% fuel savings (natural gas, electric, oil, propane or wood), a pre and post home energy assessment is required by one of Windfall Ecology Centre's Registered Energy Auditors (REAs).