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for 1st system
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Heating System (see important notes below)

Gas Furnace

Replace your heating system with:
• a gas furnace that has a 92.0 percent annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) or higher √ list $375
• a gas furnace that has a 92.0 percent AFUE or higher with a brushless DC motor √ list $625
• a gas furnace that has a 94.0 percent AFUE or higher with a brushless DC motor √ list $650
• a gas furnace that has a 94.0 percent AFUE or higher with a brushless DC motor (when installing a condensing furnace for the first time) √ list $790
*Mobile Homes (only) Replace your heating system in a mobile home with a qualified zero-clearance gas furnace that has a 90.0 percent AFUE or higher √ list *$375

Oil or Gas Boiler

Replace your heating system with:
• an ENERGY STAR qualified condensing gas boiler that has a 90.0 percent AFUE or higher √ list $750
• an ENERGY STAR qualified oil boiler that has an 85.0 percent AFUE or higher √ list $750

Oil Furnace

Replace your heating system with:
• an ENERGY STAR qualified oil furnace that has an 85.0 percent AFUE or higher √ list $375
• an ENERGY STAR qualified oil furnace that has an 85.0 percent AFUE or higher with a brushless DC motor √ list $625
• an ENERGY STAR qualified oil furnace that has a 94.0 percent AFUE or higher with a brushless DC motor √ list $650
• an ENERGY STAR qualified oil furnace that has a 94.0 percent AFUE or higher with a brushless DC motor (when installing a condensing furnace for the first time) √ list $790

Geothermal

Ground or
Water Source Heat Pump System
Install an earth-energy system (ground or water source) that conforms to the CAN/CSA-C448 Standard from the Canadian Standards Association.

A company qualified by the Canadian GeoExchange Coalition (CGC) must install the new system or a complete replacement of an existing system (new heat pump unit and new loop). The CGC must also certify the system after installation. Visit Canadian GeoExchange Coalition for a list of qualified companies and certification requirements.
$4,375
Replace only the heat pump unit of an existing earth-energy system (ground or water source heat pump). A company qualified by the CGC must install the heat pump according to CAN/CSA-C448. The CGC must also certify the system after installation. Visit Canadian GeoExchange Coalition for a list of qualified companies and certification requirements. $1,750

Air-Source Heat Pump

Install one of the following types of ENERGY STAR qualified air-source heat pumps (ASHP) that provide space heating and optional cooling. The ASHP must have an Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) number meeting the following miminum requirements (found in Table 1 row 1):
• a seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) of 14.5,
• energy efficiency rating (EER) of 12.0,
• heating season performance factor (HSPF) for Region V of 7.1,
• a minimum heating capacity of 12‚000 Btu/hour.

• a central split-system ASHP that is a complete new system or replacement including the matched indoor coil and outdoor unit, as well as a furnace if required to meet ENERGY STAR. √ list

• a single package ASHP. √ list

• a ductless mini-split ASHP with at least one indoor head per floor (excluding the basement) that is a complete new system or replacement including indoor head and outdoor unit. √ list

See "Important Information about Air-Source Heat Pumps, and Central Air Conditioners." When replacing a central A/C, see “Cooling Systems” for additional applicable grants.
$500

Integrated Mechanical System (IMS)

Replace your existing space and domestic water heating equipment with an integrated mechanical system (IMS) that is CSA P.10-07 certified and that achieves the “premium” performance rating. An IMS provides space heating, domestic hot water and heat recovery ventilation functions. $1,625

Wood-burning
appliance

Replace your wood-burning system or appliance with one of the following:

• an indoor wood-burning appliance certified to either CAN/CSA-B415.1-M92 or the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 40 CFR Part 60 wood-burning appliance standard. Appliances exempt from EPA testing are not eligible unless they are B415.1-M92 certified.

• an indoor pellet-burning appliance (includes stoves, furnaces and boilers that burn wood, corn, grain or cherry pits).

