Unlocking the Power of the Home Efficiency Rebate Plus Program

The Home Efficiency Rebate Plus (HER+) is not just another rebate program; it’s a visionary initiative designed to make energy-efficient homes the new standard in Ontario. Launched by the Government of Canada in conjunction with Enbridge Gas, this groundbreaking program works harmoniously with the Canada Greener Homes Grant, allowing Ontario homeowners to benefit from both programs through a single application process.

Why Opt for Home Efficiency Rebate Plus?

This rebate program is about more than just savings—although the savings are significant. Designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase energy efficiency, the Home Efficiency Rebate Plus can provide rebates of up to $10,000 for eligible retrofits. It’s a win-win solution that not only lowers energy bills for homeowners but also takes a stride toward a more sustainable future for all.

But the benefits extend beyond just the individual homeowner. When communities collectively invest in energy-efficient upgrades, the environmental impact is amplified. Reducing energy consumption means less reliance on fossil fuels, which contributes to cleaner air and mitigates the effects of climate change. The program also stimulates local economies by creating demand for skilled labor in the green construction and retrofitting sector. This can lead to job growth in an industry focused on sustainable practices.

Energy-efficient homes are more than just cost-effective; they’re also more comfortable to live in. Improved insulation, air sealing, and smart thermostats contribute to a more stable indoor climate, reducing drafts and temperature fluctuations. This enhances the overall living experience, making your home a place to stay and a sanctuary where you can genuinely relax.

Lastly, the program’s partnership with the Canada Greener Homes Grant allows for a more streamlined application process. This makes it easier for homeowners to take advantage of multiple incentives, maximizing the return on investment for each upgrade. These factors make the Home Efficiency Rebate Plus an invaluable resource for those looking to make a long-lasting, impactful change in their home and community.

Eligible Retrofits: More Than Just Insulation

The program covers an array of retrofits aimed at energy efficiency. Homeowners can claim rebates for:

  • Home Energy Assessments up to $600
  • Home Insulation up to $10,000
  • Air Sealing up to $1,300
  • Windows and Doors up to $325 each
  • Space and Water Heating up to $7,800
  • Smart Thermostats up to $125
  • Solar Panels up to $5,000
  • Weatherproofing up to $1,625

Who's In? Home Eligibility Criteria

Almost all homeowners in Ontario qualify for the Home Efficiency Rebate Plus program, with a few exceptions:

  • Homes where the owner does not reside or have an active Enbridge Gas account.
  • Homes where retrofit work began before the pre-retrofit energy assessment.
  • Newly constructed homes less than six months old.
  • Homes that are part of a cooperative or multi-unit residential building (MURB) with specific criteria.
  • Homes where less than 50% of the space is residential.

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Navigating the Application Process

  1. Contact GreenThink Energy Advisors: The journey toward energy efficiency begins with scheduling an initial assessment. Contact GreenThink to book an appointment with one of the local Energy Advisors.  

  1. Receive a Detailed Report: After a comprehensive energy assessment, homeowners receive a detailed report outlining the most impactful energy-efficient retrofits.

  1. Complete Retrofits: Homeowners must complete at least one eligible upgrade to qualify for the rebate.

  1. Follow-Up Assessment: A second evaluation is necessary, and this can also be scheduled through GreenThink to measure the improvements made.

  1. Apply for Rebates: Homeowners can apply for rebates online once the final assessment is complete.

  1. Receive Your Cheque: After applying, expect to receive a rebate cheque within 16 weeks.

Seeking Guidance? Contact GreenThink!

Expert advice is just a phone call away for those who find the maze of retrofits, evaluations, and applications overwhelming. A consultation with an energy advisor from GreenThink can streamline the process, saving homeowners time and money. With detailed assessments and personalized recommendations, GreenThink ensures smooth sailing through the home efficiency rebate plus application process.

The Home Efficiency Rebate Plus program offers a unique opportunity to make homes more energy-efficient while reducing the carbon footprint and saving on energy bills. It’s a step toward a greener, more sustainable future, and there’s no better time to start than now. Don’t miss out on making your home a haven of energy efficiency. Contact GreenThink now to schedule your initial assessment. Your future self—and the planet—will thank you.

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