Enbridge Gas’s collaboration with Canada’s Greener Homes Grant has resulted in a monumental effort to promote sustainable housing. This collaboration is designed to transform homes by providing rebates that are substantial for those who choose green retrofits. Retrofits include a variety of home improvements from the latest in insulation, energy-efficient doors and windows, to innovative heat pump systems and renewable energy setups. How does this initiative help the average Ontario resident in their daily lives? The Home Efficiency Rebate Plus Program ensures that residents are able to reap the benefits of energy saving. Enbridge Gas’ current customers can now enjoy rebates up to $10600. EnerGuide’s initial cost is a concern for some, but the program provides a rebate of up to $600. The Canada Greener Homes Grant is available in Ontario and even nationwide. The partnership with Home Efficiency Rebate Plus, in Ontario, serves as a streamlined channel, allowing homeowners to access both programs, regardless of their home heating method.
Canada Greener Homes Grant extends its funding to all Canadians who qualify. In Ontario, a unique collaboration between the HER+ and this grant streamlines the application. This allows homeowners to enjoy the benefits of both programs. It doesn’t matter what fuel they use to heat their home. Gas furnace owners in Ontario may be eligible for the Greener Home Grants. The Greener Home grants will upgrade your gas furnace to something more efficient while still keeping your home comfortable.
Heat pumps are devices that channel energy from the surrounding environment (whether it is from the air, the ground or both) for heating and cooling. Thermal energy moves naturally from warmer to cooler areas (for instance, in winter heat is emitted from an interior building and absorbed by the exterior in the summer). A heat pump uses additional electrical energy to counteract this natural heat flow. It transfers energy from one place that is colder to another. A heat pump transfers thermal energy instead of converting other energy sources into thermal energy like electric baseboards or gas furnaces. This results in a higher energy efficiency and could lead to cost savings as well as a smaller carbon footprint. Please refer to the following resources for more information on heat pumps. Air source heat pumps are a great option for homes with milder climates. They can be used to provide heating and cooling throughout the year. Air-source heat pump models, also known as cold climate heat pumps, have been improved to perform better during Canada’s cold winters. The increased efficiency of these heat pumps reduces the requirement for additional heating sources. Heat pumps that use ground-source energy are effective in any climate.
Consulting a contractor or energy advisor to determine the economic viability in your area of purchasing and operating a heat pump. Heat pumps can be more expensive initially due to the complexity of their system components and through the installation. However, in certain regions and circumstances, energy savings will quickly cover this initial cost. The payback period may be extended by different utility rates. Consult an energy advisor before purchasing a heat pump to ensure that it is right for you. Upgrade to energy-efficient water or space heating equipment. This will reduce your utility costs as well as your carbon footprint.