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Canada’s own “Cash for Caulkers”
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The United States’ proposed “Cash for Caulkers” program received a lot of attention when it was announced in President Barak Obama’s 2010 State of the Union Address.

But the idea of providing incentives to homeowners for making energy-savings improvements is largely a Canadian innovation. In fact, the Cash for Caulkers idea takes its cues from a highly successful Canadian initiative that has roots as far back as 1998.

The EnerGuide for Houses rating system, which measures a home’s energy efficiency, began in 1998 as a Canadian government initiative to help homeowners determine the best ways to renovate their homes for improved energy efficiency.

EnerGuide for Houses

In August, 2003, the Canadian government announced the EnerGuide for Houses homeowner grant program. To encourage homeowners to participate, the program gave grants of up to $3,348 per house to improve overall scores based on the EnerGuide scale of 0-100.

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Administered by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), the program used government-certified energy advisors to conduct assessments of individual homes’ energy efficiency, before and after the recommended improvements. Grants were based on the amount of improvement measured.

ecoENERGY Retrofit-Homes

Canada ecoENERGY grants

In May, 2006, the newly elected Conservative government ended the EnerGuide for Houses program, and replaced it with the ecoENERGY Retrofit-Homes program in January, 2007. This expanded energy retrofit program gave homeowners up to $5,000 in grants for specific upgrades, such as high-efficiency furnaces, hot water heaters and insulation.

In January 2009, ecoENERGY Retrofit received an additional $300 million to support an estimated 200,000 additional home retrofits.

In December 2009, the federal government allocated an additional $205 million from the Clean Energy Fund to finance up to an additional 120,000 retrofits.

And in the 2010 federal budget, Canadian Finance Minister Jim Flaherty announced an additional $80 million for the program, allowing another estimated 60,000 homeowners to receive energy improvement grants.

In addition, homeowners who have already received a grant through the ecoENERGY program can now receive additional grants for making further energy-saving renovations to their homes. Homeowners must contact their energy assessment service provider to re-register in the program, and must make their additional renovations and improvements before March 31, 2011.

Ontario and British Columbia

Ontario Home Energy Savings rebates Ontario’s Home Energy Savings Program, which received a $178 million budget increase in late 2009, continues to match federal ecoENERGY grant amounts for Ontario homeowners making energy-saving improvements to their homes.

LiveSmartBC rebates In British Columbia, the LiveSmart BC program provided provincial government rebates for 40,000 home retrofits. In August, 2009, the BC government announced that the LiveSmart BC program’s funding had been fully allocated. In its 2010 budget, however, the province announced an additional $35 million for the program.

Homestar — USA

In December, 2009, the United States began to follow Canada’s lead by proposing legislation to create a program that was quickly nicknamed “Cash for Caulkers.” The program, which was mentioned in U.S. President Barak Obama’s 2010 State of the Union address, offers immediate point-of-purchase rebates for energy-efficient products and services. It also offers up 50 percent immediate rebates (up to $1,500) for “Silver Star” energy-efficient renovations made to U.S. homes, and additional “Gold Star” rebates of up to $3,000 for meeting energy-savings targets as measured by home energy audits.

Home improvement work would need to be performed by certified contractors, and independent quality assurance would be required for the highest level of grants. The law enacting the program, the Home Star Energy Retrofit Act of 2010, has yet to be passed by the United States government.

For more about the ecoENERGY Retrofit-Homes initiative, the Ontario Home Energy Savings program, LiveSmart BC, and more local grants and rebates, or to book a qualifying home energy audit,
call toll-free: 1-877-732-9888.

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Grants + rebates

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

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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.

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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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