Helping Canadian homeowners make their homes more energy efficient. The Canada Greener Homes Grant will help homeowners save money, create new jobs across Canada for energy advisors and fight climate change.
Energy efficiency upgrades are changes or improvements made to a building or appliance that reduce the energy required to operate it while maintaining or improving its performance. These upgrades can range from simple changes like replacing incandescent bulbs with energy-efficient LED bulbs to more complex changes like installing high-efficiency HVAC systems, upgrading insulation, and using smart technology to monitor and manage energy usage.
The Canada Greener Homes Grant requires a pre and post-retrofit evaluation to qualify for the rebate. GreenThink Inc. is a team of qualified Energy Advisors registered with Natural Resources Canada, and your local Energy Advisor will conduct the evaluation.
Our energy advisor will review the scope, intent, approximate evaluation duration, and general data collection process. All data and photos collected during the evaluation are strictly protected within the guidelines of all applicable privacy legislation.
During the evaluation, you and the energy advisor can discuss any plans and priorities you may have relating to upgrades to your home. Once the evaluation is complete, you will receive your detailed renovation upgrade report, and you can decide which retrofits you wish to complete.
After the retrofits have been installed, our Energy Advisor will return and complete the post-retrofit evaluation. They will help you understand your improvements and compare test results based on their previous visit.
Your report is a personalized roadmap that includes
All products must be purchased in Canada. Online purchases are eligible only if ordered from an online distributor in Canada.
You must install an eligible product for some retrofits to receive a grant. Make sure you purchase and install products that are eligible for the grant.
Ensure that products meet Canadian product standards. Some products carry a compliance mark or stamp. Other products may have an evaluation number issued by the Canadian Construction Materials Centre.
We recommend having a licensed and trained professional working on your home whenever possible. Before you begin, know which retrofits require a licensed and trained professional and which are highly recommended.
The Canada Greener Homes Grant Initiative allows homeowners to increase their home insulation. This slows the rate of heat loss, resulting in improved energy use, and can help save money. The insulation’s resistance to heat flow is measured using both an R-value and an RSI value. R-value is the imperial measurement, and the Résistance Système International (RSI) value is the metric measurement. The higher the resistance value, the slower the heat transfer rate through the insulating material. Recommendations on insulation improvements and calculating your incentive will use these values.
Making improvements to reduce your home’s draftiness is the most important retrofit you can make. It should be considered first in any retrofit strategy. Your Renovation Upgrade Report will provide you with a target to improve the airtightness of your home.
There are several options for upgrading the energy efficiency of your windows and doors. A total window and frame replacement with new, high-performance ENERGY STAR® certified windows could make your home more comfortable, save energy, and help fight climate change.
Smart or programmable thermostats help improve your comfort, help you save on your energy bill, and reduce your carbon footprint. Choosing a smart or programmable thermostat allows you to automatically schedule temperatures to adjust to energy-saving time frames.
Furnaces and boilers are not eligible under the Canada Greener Homes Grant Initiative, except for homeowners living in northern and off-grid communities. Switch to more energy-efficient heating equipment, such as a heat pump, to save energy and reduce your utility bills and carbon footprint.
Many homes in moderate climates can rely on air-source heat pumps for heating or cooling year-round. More recently, a new generation of air-source heat pumps, often called cold-climate heat pumps, has been introduced to improve the performance of these systems in the colder temperatures of Canadian winters. Compared to conventional air-source heat pumps, this improved performance reduces the need for auxiliary heating sources. Ground source heat pumps are effective in all climates.
The Canada Greener Homes Grant Initiative offers a grant for installing a solar photovoltaic (PV) system (including panels and an inverter) that converts sunlight directly into electricity.
If you are in the process of making upgrades to your home, consider additional retrofits that could help protect your home and your family from environmental damage at the same time.
These Energy performance improvements can increase the overall comfort of your home, help reduce your utility bills, and help us improve the planet.