Home Energy Upgrades

What are the qualifying home energy upgrades?

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To be eligible for the $1,600 Enbridge incentive, you must complete at least 2 of the following upgrades to your home. Plus, for a limited time, receive additional electric incentives. Your Registered Energy Advisor will also do an electric assessment to help you find additional ways to save energy and earn even greater incentives. See all the electric incentives here.

Upgrade your Air Conditioner to receive an additional $400 electric incentive.
Click incentives to learn more.

High-Efficiency Furnace, Boiler or Fireplace System*

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In Canada, nearly two thirds of the energy we use in our homes goes to space heating alone. If your heating system is older, then you’re definitely paying more in energy costs. It can also affect air quality in your home. Besides lower energy bills and reduced greenhouse gas emissions, installing a high-efficiency heating system will give you improved climate control and a more comfortable indoor environment overall.

*Newly installed furnaces must have an Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) of 95% or higher to qualify as a measure under the Home Energy Conservation Program.

LIMITED TIME ONLY: get bigger incentives for this upgrade.

Besides helping you earn $1,600 in Enbridge incentives, upgrading your heating system also automatically qualifies you to receive an additional $250 in electric incentives. That’s two incentives for the one upgrade!

Note: Converting from electric heating to natural gas would not qualify as an eligible measure through the Home Energy Conservation Program. Electrically heated homes can still participate in the Home Energy Conservation Program by taking advantage of other eligible measures such as Insulation, Air Sealing, Window Replacements and Air Source Heat Pumps.

High-Efficiency Water Heating System Installation*

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Canadians use an average of 75 Litres of hot water each at home every day – for washing dishes and clothing, cleaning and showering or bathing. 6 Next to home heating, water heating is typically the second biggest use of energy in the home <6, about 15 to 25% of a typical household energy bill. A high-efficiency or tankless water heater can significantly reduce your energy consumption, saving you money.

*Newly installed water heaters must have an efficiency rating of at 80% or higher to qualify as a measure under the Home Energy Conservation Program.

Attic Insulation

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Your attic is usually the coldest area of your house in the winter, and the hottest area in the summer.3 When heat escapes through your attic, this can cause melting snow on your roof, leading to ice dams and excessive condensation. 4 Attic insulation will prevent heated and cooled air from escaping through the top of your home. Adding attic insulation delivers the greatest return on investment for most Canadian homes. 2 You can reduce the heat loss through your attic by 75 to 80% with increased insulation. 3

Basement Wall Insulation

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Basements can account for about 20% of a home’s total heat loss. Contrary to popular opinion, earth is a poor insulator. 5 Since over half of your energy costs come from home heating, a properly insulated basement will help to prevent heat loss and keep that money inside. 4 Adding basement insulation will also prevent mold-causing condensation and make for a more comfortable living space.

Wall Insulation

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Your walls can account for about 20% of heat loss in your home.5 Better insulation helps to keep heat in during the winter and out during the summer, providing more comfort and lower energy bills. Insulation upgrades coupled with air sealing can help to optimize your heating and cooling equipment’s performance. Investing in better insulation could actually save you up to 50% in energy costs.

Exposed Floor Insulation

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Exposed floors are floors exposed to unheated spaces, such as the floor in a room over a garage. They are often poorly insulated. 4 Besides leaking air, exposed floors that contain plumbing can also run the risk of frozen pipes. 4 Adding insulation can prevent both heat loss and frozen pipes. Insulating exposed floors will also keep them warmer and provide a more cozy living space.

Window Replacements

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Many older homes have leaky, improperly sealed windows. These can increase your energy bills because of lost warmed or cooled air. Better windows will help to eliminate costly drafts, which can reduce your heating and cooling costs and improve home comfort. Older single-paned windows also don’t provide good insulation. Upgrading your windows will help prevent mold-causing condensation and will allow for solar gains, which heat your home, and solar shading, which cools your home.

Air Sealing

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When it comes to your energy bills, a drafty home can really cost you. That’s because your heating system needs to work harder to heat your home. 30% of heat loss in a typical home is through air leakage. Proper air sealing in places like windows, doors, electrical outlets and where walls and ceilings meet will “draft-proof” your home, increasing comfort and lowering energy bills.**

Drain Water Heat Recovery (DWHR) System Installation

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Drain Water Heat Recovery (DWHR) units work by “recycling” the heat from your waste water. DWHR preheats the water going into your water tank with warm water from the shower or dishwasher, so your water tank doesn’t have to work as hard. The heat is transferred but the drain water never mixes with the fresh water. 7 Your water heater will use less energy, for lower bills.

Air Source Heat Pump (ASHP) Installation

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For Homes heated with Natural Gas, Oil, Propane or wood

In Canada, nearly two thirds of the energy we use in our homes goes to space heating alone. If your heating system is older, then you’re definitely paying more in energy costs. An Air Source Heat Pump (ASHP) draws heat from the outside air during the heating season and rejects heat outside during the summer cooling season, saving energy and money. Besides lower energy bills, installing an ASHP will give you improved climate control and a more comfortable indoor environment overall.

Sources: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7