• an indoor masonry heater.

Gas fireplaces are not eligible.
$375

Solid
Fuel-Fired
Outdoor Boiler

Replace your solid fuel-fired outdoor boiler with an outdoor wood-burning appliance certified to either CAN/CSA-B415.1 or United States EPA Outdoor Wood-fired Hydronic Heater (OWHH Method 28) Program (Phase 1 and 2).

The capacity of the new equipment must be equal to or smaller than the capacity of the boiler being replaced.
$375

Electronic Thermostats

Install a minimum of 5 electronic thermostats for electric baseboard heaters. Electric baseboard heating must be the primary space heating system. $40/5
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Ventilation System (new installation or replacement)

HRV

Heat Recovery Ventilator
Install an HRV or ERV that is certified by the Home Ventilating Institute (HVI) and listed in Section 3 of their Certified Products Directory.” (HVI) as a heat- or energy-recovery ventilator. Systems listed in other sections of the HVI directory are not eligible. Systems listed in other sections of the HVI directory are not eligible. $375
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Cooling System (replacement only)

Central Air Conditioner

Replace your central air-conditioning system with one of the following ENERGY STAR A/C systems:

• a central split-system A/C that has an AHRI number meeting the requirements (found in Table 1 row 2):
• a seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) of 14.5
• energy efficiency rating (EER) of 12.0 Btu/hour. Btu/hour.

• a ductless mini-split that has an AHRI number with at least one indoor head per floor excluding the basement, that also meets the requirements in Table 1 row 2

• an ASHP qualified from the “Heating Systems” section that also provides cooling (such a system is eligible for both a space heating and cooling grant). See See Table 1 row 1.

See "Important Information about Air-Source Heat Pumps and Central Air Conditioners."
$250
(only one grant)

Window Air Conditioner

Replace your window air conditioner(s) unit with one of the following:

• a ductless mini-split that has an AHRI number meeting the requirements in Table 1 row 2 with less than one indoor head per floor.

• ENERGY STAR qualified window A/C units.

See "Important Information about Air-Source Heat Pumps and Central Air Conditioners."

$25
(per unit replaced; maximum of 5 units)
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Domestic Hot Water System (see important notes below)

Solar Hot Water heater

Install a solar domestic hot water system that provides a minimum energy contribution of six gigajoules per year (GJ/yr) and is CAN/CSA F379 Standard certified. Systems must appear on CanmetENERGY’s “Performance Directory of Solar Domestic Hot Water Systems” and not be identified as “seasonal operation”. √ list $1,250

Tankless Water Heater

Replace your domestic water heater with an ENERGY STAR and “ecoENERGY” qualified instantaneous, gas-fired water heater that has an energy factor (EF) of 0.82 or higher. √ list $315
Replace your domestic water heater with an ENERGY STAR and “ecoENERGY” qualified instantaneous, condensing gas-fired water heater that has an EF of 0.90 or higher. √ list $375

Condensing Water Heater

Replace your domestic water heater with a condensing gas storage-type water heater that has a minimum thermal efficiency (TE) of 94 percent. √ list $375

Drain Water Heat Recovery

(DWHR)
Install a drain-water heat recovery (DWHR) system. Grants are based on the efficiency of the system as follows:
 
• efficiency between 30 and 41.9 percent √ list $95
• efficiency of 42.0 percent or higher √ list

For a list of eligible systems and their efficiency, see "List of Eligible Drain Water Heat Recovery Systems."
$165
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Ceiling / Attic / Roof Insulation (see important notes below)

A minimum of 20 percent of the total ceiling area must be insulated to qualify. When the roof consists of more than one type (i.e., attic, cathedral ceiling and flat roof), all applicable grants are pro-rated based on the ceiling area and roof type. The maximum grant for any combination of attic, cathedral ceiling and flat roof cannot exceed $750. Grants listed reflect 100 percent of the ceiling area being of one roof type. You must add additional insulation in the same position (e.g., attic floor vs. attic ceiling) as the insulation present at the time of the pre-retrofit evaluation.

