You’ve been thinking hard about the future …
And all the ways we can do our part.
Like improving the energy efficiency of your home and its resilience against climate change.
But the journey ahead is long,
And renovations can be stressful,
And how can you really know whether your retrofits will have long-term benefits and savings for your home?
That’s where we come in.
Participating in the Canada Greener Homes Grant process guarantees home energy savings.
While the Canada Greener Homes Loan helps to make your efforts even more rewarding.
Your journey begins by applying online …
Where you’ll need to select a service organization near you.
These companies have been certified by Natural Resources Canada to conduct EnerGuide evaluations.
They’ll connect you with an Energy Advisor to do a Pre-retrofit EnerGuide evaluation of your home.
The costs of these evaluations vary across Canada, so we suggest doing some research before booking.
Once the energy advisor arrives, they’ll confirm your eligibility and then run a series of tests.
Following the evaluation, you’ll get a homeowner information sheet and an EnerGuide label, with the current energy efficiency rating of your home.
You’ll also get a renovation upgrade report, so you can see which retrofits will improve your home’s energy efficiency and resilience.
Armed with this new information, you can be confident that your retrofits will make a difference.
Next you’ll need to decide which retrofits work best for your budget and renovation plans.
Keep in mind:
Only retrofits from the energy advisor’s report are eligible for a grant.
Any purchases you make need to be from a Canadian distributor and from our website’s list of eligible products.
And certain installations need to be done by a professional.
If you’re not sure where to start, our website can show you the maximum grant amount available for each of the retrofits in your plan.
And now that you’re considering which retrofits to complete, you might also wonder: “Do I need a loan?” so you can complete even more of the retrofits from your energy advisor’s report.
If you’re eligible, you can get an interest-free loan up to $40,000, that’s repayable over 10 years.
If you choose to go down this path, you’ll need to submit an application online.
Start by reviewing your energy advisor’s report and decide which retrofits need a loan.
Then, get at least one quote from a licensed professional for each retrofit you’d like to include in the application.
Finally, you’ll need to answer some questions online about your ability to repay the loan.
Keep in mind, you won’t be able to get the full loan amount until after you’ve completed all the work.
So you might want to consider asking for an advance.
To do so, you’ll need to add the total of your contractors’ deposits.
Remember to double check your information before you submit your application. You won’t be able to go back and add new retrofits later.
Now, you’re ready to start completing your retrofits!
Make sure to save copies of all your ‘paid in full’ receipts and invoices along the way.
If you’re getting a loan, you have 12 months to complete all the retrofits in your plan and request your final loan payment.
If you’re not getting a loan, you have up until March 2027 to complete your retrofits and submit your receipts.
Now it’s time for the most exciting part of all
(In our opinion anyway) …
To find out how much energy you’ve saved as the result of all your hard work and investment!
To do this, you’ll need to schedule a Post-retrofit EnerGuide evaluation, where an energy advisor will run another series of tests.
You’ll need to pay again, just like you did like last time, so remember to keep the receipt.
Your energy advisor will help you understand how much you’ve improved your home’s energy use, and give you an updated EnerGuide label with a summary of your improvements
Finally, your journey is almost over! And the last few steps are all done online.
Once your documents are uploaded, you can request your grant payment and your loan funding.
Your total grant could be anywhere from $125 to $5000, it all depends on the retrofits you completed.
And don’t forget you can get up to $600 back for your two EnerGuide evaluations!
Well done! Your grant money is on the way and you’ll receive an e-transfer for the loan.
Now all that’s left is to sit back and enjoy the comfort of your greener home and the peace of mind in knowing that you’re saving money and energy.