Making energy-efficient upgrades to your home has never been more affordable. With heat pump grants and rebates, you can install a heat pump in your home and get thousands of dollars back for doing so. The Government of Canada and Enbridge Gas are co-delivering these incentives so the application process is straightforward, but there are a few important requirements. We’ve made it even easier with this guide on how to apply for the Canada Greener Homes Grant and HER+ rebates.
What heat pump grants & rebates are available?
The Greener Homes Grant
The Canada Greener Homes Grant was created by the government of Canada to help homeowners reduce their carbon footprint and contribute to Canada’s carbon emissions reduction goals. Eligible households can receive up to $5,600 for installing an energy-efficient retrofit in their home, including heat pumps and smart thermostats.
Enbridge Gas has teamed up with the Canada Greener Homes Grant to co-deliver the Home Efficiency Rebate Plus (HER+) program. Through this program, eligible Canadians and Enbridge customers can qualify for up to $7,100 back on eligible ENERGY STAR® certified heat pumps.
How to Apply
It’s easy for Kitchener-Waterloo residents to take advantage of these heat pump installation grants and rebates. And now that the Canada Greener Homes Grant and HER+ program are being co-delivered, there’s only one application to fill out.
To apply for the grants and rebates, just follow these steps:
1. Check your eligibility.
The first step is to make sure you and your home are eligible for the rebates. You can visit the website or look at the list of eligibility criteria below. Also, check the eligible equipment. Only certain types of heat pumps qualify – but don’t worry, Delta can help you determine which eligible heat pumps would work for your home.
2. Schedule your pre-retrofit home evaluation.
Delta can help you arrange the required pre-upgrade home energy assessment with a Registered Energy Advisor. The advisor will do an EnerGuide evaluation of your home to determine which retrofits would help improve your home’s energy efficiency. The advisor can also help you get started on the application for the grant.
3. Have a licensed HVAC company install your heat pump.
A licensed HVAC contractor must complete the eligible installation within 12 months of your home evaluation. Be sure to keep all your paperwork and receipts, as you may be required to submit them following your upgrades.
*Keep in mind that you will not receive the grant money until after the retrofits and installations are complete. So, you will have to pay your HVAC contractor. However, there are options to make payment easier. For example, you could talk to Delta about financing. There’s also an interest-free loan that you can apply for through the Canada Greener Homes Grant. You could receive up to $40,000 on top of the grant money to help you pay for energy-efficient upgrades
4. Complete the post-upgrade evaluation.
After the installation is done, you have to have a Registered Energy Advisor come in and perform a post-upgrade home energy evaluation. During their evaluation, they will confirm that the retrofits were completed. This step is necessary in order to receive your grant money.
5. Receive your grant money!
The last step is to complete the grant request through the Enbridge portal and wait for your cheque to arrive! An accredited auditor can help, so you can be sure your application will be approved. Then, your funds will be sent to you. Note: it can take up to 12 weeks to receive your cheque.
Canada Greener Homes Grant
You may be eligible for the Canada Greener Homes Grant if you are:
- A homeowner in Canada (regardless of location in the country)
- Able to provide proof of primary residence
- The only member of your household to apply for this grant
All Ontario homeowners qualify for the HER+ program except:
- Owners not currently living on the premises and the home does not have an active Enbridge Gas account.
- Homeowners that have already started work on the upgrades before they conducted a pre-retrofit energy assessment.
- Homeowners whose home was built less than 6 months ago.
- Homeowners whose home is part of a cooperative or a multi-unit residential building (MURB) with more than 3 storeys or a footprint bigger than 600m2.
- Less than 50 percent of the building is residential living space.
- Homeowners who have already taken advantage of the Home Efficiency Rebate (HER) or Canada Greener Homes Grant (CGHG) programs and maxed out their rebates.
Apply with Delta’s Help
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by this or you’re not sure how to start, give us a call. Delta can help you arrange for your home energy evaluation, select an eligible heat pump, and professionally install the equipment. You don’t have to do it all on your own.
Want help applying for heat pump grants and rebates?
Delta Air Systems is an established heating company in the Kitchener-Waterloo region. And we’ve been installing, servicing and repairing heating and cooling systems since the 1950s and work hard to ensure complete customer satisfaction.