Increase the insulation value of:

Single Family Home
Insulation level at the time of
pre-retrofit evaluation
up to R-12 > R-12 to R-25 > R-25 to R-35
• your attic to achieve a total minimum insulation value of R-40 (RSI 7.04) $500 $250 N/A
• your attic to achieve a total minimum insulation value of R-50 (RSI 8.81) $750 $375 $125
• your flat roof and/or cathedral ceiling to achieve a total minimum insulation value of R-28 (RSI 4.93) $750 $250 N/A
• Add a minimum insulation value of R-10 (RSI 1.76) to your uninsulated flat roof and/or cathedral ceiling and qualify for a grant of $500. Starting Point: Uninsulated
$500
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Exterior Wall Insulation (see important notes below)

A minimum of 20 percent of the total exterior wall area must be insulated to qualify.

The grant is based on the percentage of wall area that is insulated and does not include walls between individual dwelling units.

In the case of a row or semi-detached house, see Important notes below regarding grant amounts.

Also see “Important notes about building envelopes and insulation”.

Minimum Additional Insulation
Percent area R-3.8 to R-9 > R-9        
20% $225 $375
40% $450 $750
60% $675 $1,125
80% $900 $1,500
100% $1,125 $1,875
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Canada ecoENERGY grants

Exposed Floor Insulation (see important notes below)

Insulate your entire exposed floor and increase its insulation value by a minimum of R-20 (RSI 3.52).

A minimum floor area of 14 square metres (150 square feet) must be insulated to qualify.


$190

(applies to overhangs and floors above an unheated space such as an unheated garage, but excludes crawl spaces)
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Basement Insulation (see important notes below)

A minimum of 20 percent of the foundation’s wall area (including basement and crawl space walls, when applicable) must be insulated to qualify.

The grant is based on the percentage of wall area that is insulated and does not include walls between individual dwelling units.

In the case of a row or semi-detached house, or a multiple foundation, see Important notes below regarding grant amounts.

When both a basement and crawl space are present, all applicable grants are pro-rated to a maximum of $1,250 based on the total wall area.

Also see “Important notes about building envelopes and insulation”.

Minimum Additional Insulation
Percent area R-10 to R-23 > R-23        
20% $125 $250
40% $250 $500
60% $375 $750
80% $500 $1,000
100% $625 $1,250
Basement Header Insulation Single Family Home
Seal and insulate your entire basement header area, increasing its insulation value by a minimum of R-20 (RSI 3.52). $125
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Crawl Space Insulation (see important notes below)

When both a basement and crawl space are present, all applicable grants are pro-rated to a maximum of $1,250 based on the total wall area that is insulated.

In the case of a row or semi-detached house or a multiple foundation, see Important notes below regarding grant amounts.

Insulate 100 percent of the crawl space’s total exterior wall area, including the header area.
Minimum Additional Insulation
R-10 to R-23 > R-23

$500

$1,000
Or insulate 100 percent of the floor above the crawl space to increase its insulation value by a minimum of R-24 (RSI 4.23).
N/A

$250
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Air Sealing (see important notes below)

Perform air sealing to improve the air-tightness of your home to achieve the air-change rate target indicated in your “Energy Efficiency Evaluation Report.”

Single Family Home
$190

Bonus: If you reach 10 or 20 percent better than the target included in your report, you can obtain an additional grant.

