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Mar 14th, 2015 | By | Category: Buying a House, Guide for Newcomers, Home & Garden, Low Income, More, Ontario, Toronto

Grants for Ontario HomeownersBrowse incentives and other financial assistance to help you build and live in a way that is energy efficient and helps to protect our natural resources.

City of Toronto Home Energy Loan Program (HELP)

This Program is a new financing tool offered by the City of Toronto to help residents improve their home’s energy efficiency and save money. HELP offers low interest loans to qualifying homeowners who are interested in improving the energy and water efficiency of their home. Through HELP, the City will provide the funding required to complete the improvements and the homeowner will repay the City over time through installments on their property tax bill. Improvements include upgrading insulation and replacing old heating equipment with new energy-efficient products.

Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc.

  • Home Energy Conservation Program: Homeowners can receive financial incentives of up to $2,000 for implementing energy efficiency measures, recommended in an energy audit, that achieve 50% and above in annual gas savings.
  • Home Winterproofing Program: The Program is free to all qualifying homes (those heated by natural gas) and households meeting the income eligibility requirements. Enbridge will pay for the cost of the energy efficiency improvements, such as insulation and draft proofing measures.

Genworth Financial Canada – Energy-Efficient Housing Program

Through the Energy-Efficient Housing Program, home buyers purchasing an energy-efficient home or refinancing an existing home to make energy-saving renovations with Genworth-insured mortgages are eligible to receive a 10 percent premium refund. In addition, the extended amortization surcharge will be refunded for loans with an amortization over 25 years.

Toronto Hydro – Residential Conservation Programs

  • Fridge and Freezer Pick Up: This Program provides an incentive for the pickup and proper recycling of an old inefficient fridge, freezer and room air conditioner.
  • Heating and Cooling Incentive: The Heating and Cooling Incentive is for individuals and businesses (with residential-type systems) replacing their central heating or central air conditioning systems. Unfortunately, residences that do not currently have central heating or cooling systems do not qualify for this incentive.
  • New Home Construction Incentive Program for Builders: This Initiative provides incentives designed to encourage home builders and renovators to construct energy-efficient homes in Ontario by incorporating energy-efficiency into their construction or any extensive renovation. Home builders and renovators can choose to implement Prescriptive, Performance-Based or Custom measures, or a combination of all three. Homeowners who are managing their own renovation, and can provide proof of purchase for any equipment that is eligible for an incentive, can also apply for the three different streams in the initiative.

Region of Halton Residential Toilet Rebate Program

On average the toilet is the biggest water consumer in the home, accounting for up to 30% of daily consumption. Inefficient toilets can waste thousands of litres of water a year. By switching to a Halton-approved water-efficient toilet, participants will reduce their water use.

Hydro One

  • saveONenergy peaksaver PLUSTM: Through peaksaver PLUS, eligible participants receive a free programmable thermostat and energy display to help manage the temperature in the home, a value of $250.
  • saveONenergy AUDIT FUNDING Program: This Program evaluates the current energy performance of a facility and can help determine the financial benefits of improving its energy efficiency. Incentives are based on the size of the building and cover up to 50% of the cost of the audit, to a maximum of $25,000. Additional incentives are offered to develop detailed project cost and energy savings calculations for potential projects identified by the electricity survey and analysis. Incentives cover up to 50% of the detailed analysis cost, to a maximum of $10,000 and are based on the cost of the potential project.
  • saveONenergy HEATING & COOLING INCENTIVE Program: This Program offers homeowners a financial incentive of $250 when an existing furnace is replaced with a high-efficiency one equipped with an electronically commutated motor. It also offers an incentive of up to $400 for the replacement of an existing central air conditioner with an ENERGY STAR qualified system.
  • saveONenergy HIGH PERFORMANCE NEW CONSTRUCTION Program: This Program provides design assistance and substantial financial incentives for building owners and architects who exceed the electricity efficiency standards specified in the Ontario Building Code. Building owners will receive up to $400 for every kilowatt saved for lighting measures and up to $800 for every kilowatt saved for non-lighting projects, or up to $75 per multi-residential in-suite appliance. They are also eligible to receive up to 100% of the cost of modelling a building or addition.
  • saveONenergy HOME ASSISTANCE Program: This Program is designed to help homeowners and tenants better manage their energy costs. Eligibility is based on income and the type of home. Hydro One works with qualified individuals to find smart, simple ways to improve the home’s energy efficiency – at no cost. It recommends and installs the upgrades the home qualifies for, including energy-efficient appliances, energy-saving light bulbs, low-flow showerheads, faucet aerators, programmable thermostats, power bars and home insulation and draft proofing.
  • saveONenergy NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION Initiative: This Initiative provides incentives designed to encourage home builders and renovators to construct energy-efficient homes in Ontario by incorporating energy-efficiency into their construction or any extensive renovation. Home builders and renovators can choose to implement Prescriptive, Performance-Based or Custom measures, or a combination of all three. Homeowners who are managing their own renovation, and can provide proof of purchase for any equipment that is eligible for an incentive, can also apply for the three different streams in the initiative.
  • saveONenergy SMALL BUSINESS LIGHTING Program: This Program provides financial incentives up to $1,500 worth in energy-efficient lighting and equipment upgrades to qualifying businesses. An authorized electrical contractor is available to complete the retrofit. The program provides licensed electrical contractors, a no-risk assessment and clean-up, which includes recycling and proper disposal.

Region of Halton Residential Toilet Rebate Program

On average the toilet is the biggest water consumer in the home, accounting for up to 30% of daily consumption. Inefficient toilets can waste thousands of litres of water a year. By switching to a Halton-approved water-efficient toilet, participants will reduce their water use.

Date modified: 2014-12-17

Source: http://oee.nrcan.gc.ca/corporate/statistics/neud/dpa/policy_e/results.cfm?programtypes=4&regionaldeliveryid=7&attr=0

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