February 16, 2018 — The Home Energy Conservation program, delivered by Enbridge Gas, in partnership with the Government of Ontario and the Save on Energy program, allows homeowners to earn up to $5,000 for installing energy efficiency upgrades.
By Ellen Cools
This year’s program gives homeowners up to $5,000 back, up from $1,600 — an increase of over 200%.
This program is offered to homeowners across Ontario who use natural gas, wood, propane, oil or electricity to heat their homes, and who install two or more eligible energy efficiency upgrades.
To qualify, participants must complete a home energy audit before and after the upgrades are completed. The upgrades must also be done by a certified contractor and must take place before December 31, 2018. A minimum of two upgrades must be completed, and the work must be done within 120 days of the pre-audit. The cost of both audits will also be included in the rebate.
Some of the energy efficiency improvements eligible under the program include:
• Installing a furnace or boiler heating system (up to $1,000), water heat ($500) or an air source heat pump ($500)
• Upgrading insulation (up to $1,750 per insulation)
• Air sealing (up to $150)
• Or installing energy efficient windows or doors (approximately $80 each)
“Through the Home Energy Conservation program, Enbridge is making it easier for homeowners to make their homes more energy efficient, while saving money, and earning up to $5,000 in cash back,” said Ian Macpherson, director of market solutions and demand side management, Enbridge Gas Distribution. “This year’s program is more transparent, so homeowners who qualify know right away how much money they can expect to receive from Enbridge for doing these upgrades.”