10%
better than target
$120
20%
better than target
$240
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Windows / Doors / Skylights (heated space only)

Grants for windows and skylights are based on the number of rough openings (RO) in which windows or skylights were replaced between the pre- and post-retrofit evaluations. Each RO is counted as one window or skylight. Single Family Home
*per rough opening when filled with qualifying unit(s)
A RO is defined as the structurally stable opening created by the builder for the installation of the window unit (i.e. framing and glazing) or skylight. (Note that a bay window, which may be made up of several windows, is regarded as one RO.)
Replace windows and skylights with models that are ENERGY STAR qualified for your climate zone.
*$40
(per rough opening when filled
with qualifying unit(s))
Replace your exterior door(s) with an
ENERGY STAR qualified model(s) for your climate zone.
*$40
(per rough opening when filled
with qualifying unit(s))
To be eligible for a grant:

Proof of ENERGY STAR qualification of windows, doors and skylights is required, such as the presence of an ENERGY STAR label on all of the replacement windows, doors or skylights indicating they are ENERGY STAR qualified for the house’s climate zone.

If the labels are removed by the installer, you should request them as proof, or request a copy of an invoice indicating: the brand/product name, the NRCan model reference number or the manufacturer’s model code, and the climate zone for which the windows, doors or skylights are qualified.

Also see “Important notes about Windows, Skylights and Doors”.
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Toilets (Low-flush or dual-flush)

Replace your toilet with a low-flush or dual-flush toilet that meets the Uniform North American Requirements (UNAR).

To find eligible models, visit map-testing.com “MaP SEARCH” and select “Meets UNAR/ecoEnergy requirements.”

Single Family Home

$65
(per unit replaced; maximum of 4 units)
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Important Notes:


  • 1. Natural Resources Canada

    Natural Resources Canada reserves the right to revise ecoENERGY Retrofit – Homes information, including the grant amounts and the eligibility requirements, without notice. The payment of grants is also subject to the availability of funds. Refer to the NRCan web site "www.ecoaction.gc.ca/homes" for the most up-to-date information.

  • 2. ecoENERGY Grants

    The "Grant Table for ecoENERGY Retrofit – Homes" above features the list of improvements and retrofits that are eligible under the ecoENERGY Retrofit – Homes program and the corresponding grant amounts. The maximum federal grant you can receive for a home is $5,000 for applications made since April, 2007. If you participated before April 1, 2011, and have not received the maximum grant amount for your current property, you can submit one more application for additional improvements made after June 6, 2011.

    The grant is calculated and based on the grant amounts and eligibility requirements that are in effect at the time of the post-retrofit evaluation. You must complete your renovations and obtain a post-retrofit evaluation no later than March 31, 2012. You must show all your receipts to your energy advisor during the final evaluation to verify that you purchased and installed eligible upgrades after June 6, 2011, and after a pre-retrofit evaluation. Grant amounts are subject to available funding. (Effective June 6th, 2011)

  • 3. Residential Energy-Efficiency Evaluations

    Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) is offering residential energy efficiency evaluations through licensed service organizations to owners of single-family homes, including detached, semi-detached and low-rise multi-unit residential buildings (MURBs) that are no more than 3 storeys high. Also eligible are some small buildings of no more than 3 storeys for which at least 50 percent of the floor area is used as one or more permanent residences.

    Under ecoENERGY Retrofit – Homes, property owners can qualify for federal grants by improving the energy efficiency of their home and reducing their home’s impact on the environment.

  • 4. ecoENERGY Retrofit – Homes report

    Energy advisors that are certified by NRCan conduct a detailed, on-site evaluation of your home’s energy use from the attic down to the foundation. The advisor will provide you with a personalized report, including a checklist of recommended retrofits to improve the energy efficiency of your home and reduce water consumption. The report also shows the grant amounts you can receive by carrying out each eligible energy-saving improvements. Read carefully the recommendations found in your ecoENERGY Retrofit – Homes report. For more information about your report, consult your energy advisor.

  • 5. Homeowner responsibility

    To ensure grant eligibility, program participants are solely responsible for registering, researching program criteria, choosing eligible products, keeping receipts and meeting deadlines. This webpage does not detail all program requirements. For additional program information visit NRCan's website (FAQ).

