Energy efficiency is a topic that has been of much discussion in the last few years, and for good reason. Saving energy helps improve the world around you, including the air you breathe, the water you drink, and the land around you.

By limiting the energy you use on a daily basis, you are reducing pollution and helping to conserve important natural resources.

However, that’s not all it reduces. It can also help reduce your monthly energy bills for your home.

The Canadian government has implemented home improvement grants available to help make it easier for Canadians to make energy-efficient retrofits to their home.

What Is Available Through The Canadian Greener Homes Grant?

There are grants available from $125 to $5,000. These home improvement grants are available to help pay for all, or part of your home retrofit costs.

A maximum contribution of $600 is available towards the cost of your pre and post-retrofit EnerGuide home evaluations.

An interest-free loan from $5,000 to $40,000 with a repayment term of 10 years to help Canadians make these home retrofits.

How Do You Apply For The Canadian Greener Homes Grant?

In order to encourage a high number of Canadians to take advantage of this program, the government has made it quite simple to apply.

To start, you must go online to the Canada Greener Homes Grant portal to register and book a pre-retrofit evaluation. If you would like to proceed with your evaluation with AmeriSpec as your inspection agency, you must select AmeriSpec as your Service Organization at this stage.

An AmeriSpec Energy Advisor will then contact you to book a time for your EnerGuide pre-retrofit evaluation. Alternatively, you can call your local AmeriSpec branch to book the evaluation.

Once you’ve received your EnerGuide Evaluation directly within the Greener Home Grant portal, you can begin planning and documenting your dream home retrofits. You must make at least one retrofit that was recommended by your Energy Advisor and is eligible for the grants.

Once the retrofits have all been completed, you will need to book a post-retrofit evaluation and submit all required documents online through the same portal, or by mail. You can apply for reimbursement directly from the Canadian government.

Important Information To Remember About The Greener Homes Grant

It’s important to remember that receipts must be kept and documented for every upgrade performed. Homeowners are responsible for submitting these receipts onto the homeowner portal.

Homeowners will only be eligible for home grant amounts equal or less than the amount paid for the upgrades, up to the maximum listed grant amount. Essentially, this means that if you paid $200 for air sealing, then your maximum home grant amount will be $200.

What Retrofits Are Eligible For The Canada Greener Homes Grant Program?

Home Insulation (up to $5,000)

Attic/Ceiling Insulation (the maximum attic insulation grant is $1800).

Current level of insulation in your home at the time of the pre-evaluation

Grant amounts (by the level of additional insulation added to your home)

Achieve a total minimum insulation value of RSI 8.81 (R-50) for your attic

Achieve a total minimum insulation value of RSI 4.93 (R-28) (flat roof/ceiling)

Increase insulation value by a minimum of RSI 3.52 (R-20) (flat roof/ceiling)

No insulation

N/A

N/A

$600

RSI 2.11 (R-12) and less

$1,800

$600

$600

Greater than RSI 2.11 (R-12) and up to RSI 4.40 (R-25)

$600

$250

N/A

Greater than RSI 4.40 (R-25) and up to RSI 6.16 (R-35)

$250

N/A

N/A



Exterior Wall Insulation

Minimum additional insulation

Grant amounts (by the level of additional insulation added to your home)

Percent area that you choose to insulate

Add insulation value of R-7.5 to R-12

Add insulation greater than R-12 to R-20

Add insulation >R-20 above

100%

$3,300

$3,800

$5,000



Exposed Floor Insulation

Option

Grant amount

Minimum additional insulation, RSI 3.5 (R-20)

$350



Basement/Foundation Insulation

Seal and insulate at least:

Grant amount

80% of your entire basement header area to increase its insulation value by a minimum of RSI 3.52 (R-20)

$240

50% of your entire basement slab by a minimum of RSI 0.62 (R-3.5)

$400

Minimum additional insulation

Grant amounts (by the level of additional insulation added to your home)

Percent area that you choose to insulate

Add insulation value of RSI 1.76 (R-10) to RSI 3.87 (R-22)

Add insulation greater than RSI 3.87 (R-22)

100%

$1,050

$1,500



Crawlspace Insulation

 

Grant amounts (by the level of additional insulation added to your home)

 

Add insulation value of RSI 1.76 (R-10) to RSI 3.87 (R-22)

Add insulation value greater than RSI 3.87 (R-22)

Add insulation value greater than RSI 4.23 (R-24)

Insulation 100% of the crawlspace’s total exterior wall area, including the header area.

