The Greener Homes Program has been available to Canadian homeowners for nearly a year now. With over 182,400 homeowners approved and well over a million dollars in reimbursements provided, the initiative has been largely successful in helping Canadians revitalize their homes and save them money on their energy bills.
If you are just starting to look into purchasing energy efficient windows and doors, this is a fantastic place to start! Outlined below are answers to frequently asked questions about the Greener Homes program as well as an extensive update on how the program has been improved and further implemented over the last year. We here at TriCity Windows and Doors are ready to assist you in every way possible in making your dream home a reality while saving you a few hard-earned dollars along the way!
What is the Greener Homes Grant?
Back in May of 2021, the Canadian government introduced a new program to incentivize the replacement of older windows and doors to make homes more energy-efficient. The Greener Homes program allows homeowners to revitalize their homes with modern windows and doors, making homes more comfortable, energy efficient and affordable to maintain while also supporting the Canadian government's environmental objectives. This initiative offers a free in-home energy evaluation as well as a grant of up to $5000.00 to cover the cost of the energy-efficiency upgrades. It also aids in creating new jobs across Canada for energy advisors, grows Canada’s domestic green supply chains and ultimately fights climate change. Most importantly, it saves you money in the long run!
Am I eligible for the Grant?
All homeowners in Canada regardless of where they live are eligible to participate in the Greener Homes Initiative. Only one homeowner per home can register and it must be their primary residence however.
The eligible property types include:
● Single and Semi-Detached Homes
● Row Housing
● All-season cottages
● Mobile Homes on permanent foundations
● Permanently-moored floating home
● Mixed use building (residential only)
● Small multi-unit residential buildings
What's in it for me?
Participants of the Greener Homes Grant are eligible to receive up to $5000 in reimbursements for upgrading energy inefficient windows and doors in their homes with an additional reimbursement of $600.00 for the audit process. Once customers have qualified, ordered the correct products, have had the installation completed, and the post-install evaluation completed, can earn a maximum of $250 per rough opening up to the provided $5000 reimbursement limit with an additional $600 reimbursed for the audit itself.
How do I register for the Program?
Signing up for and claiming the Greener Homes Grant is done in three easy steps, and not all at once either! Here is how:
Step 1: Get an EnerGuide energy evaluation
The first step to qualify for the Greener Homes program is to have an EnerGuide certified energy advisor do an energy audit of your home to diagnose the areas needed for improvements that will benefit your utility bills and your overall home comfort. The evaluation will include a thorough, room by room examination of your home.This must be done prior to any installation of new windows or doors.
Step 2: Work with your Sales Representative
The next step is to work closely with a sales representative to implement the measures identified by the energy auditor in the home energy evaluation to ensure your desired windows meet the requirements set out by the government of Canada.
Step 3: Schedule a Post-Installation Evaluation
Lastly, homeowners must have an EnerGuide certified energy advisor conduct a post installation evaluation on their home to calculate the improved energy efficiency.
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