Greener Homes Grant: What You Need To Know

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The Greener Homes Grant is part of the Canadian Home Efficiency Rebate program. It offers more than 700,000 grants for Canadian homeowners who invest in energy-efficient and eco-friendly renovations such as installing a heat pump, getting a smart thermostat, upgrading your windows, and more. The amount you can get back from the rebate ranges from $125 to $10,000 depending on the renovation.

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1. What is the Greener Homes Grant?
2. How Can I apply for the Greener Homes Grant?
3. What is a Heat Pump? 
4. How Can Service 1st Help? 

Continue reading below to learn more about the Greener Homes Grant and how you can save more with a heat pump. Or, if you have any questions, contact the HVAC experts at Service 1st today! We’re located in Cambridge, Ontario and have been helping homeowners get greener homes for over 30 years.

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What Is The Greener Homes Grant?

The Greener Homes Grant is an amazing rebate system through the Government of Canada in partnership with Enbridge Gas. If your home is older than 6 months old, you may qualify for a retrofit rebate or loan. 

“The Canada Greener Homes Grant is being co-delivered by Natural Resources Canada and Enbridge Gas in Ontario under the Home Efficiency Rebate Plus (HER+) program. Grants are provided to eligible homeowners for recommended and eligible retrofits such as home insulation, windows and doors, heat pumps and renewable energy systems.”

– Natural Resources Canada, Ontario Applicants

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Note: The Home Efficiency Rebate Plus offers up to $10,000 for certain home improvements. 

The Greener Homes Grant allows Canadian homeowners to upgrade their existing energy systems in their home with new ones that are more environmentally friendly. This includes renovations such as adding new installation, installing a heat pump, replacing older windows and doors, and investing in other renewable home energy systems. 

How To Apply For The Greener Homes Grant

The Greener Homes Grant is in place for all of Canada, but some provinces have their own set of regulations and a separate application process. Click one of the links below to take you to your province’s Greener Homes Grant page:

Before you apply, you need to make sure that you are eligible for the grant. Many homeowners are eligible, including both Enbridge Gas customers and those who are not with Enbridge, off-the-grid communities with at least 10 dwellings and some low-rise multi-level dwellings. 

There are stipulations. You can check out all of the eligibility requirements from Enbridge Gas here. You can also check out the Greener Homes Grant FAQ here.

Ready To Get Started?

If you qualify and would like to get started, the first thing you’ll need to do is head over to the Enbridge Gas website. You will need to then have a pre-retrofit EnerGuide evaluation completed. A certified Energy Advisor will come to your home. The will first confirm that you are in fact eligible for the grant, and then they will conduct some tests. 

After that, you will be provided with lots of information about the energy-efficiency of your home. You will get a Renovation Upgrade Report that shows you which retrofits will most improve your home’s energy efficiency so that you can invest in the ones that are best for you and your family.

To see how the entire process works, check out the video below!

The Greener Homes Grant helps homeowners across Canada upgrade their homes

The entire process is designed to run smoothly. Natural Resources Canada wants homeowners to upgrade their homes as energy efficient homes means a cleaner, healthier Canada. 

Before diving in, it’s important to remember that this is a rebate program – this means that you have to pay for the evaluations, renovations, labour, and any other associated costs upfront and then once the renovations are completed and have been approved during your post-retrofit EnerGuide evaluation, you will receive your grant. 

If you need assistance paying for renovations, there is also a loan available of up to $40,000 to help ensure that this program is accessible to many Canadians across the country. Learn more about the Canada Greener Homes Loan here.

What Is a Heat Pump?

When looking into the Greener Homes Grant, you may have come across the term “heat pump.” While heat pumps are not necessarily new, they are a new idea to many homeowners across Canada. With the installation of a heat pump, you can receive a grant of up to $6,500! 

So, what exactly is a heat pump? A heat pump is actually an alternative to the traditional air conditioning system most homes currently have installed. A heat pump runs on electricity and it extracts heat from a low-temperature place (a source), and delivers it to a higher-temperature area (a sink).⁣⁣⁣ 

Unlike your AC or furnace, a heat pump can reverse! What does this mean? Well, it means that a heat pump can both heat and cool your home. This is an excellent way of  providing year-round comfort to you and your whole family.⁣⁣⁣

That’s interesting, but how does it work exactly? We mentioned that a heat pump draws from a low-temperature source. As the heat pump draws from the source, the temperature gets further reduced. If your home is the source, thermal energy will be removed, which in turn cools down the space. ⁣⁣⁣

This is how a heat pump operates in cooling mode – it is the same principle used by air conditioners and refrigerators. To heat your home, a similar process is used. As energy is added to a sink, its temperature increases. If the home is used as a sink, thermal energy will be added, heating the space.⁣⁣⁣

Learn more about heat pumps in the video above

Check out the video above to learn more about Bryant’s Evolution® System Extreme™ heat pump and all of the amazing energy-savings benefits you can see when you choose to install a heat pump in your home. If you want to learn more about Bryant’s products or why it’s a great idea to invest in a heat pump, contact Service 1st today. We are a Factory Authorized Dealer and have been helping homeowners across Cambridge and the surrounding areas improve their home HVAC systems for over 30 years!

Trust Service 1st To Help!

At Service 1st, our team of professional HVAC Technicians and staff are here to help you. It can feel overwhelming when you are looking into government grants, but we can help make the process go by smoothly for you! 

If you are ready to replace your old air conditioning system with a heat pump, we can help. At Service 1st, we only offer the highest quality Bryant products because we believe homeowners should always have the very best products available.

Now is the best time to choose a heat pump, as you will be eligible for the Greener Homes Grant! By choosing to work with Service 1st, we can help you install the Bryant Evolution Extreme 284ANV heat pump which guarantees that you will get the full $6,500 rebate!

Investing in a heat pump is an excellent way to bring year-round comfort to your family, reduce your energy bills, and know you are making an environmentally friendly decision that will help create a greener future! 

You can rely on our experience and expertise to help you with your new heat pump as well as many other HVAC product installations and services.

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Choose a Heat Pump Today!

At Service 1st, we have over 30 years of experience and a reputation of excellence in the Cambridge area. We are excited to offer Bryant heat pump installations so that you can qualify for the Canada Greener Homes Grant. When you choose a heat pump, you will:

✓ Use Less Gas in Your Home
✓ Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
✓ See Lower Energy Bills
✓ Get Both Heating & Cooling Benefits
✓ Qualify for the Greener Homes Grant*

* Most Ontarians qualify. To see if you are eligible for the Greener Homes Grant, click here

At Service 1st, we have been serving homeowners in Cambridge and the surrounding areas for over 30 years and have a proven record of excellence. Whether you’re ready to get a new heat pump installed, need an emergency repair, or simply would like to know more about your HVAC options, we can help.

We are a locally owned and operated business that prides itself on the highest quality work and installation of the highest quality products. We have received the prestigious Circle of Champions award from Bryant – an honour that highlights our commitment to quality, leadership, and excellence in the HVAC industry. We are an Elite Bryant Factory Authorized Dealer and offer our customers the highest quality products and services.

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“I found all service technicians very informative and very professional. I had the ducts in my house cleaned, my gas fireplace tuned up and a whole new furnace and heat pump installed. I would highly recommend Service 1st!!”

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