$1,040

$1,300

N/A

Insulate 100% of the crawlspace ceiling (preferably with minimum continuous insulation)

N/A

N/A

$800



Note: A minimum of 20% coverage is required for walls, attics, and foundation insulation. Rebates are pro-rated based on the % surface area insulated. Maximum combined basement and crawlspace grant of $1500.

Thermostats ($50)

Thermostat retrofits must be combined with other retrofit measures to be eligible for rebate.

Option

Grant amount

Replace a manual thermostat by a programmable or smart/adaptive thermostat

$50

 



Heating (up to $5,000)

Ground Source Heat Pumps

Equipment

Grant amount

Install a ground Source Heat Pump (geothermal system)

$5,000

Replace a ground Source Heat Pump unit – pump only

$3,000



Air And Cold Climate Heat Pumps

Equipment

Grant amount

Air source heat pump (ASHP) Install a complete ENERGY STAR certified new or replacement air source heat pump system or a variable capacity cold climate air source heat pump system, intended to service the entire home.

$2,500

Install a complete ENERGY STAR certified new or replacement air source heat pump (ASHP) system, intended to service the entire home (not available for Quebec or Nova Scotia residents).

$4,000

Cold Climate Heat Pumps (CCHP) Install a complete ENERGY STAR certified new or replacement variable capacity cold climate air source heat pump (ccASHP) system, intended to service the entire home.

$5,000



Domestic Hot Water Equipment

Option

Grant amount

Replace your domestic water heater with an ENERGY STAR certified domestic hot water heat pump (DHW-HP)

$1,000



Air Sealing (up to $1,000)

Options

Grant amount

Meet the target in your RUR

$550

If you reach 10% better than the target in your report (i.e. 0.9 x target value)

$810

If you reach 20% better than the target in your report (i.e. 0.8 x target value)

$1,000

 



Windows And Doors (up to $5,000)

The windows and doors you select must be from the approved list provided on the NRCan website.

Options

Grant amount per rough opening

Replace your windows or sliding glass doors with ENERGY STAR certified models

$125

Replace your windows or sliding glass doors with ENERGY STAR Most Efficient models

$250

Replace hinged doors, with our without sidelites or transoms with ENERGY STAR certified models

$125

 



Renewable Energy Systems (up to $5,000)

Option

Incentive amount

Single-family home

MURBs

Install solar panels (photovoltaic (PV) systems) ≥ 1.0 kW

$1,000 per kW

$1,000



Resiliency Measures (up to $2,625)

Resiliency measures must be combined with another retrofit measure to be eligible for rebate.

Option

Incentive amount

Batteries connected to Photovoltaic systems to provide standby power to home

$1,000

Roofing Membrane – self-adhering roofing underlayment applied to entire roof

$150

Foundation water-proofing

$875

Moisture proofing crawlspace floor, walls and headers (100%)

$600



Why You Should Consider Home Energy Upgrades Under The Canada Greener Homes Grant

  1. Making these energy-efficient renovations to a home could see a return of up to $6,300.
  2. The right renovations will not only save energy, but they can also help to lower your utility bill by up to 20%.
  3. When the time comes to sell your home, buyers tend to pay more attention to homes that had an energy efficiency assessment.

6 Reasons Homeowners Choose AmeriSpec For Their Energy Rebate Needs

  1. AmeriSpec employs highly skilled NRCan Registered Energy Advisors that are trained to best serve homeowners across the country.
  2. We have over 20 years of energy evaluation industry experience.
  3. AmeriSpec evaluators are efficient in submitting your information to NRCan, ensuring you receive your evaluation report quickly.
  4. We have thousands of satisfied customers from coast-to-coast.
  5. AmeriSpec Energy Advisors are available 7 days a week.
  6. Fast, easy booking via online form.

Our energy assessment will determine the major areas of energy use and waste and make suggestions on what steps to take that could save you hundreds of dollars annually in utilities and do your part in protecting the environment. Our EnerGuide Energy Efficiency Evaluation Report will include:

  • Your home’s rating and an explanation of the rating system.
  • A breakdown of the amount of energy your home will use for space heating, lighting, and appliances.
  • Your home’s estimated annual energy usage for electricity, gas, or oil.
  • Recommendations for improving your home’s EnerGuide rating and the efficiency of the home.

We can also help you apply for available incentives from your Province or local gas and electrical utilities. Contact your local office to see what services and programs are available in your area and see if you could qualify for money to improve your home or build a more efficient one.

Don’t Wait! Book Your Energy Efficiency Evaluation Today To Take Advantage Of The Canada Greener Homes Grant.