  • 6. Eligible properties

    Visit the NRCan’s website (FAQ) for a description of eligible property types or to help determine if your home had a previous energy evaluation. Please note that it must be possible to perform a blower-door test in order to have an energy evaluation.

  • 7. Multi-unit residential buildings (MURB)

    In the case of multi-unit residential buildings (MURBs), visit NRCan’s Web site Grant Table for ecoENERGY Retrofit – Homes, and apply the appropriate MURB multiplier to the grant level for insulation and air sealing grants. For a detailed description of eligible MURBs and dwelling units, check the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section. Owners of multiple dwellings and MURBs could receive up to $1,000,000.

  • 8. Semi-Detached and Row House(s)

    In the case of a semi-detached or row house that is an end unit, the grant amount for the insulation of exterior walls, basement or crawl space walls is 75 percent of the amounts shown.

    In the case of a row house that is a middle unit, the grant amount is 50 percent of the amounts shown.

  • 9. Eligible measures

    Refer to NRCan’s Web site Grant Table for ecoENERGY Retrofit – Homes for links to lists of equipment indicated with a checkmark (√ list). Equipment must be new and not previously installed in another home or building.

  • 10. New construction - addition

    New construction is not eligible. Renovations that include an addition could reduce your grant amount for improvements implemented in the original portion of the house.

  • 11. Grants per replacement

    You can only receive one grant per eligible upgrade unless otherwise specified.

  • 12. New Installations

    New installations are not eligible in cases where improvements listed state "Replace."

  • 13. Replacement Equipment

    When replacing ANY of the equipment listed in this brochure, the new equipment must have an efficiency rating higher than that of the original equipment.

  • 14. Health and safety

    All upgrades or renovations must meet local codes and by-laws. Before undertaking upgrades or renovations, find out about the appropriate products and installation techniques to ensure that your home’s building envelope and indoor air quality will not be compromised.

  • 15. ENERGY STAR®

    For more information on "ENERGY STAR qualified products", visit www.energystar.gc.ca. The ENERGY STAR name and the ENERGY STAR symbol are registered trademarks of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and are used with permission by NRCan.

  • 16. Receipts and photos

    During your post-retrofit evaluation, provide your energy advisor with receipts for ALL purchases and installations of eligible upgrades, and keep these receipts for at least three years. Provide photos of work that is difficult to verify, such as insulation of walls or cathedral ceilings.

  • 17. Building Envelope Insulation

    When adding insulation to the building envelope, pay special attention to the type and placement of vapour barriers, and check your local building code. Visit oee.nrcan.gc.ca/retrofit/health for information on health and safety considerations when choosing and installing insulation. Insulation products must meet the applicable Canadian thermal insulation standard. “System values” or values of materials not tested to Canadian thermal insulation standards cannot be used for determining the amount of insulation added. Only Canadian thermal resistivity values (R-values or RSI-values) are accepted.

  • 18. Foundation Insulation

    When both a basement and crawl space are present, all applicable grants are pro-rated to a maximum of $1,250 based on the total wall area. If your house contains multiple foundations, the grant amounts shown will be pro-rated based on total exterior foundation wall area.

  • 19. Insulation RSI and R values

    Insulation value in RSI = R insulation value divided by 5.678.

  • 20. Oil-fired furnaces and boilers

    Unlike gas-fired equipment, installers can configure oil-fired furnaces and boilers on-site to meet the heating requirements of the home. The nozzle size (which affects the heating capacity), venting arrangement (side wall or chimney) and burner model are three important components that can change the AFUE efficiency and ENERGY STAR qualification. Before purchasing a new oil-fired furnace or boiler, ask your installer to verify with the manufacturer that the AFUE is based on your specific configuration (nozzle, venting and burner) and meets the grant eligibility requirements. Once installed, ask the installer to provide your furnace or boiler specifications (brand name, model number, nozzle rating in United States gallons per hour, heating capacity with installed nozzle, burner model name, venting arrangement and AFUE) with your invoice.

