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Home Energy Conservation Program

Get $150 towards a Home Energy Audit

Incentives of up to $2,100

When your home consumes less energy, it frees up money for other things, like vacations, your children’s education and retirement. That’s why Enbridge Gas Distribution is proud to deliver the Home Energy Conservation (HEC) Program in partnership with the Government of Ontario. Helping you save money is simply the right thing to do. This 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 of up to $2,100.

Step 1: Qualification

  1. You must heat your home with a natural gas, oil, propane boiler/furnace OR wood stove.
  2. If you are an Enbridge Gas customer and have a valid Enbridge account in good standing OR if you heat your home with oil, wood or propane—you must provide a current tax bill for the property.
  3. You must call one of the Certified Energy Auditors (CEAs) approved by Enbridge Gas Distribution to ensure that you qualify. See Step 2 for a list a numbers.
  4. You must reside in the Enbridge Gas Program Delivery Area:

York Municipalities

  • 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

Durham Region

  • Ajax
  • Oshawa
  • Pickering
  • Whitby

City of Toronto

  • All of the City of Toronto

Peel Region

  • Brampton
  • Mississauga

Step 2: Pre-Retrofit Energy Audit

An energy audit is an assessment of your home’s current energy use. Your energy audit will reveal areas where you can make improvements (called retrofits) to improve your home’s energy efficiency, in turn helping you conserve energy and save money. You must use one of the Certified Energy Auditors (CEAs) 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 audit, 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 audit before the winter heating season.

INCENTIVE: Enbridge will pay $150 of the $350 pre-retrofit energy audit cost. (HST is not included in this cost.)

Approved Certified Energy Auditors (CEAs) will help you

  1. Prioritize your upgrades to get the best “bang for your buck”. It can also give you your payback period.
  2. Reduce air leaks and identify why your house is cold in the winter and hot in the summer.
  3. Understand if your house is too air tight and requires additional “controlled” air flow.
  4. Determine if energy upgrades were installed as per recommendations.

To qualify, you must contact one of the listed Enbridge pre-approved Certified Energy Auditors (CEAs) for your pre and post energy audit by December 31, 2017. For any 2016 participants, if you were not able to complete your post energy audit 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 audit.

Step 3: Upgrades

Implement a minimum of 2 of the following recommended qualified energy upgrades. The energy auditor will advise which measures will need to be upgraded to achieve 15% fuel savings (natural gas, propane, oil or wood) in order to qualify for the Enbridge incentive. 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, 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 (oil, propane or wood heating only): 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.

Step 4: Post-Retrofit Energy Audit

By getting a post-retrofit energy audit, 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.

  1. $1,000 for achieving 15% – 24% in fuel savings (natural gas, oil, propane or wood)*** as per post energy audit
    • $500 covering the full energy audit costs, not including HST. An instant rebate of $150 will be applied to the first audit and $350 for the remainder of the audit cost will be reimbursed in the total remaining incentive amount.
    • Total amount of incentive to homeowner is $850
  2. $1600 for achieving 25% – 49% in fuel savings (natural gas, oil, propane or wood)*** as per post energy audit
    • $500 covering the full energy audit costs, not including HST. An instant rebate of $150 will be applied to the first audit and $350 for the remainder of the audit cost will be reimbursed in the total remaining incentive amount.
    • Total amount of incentive to homeowner is $1,450
  3. $2100 for achieving 50% or above in fuel savings (natural gas, oil, propane or wood)*** as per post energy audit
    • $500 covering the full energy audit costs, not including HST. An instant rebate of $150 will be applied to the first audit and $350 for the remainder of the audit cost will be reimbursed in the total remaining incentive amount.
    • Total amount of incentive to homeowner is $1,950

To find out if you can reach 15% fuel savings (natural gas, oil, propane or wood), a pre and post home energy audit is required by an Enbridge pre-approved Certified Energy Auditor (CEA).

*If you entered the program because your furnace had to be replaced due to a no heat circumstance, this will be considered an exception. The homeowner has 3 days to contact the Energy Advisor and the audit can be done within 3 weeks, and this exception can only be made between October 15th and March 31st. **Air Sealing must be a minimum reduction of at least 10% as measured by a blower test. ***Fuel savings are based on approved modeling software. Only one enrolment for incentive per household is permitted. Program may be subject to change or cancellation without notice at any time.

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