New furnace provides savings
Gerald Cadieux and
his wife have lived in their
two-storey Ottawa home for 32
years, so they know furnaces don’t last
as long as houses. And since they’ve had
a few furnaces over the years, they’ve noticed that,
strangely enough, “furnace problems tended to arrive
at times when I was absent,” says Cadieux.
When their most recent annual furnace inspection
revealed problems with their 13-year-old furnace,
the Cadieuxs decided to ask their Ottawa furnace
contractor to replace it with a new one. The
contractor suggested a new high-efficiency
furnace would help them save energy and money.
Ottawa, Ontario - 1968
Their furnace contractor explained that a new
high-efficiency furnace might cost more to
begin with, but government grants for
energy-saving renovations, combined with
the actual energy savings that come with
greater furnace efficiency, help offset that
cost. “Take the furnace people’s advice,”
says Cadieux. “They have knowledge about the
availability of audits and grants.”
Home energy audit
The furnace contractor reminded Cadieux that to
be eligible for government grants under the
initiative, homeowners must have an
energy audit conducted by a certified Home Energy Advisor before
beginning any energy-saving renovations
or improvements on their homes.
Cadieux quickly contacted an Ontario Home Energy
Advisor to do the energy assessment and get his grant
A home energy assessment is a detailed audit of a
home’s energy use patterns. It provides an initial
file of information about a home, which is used as a
starting point to measure improvements. The energy
assessment was “an easy process,” says Cadieux,
and the Home Energy Advisor himself was
“informative and helpful” as he went about
measuring the home’s energy use.
Thanks to the energy assessment, Cadieux learned
about the various ways he could save energy with
renovations and improvements to his Ottawa home.
He also learned about how much money he could save on
his home heating costs, and found out about hundreds
of dollars in government grants and rebates for
Energy savings and security
Cadieux says Canadians should take advantage
of the grants and rebates available through the
Canadian government’s ecoENERGY program.
Besides giving Canadians money to make their homes
more comfortable and energy efficient, it makes
people more aware of the environment. “It’s
to everyone’s benefit to improve the outside air as
well as the inside air, and to have a better
lifestyle,” he says.
But the best part? Knowing his wife won’t
have to worry about anything going wrong with
the furnace next time he’s out of town.
- Energy grants on this site have expired
- To find current rebates,
click here or
- To find energy raters,
click here or
HomePerformance has temporarily suspended our energy audit service.*
Ottawa homeowners can choose from a shopping
list of renovation grants from the Government
Ottawa homeowners can also get ...
And there’s more.
Take advantage of Government of Canada ecoENERGY grants
for home energy renovation in Ottawa:
Canada ecoENERGY —
Ottawa homeowners can get up to
$5,000 from the Canadian government
for home energy renovations
through the ecoENERGY Retrofit – Homes program,
which is in effect until March 31, 2012.
Click here for more
Home Energy Audits —
To qualify for Government of Canada ecoENERGY grants,
Ottawa homeowners must get a home energy audit
before and after
their attic and roof insulation improvements.
Get up to $150 cash back on the cost of your
first energy audit with rebates
from the Ontario government’s Home Energy Audit program.
Click here for more
Home Renovation Tax Credit —
Many homeowners in Ottawa use “tax credit”
to describe a grant program like Canada ecoENERGY grants.
The original Home Renovation Tax Credit
(HRTC) expired in 2010.
With today’s 2011 “tax credit” programs
there’s no need to wait until you’ve filed
your annual income tax return to receive a home renovation tax credit.
Your tax-free grant money will be sent within 90 days of
your follow-up energy audit.
Click here for more
Enjoy all the benefits
Do it right
Each Ottawa home has its own specific
and yours is no different. The right renovations
add up to big savings. By following the expert
advice of a certified Ontario energy advisor,
you’ll make the energy renovations or "retrofits"
that are right for your Ottawa home — and help improve
your energy costs and the Ottawa, Ontario environment.
Energy renovations help ...
- Save energy —
Your Ottawa home won’t need as much energy to stay
- Save money —
Less energy used = lower energy costs for you.
Grants + Rebates —
Qualify for tax-free government grants for home
energy renovation, sent directly to you.
And that’s not all.
Here are more benefits ...
- Greater comfort –
Your home will be warmer in Ottawa winters,
cooler in Ottawa summers.
- Better health –
You’ll eliminate indoor health concerns like
chills and drafts, and keep your home free of airborne
pollutants and pollen.
- Increased home value –
By making energy renovations, you’ll
increase the resale value of your Ottawa home. An
official Canada EnerGuide label proves you’ve done
- Simpler home maintenance –
No more scrubbing moldy windowsills! Keep airborne dust
and dirt outside where it belongs.
When you improve your home in Ottawa, you also make a difference
to the rest of the world. You’ll help address important
global issues like ...
Climate change –
Energy renovations help reduce your
home’s greenhouse gas emissions, while protecting
you from the effects of climate change and extreme
Energy security –
By reducing your Ottawa home’s energy use,
you’ll be less deeply affected by energy price fluctuations
and supply interruptions.
And there’s even more. Click here to learn how
homeowners like you are saving thousands of
dollars and tonnes of greenhouse gases every year,
by making the right energy-saving home renovations.
Ottawa Ontario homeowners can make a difference.
Learn more about
Renovation Rebates in Ottawa Ontario ...
To qualify you need a Ottawa
home energy audit before your renovations.
[ Back to