NOTE: Unfortunately, this program was closed as of April 1, 2010. Only those homeowners who have booked their initial energy audit before that date (and have a “CID”) are eligible for this grant, as described below.
Homeowners qualify for significant grants for energy- and water-related renovations, and the value of these grants is doubled for Ontario residents. Homeowners begin by getting an energy assessment of their home (cost: $350-385), which will result in a detailed report indicating ways they can save money by renovating their home or replacing certain of their equipment (furnaces, insulation, windows, seals on doors and windows, toilets, etc.) with more efficient models. Fixed-rate grants are offered to subsidize the cost of whichever parts of the recommended work the homeowner chooses to do. Following a second assessment (after the work is done, but within 18 months of the first one), the homeowner receives grant amounts based on the changes they actually made, plus a grant to cover the cost of the second assessment. Then the homeowner benefits from the energy and water savings resulting from their renovations. (Until the end of February, 2010, they can also benefit from a Home Renovation Tax Credit).
Go to the Eco-Energy Retrofit--Home Grants web page for full information.