Canada is one of the greenest countries in the world. Our government has committed to reducing emissions by at least 40% between 2005-2030. Initiatives like the Canada Greener Homes Grant take us a step closer to meeting that goal.
In today’s blog, we're going to talk about the ins and outs of this initiative and how it impacts your heat pump installation and replacement costs. When you work with our team at Harmony Heating, we will help you navigate the entire process: from scheduling the energy audit to applying for the grant.
Why Install a Heat Pump?
Heat pumps use electricity to transfer heat between the outside air and your home. It takes the heat from a source, amplifies it, and then redirects it into your home to keep it warm. Calgary homeowners can use it to warm their homes in the cold Canadian winter climate. In fact, recent reports show that Canadians can save anywhere between $700-$3,500 annually by making the switch to using heat pumps.
Want to learn more about heat pumps? Read our blog on Heat Pumps 101!
What Is the Canada Greener Homes Grant?
The Canadian government is offering a $5,600 rebate for qualifying heat pump installations through the Greener Homes Grant program.
You can also get grants from $125-$5,000 to recover a portion of the costs of home retrofits. Retrofitting means making changes to building systems to make them more energy efficient, so there are many available eligible possibilities under this broad term.
Some eligible retrofits include but are not limited to:
Altering the building envelope
Installing solar panels
Fitting it with new mechanical systems like HVAC units
Correcting pre-existing problems with ventilation systems
Creating more home insulation to better resist heat flow
Who Is Eligible for the Grant?
Any Canadian homeowner can participate in this government program. However, you need to provide a property tax bill to prove ownership of the property. You also need a government ID to prove that it is your primary place of residence.
Note that only one member of a primary household can apply.
If you're unsure about your eligibility, you can check whether you meet the conditions on the Canadian government's website.
Landlords and renters are ineligible. Homes that were built fewer than six months ago also cannot apply for the program, though these homeowners can apply after the six-month period. You also cannot apply if you have already begun or finished the retrofitting process before getting an EnerGuide evaluation.
Applying for the Grant: A Step-By-Step Guide
To apply for the grant:
Once that's done, you'll have a greener home. You'll save money while doing your part to protect the environment.
Choose a Heat Pump and Unlock the Benefits of the Canada Greener Homes Grant
Those looking to install or replace a home heat pump can help the environment and save money on energy bills. The Canada Greener Homes Grant can help you through this process and provide you with the funds needed to install your new heat pump.
Harmony Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. is committed to helping you choose the perfect heat pump and install it at an affordable rate. We also offer hot water tanks and other HVAC services to provide you with holistic renovations. Contact us for a free quote!