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New ecoENERGY rules allow emergency heating replacement

There’s nothing more inconvenient — or chilly — than a furnace or boiler that breaks down when you least expect it, and need it most.

Fortunately for Canadian homeowners who need an emergency heating system replacement, a new ecoENERGY policy lets the newly replaced heating system qualify for ecoENERGY grants, even if the homeowner has not yet had an official ecoENERGY assessment.

Emergency Heating System Replacement

The Emergency Heating System Replacement policy, in effect between October 15, 2009 and March 30, 2010, gives homeowners peace of mind — and up to $5,000 in grants and rebates from the Canadian government through NRCan’s ecoENERGY Retrofit- Homes initiative.

Ontario homeowners also receive matching rebates from the Ontario government’s Home Energy Savings program, for a total of up to $10,000 and more in combined grants and rebates.

If you’re already replacing your furnace with a high-efficiency model, you can improve its performance even more by improving your home’s insulation, air tightness and windows.
Peter Moffatt, President of Building Insight Technologies

To be eligible for ecoENERGY grants in connection with emergency heating system replacement, homeowners who replace their furnace, boiler or domestic hot water system under emergency circumstances must book their ecoENERGY assessment within five (5) calendar days of the new heating system’s installation. The certified ecoENERGY audit must take place within 30 calendar days of the new heating system’s installation. To qualify for grants and rebates, the replacement heating system must meet a minimum efficiency of 94% for gas, or 85% for oil.

Emergency circumstances include a situation where the heating system must be replaced because it stops working and cannot be repaired, or is deemed by the utility, service technician or building inspector to be unsafe to operate.

Grants + rebates

Energy experts encourage homeowners who have an ecoENERGY assessment in connection with an emergency heating system replacement to take advantage of Canadian ecoENERGY grants and provincial rebates, by doing more energy-saving renovations to their homes before they have their follow-up energy assessment.

The more work you do, the more grants you can get, and the more energy and money you will save in the long run.
Peter Moffatt, President of Building Insight Technologies

“If you’re already replacing your furnace with a high-efficiency model, you can improve its performance even more by improving your home’s insulation, air tightness and windows,” says Peter Moffatt, president of Vancouver’s Building Insight Technologies. “The more work you do, the more grants you get, and the more energy and money you save in the long run.”

After the initial energy assessment, which qualifies the new furnace for grants, homeowners can choose to make more renovations and improvements, including high-efficiency hot water heaters, energy-saving windows, insulation and even low-flush toilets. All of these improvements qualify for government grants, as long as the follow-up assessment takes place before March 31, 2011, when the ecoENERGY program ends.

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Grants + rebates

You can receive Canadian government grants + Ontario or BC rebates for a shopping list of home energy renovations.

And there’s more.

Government grants

Take advantage of Canadian government grant + Ontario or British Columbia rebate programs for your home energy renovations.

Government grants — conditions

Some conditions apply.

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Ontario rebates

Ontario homeowners can get cash back on their first ecoENERGY audit with a Home Energy Audit rebate from the Ontario government.

Canada ecoENERGY grants — Ontario

Ontario homeowners can qualify for tax-free rebates as part of the Government of Canada’s Economic Action Plan.

LiveSmart BC rebates

BC homeowners can qualify for tax-free rebates from the Government of British Columbia.

Home Renovation Tax Credit

Many Canadians use “tax credit” to describe government grant programs like Government of Canada ecoENERGY grants and LiveSmart BC rebates. The original Home Renovation Tax Credit (HRTC) expired in 2010.

Your advisor can help

By choosing a HomePerformance Energy Advisor to do your home energy audit, you’ll receive information on government home energy renovation grants and rebates, and other energy improvement incentives available in your area.

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Each Canadian home has its own specific energy-savings needs, and yours is no different. The right renovations add up to big savings. By following the expert advice of a Canada-certified energy advisor, you’ll make the energy renovations or "retrofits" that are right for your home — and help improve your energy costs and the Canadian environment.

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