  • 21. Air-Source Heat Pumps & Central Air Conditioners

    When selecting a new ENERGY STAR air-source heat pump or central A/C, the complete system must meet the requirements in Table 1 below. The system is composed of a matched outdoor unit (condenser coil), indoor unit (evaporator coil or head in the case of ductless mini-splits) and sometimes a specific furnace. The installer must supply an invoice with all makes and model numbers including the AHRI reference number. When the AHRI reference number includes a furnace model, that furnace must be present at the time of the post-retrofit evaluation to qualify the ASHP or A/C for a grant. For ductless mini-split AHSP, at least one outdoor unit combined with one or more heads must meet the 12,000 BTU/hr requirements.

    Table 1: Minimum requirements for
    air-source heat pumps and air conditioners

    Type Seasonal Energy
    Efficiency Rating
    (SEER)
    Energy
    Efficiency
    Rating (EER)
    Heating Season
    Performance Factor
    (HSPF) for Region V
    Heating capacity (BTU/hr)
    1 Air-Source Heat Pumps 14.5 12.0 7.1 12,000
    2 Air Conditioners 14.5 12.0 N/A N/A

  • 22. Combined space and domestic water heating equipment

    Some manufacturers market their equipment as “combi” or “combo” systems (e.g., boilers that supply space heating and domestic hot water or instantaneous domestic water heaters that also provide space heating). Such equipment is considered as either a boiler, an instantaneous water heater or a condensing gas storage-type water heater. Eligibility is based on the NRCan list of qualified equipment in which the model number is found (e.g., if the equipment model number appears on the list of domestic water heaters, it will qualify as a hot water heater and not as a boiler). A combi or combo system cannot qualify for both the space heating boiler grant and the domestic hot water grant, and cannot qualify as an integrated mechanical system (IMS).

  • 23. Window, Doors, Skylights

    Windows, doors and skylights must be ENERGY STAR qualified and installed into a pre-existing rough opening in a wall or roof. Grant amounts are calculated per rough opening, not per number of windows, doors or skylights. A “rough opening” is defined as the structural framing in a wall or roof separating a heated from unheated space that creates an opening for the installation of a window, door or skylight. For example, a bay window with three window units installed into one rough opening is eligible for only one grant. “ENERGY STAR qualified” means that the model meets or exceeds the ENERGY STAR levels established for the climate zone where the model is installed. Each qualified model comes with a temporary label showing the appropriate ENERGY STAR climate zones. Do not remove these labels until after your post-retrofit evaluation. Visit NRCan’s website (FAQ) for more information on eligible models or to determine your climate zone. You can insert a qualifying window unit into the existing frame of an old window, but replacements of only the glass, sash or door without a frame are not eligible.

  • 24. Grant cheque

    Most homeowners receive a grant cheque from the Government of Canada within 90 days after their post-retrofit evaluation. NRCan also transfers data to complementary incentive programs in certain provinces and territories that issue cheques according to their own criteria and deadlines.

  • 25. Product Liability

    NRCan does not endorse the services of any contractor or any specific product and accepts no liability in the selection of materials, products, contractors or performance or workmanship.

Important update


Government of Canada ecoENERGY retrofit homes brochure 2011

Canada ecoENERGY grants!

Want more ways to make your home more energy-efficient? Reduce your energy consumption and receive grants through ecoENERGY Retrofit – Homes.

As part of the Government of Canada’s Economic Action Plan, the ecoENERGY Retrofit – Homes program was extended as of June 6th, 2011, to help homeowners cover the cost of making energy-efficiency retrofits to their homes. The expanded time-limited program includes $400-million in funding, which expires March 31st, 2012.

The "Grant Table for ecoENERGY Retrofit – Homes" above features the grant amounts provided by the Government of Canada’s ecoENERGY program. (Effective June 6th, 2011)

To download the PDF of the Grant Table for ecoENERGY Retrofit – Homes - click here

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