Green Home Rebate Programs
The list is long, which reflects well on all of us! If you can’t find something to suit your needs in the summary that follows, why not contact your local government and see what you can initiate – there’s lots of inspiration below! We’ve added some energy conservation resources below, too.
If you already know what you’re looking for, Environment Canada offers this handy tool to search by region or rebate type.
Also, let us know if we’ve missed a program you know about and we’ll add it here. Click on your Region to jump to relevant information.
Newfoundland & Labrador
The Residential Energy Rebate (RER) provides a rebate equivalent to the 8% provincial portion of the 13% Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) charged on consumption of energy for residential purposes.
Residential Energy Efficiency Program (REEP) assists low income households with energy efficient retrofits. This marks a big step towards energy equality as it is so often a privilege of higher income households to become eco-forward. The program also pays for before and after energy audits which can be pricey – more than $500 in some regions.
Efficiency Nova Scotia, an independent, non-profit corporation funded by taxpayers via a levy on all electric bills offers an impressive and flexible array of options to save energy and money. The stand-out here is that there are opportunities for homeowners as well as tenants and investment property owners – there is no excuse to avoid making some eco-changes in your lifestyle! The following list highlights just a few of the programs – please take a look and find what works best for your situation.
- Appliance Retirement Program: they will pick up old appliance and reward you with cash and AirMiles! This program is offered to homeowners and renters.
- Another great option for low income households interested in making energy-saving upgrades.
- Rental property owners can save big on upgrading lighting, appliances etc.
The Residential Energy Efficiency Program offers incentives for homeowners to make eco-upgrades and splits the cost of energy assessments, too. You can receive up to $6000 back when you invest in energy-efficent changes to your home, such as new insulation and central heating upgrades.
There is also a program for commercial buildings that offers up to $75,000 when you invest in large-scale energy retrofitting.
Prince Edward Island
The Rénoclimat program includes an energy audit, an EnerGuide rating of your home before and after you undertake upgrades and rebates based on those changes. The website states that participants save an average of 25% off their annual energy costs.
There are number of programs throughout the province that offer rebates and discounts on appliance replacement, free home weatherization, energy incentives and energy savings kits, just to name a few. The full list is provided by the Ontario Ministry of Energy here.
There is so much information on the Manitoba Hydro website about the many rebate and loan programs offered. Residential, commercial, industrial and agricultural properties are all included. Some of the offerings include the Lower Income Energy Efficiency Program, the Power Smart Water and Energy Saver Program, the Power Smart Residential Loan, the Commercial Network Energy Management Program (which covers the cost of licensing on software that manages smart energy usage of a network or individual computer!)
These are just a handful of examples. Browse the website for other ideas and opportunities.
The Saskatchewan EnerGuide for Houses (SEGH) program runs to October 31st, 2013 and offers grants for home improvements that lower energy costs and decrease your dwelling’s carbon footprint. Similar to other programs like this, pre- and post-upgrade home energy audits are required and subsidized (50%) by the program. The website does not offer any specific dollar amounts, but you will receive a detailed report on rebate dollars available after the first audit.
SaskEnergy also offers incentives for buying new, energy-efficient homes.
Some provincial programs offer rebates retroactively, so do your research and get some money back! Specific to Edmonton, the Carbon Dioxide Reduction Edmonton (CO2RE) offers a $250 rebate on insulation that can be used with other provincial offers. The impressive Solar-Electric Pilot Program is currently ended, but let’s hope it comes back in some shape or form soon.
If you’re in Medicine Hat, check out the HatSmart Program for $400 towards the purchase of a furnace, hot water tank or insulation energy-upgrade. The city also offers a neat incentive program directed at rejuvenating the downtown core. This is more abstractly Green, but no less important as the smart use of space and gentrification become ever more important in our growing cities.
The LiveSmart BC Efficiency Incentive program is accepting applications until the end of March 2012. The program seems tied to the now-defunct federal program, so read the dates carefully and make your move now to take advantage.
FortisBC, an energy provider in BC offers many eco-initiatives. Read about them here if you’re lucky enough to live there and get money back on everything from new windows and insulation to light bulbs, water coolers and new appliances.
Energy Efficiency Incentive Program (EEIP) refunds anywhere from $75 to $1000 when you purchase various energy saving products for your home, including windows, heating and cooling systems, plumbing and appliances.