Start your home’s energy efficiency journey for $199

Start saving with upgrades like heat pumps, draft-proofing, and more. If your household is moderate income, you could qualify for up to $10,000 in rebates.


For $199, a Home Energy Advisor will identify where your home is losing heat, what you can do to improve it and what rebates and interest-free financing are available. 

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If you’re planning a major home renovation, you may be eligible for an interest-free loan of up to $40,000. Your application must be completed before renovations begin.

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Eligible moderate-income homeowners who are currently heating their homes with oil can apply to Efficiency Nova Scotia to receive a free energy assessment and additional rebates for energy efficiency projects.

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Upgrade your heat pump

If a new heat pump is on your renovation wishlist, use the Heat Pump Lookup Tool for eligible models before installing.

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Get Started with a Home Energy Assessment

You’re 6 steps away from a more energy efficient home.

Step 1

If your home is eligible, book an initial Home Energy Assessment with a Registered Energy Advisor.

If your household is moderate income (see chart below), you may qualify for a free Home Energy Assessment and additional rebates up to $10,000! Confirm your eligibility and fill out the application. Once approved, an Efficiency Nova Scotia Energy Solutions Advisor will contact you with next steps.

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Step 2

Review the custom recommendations from your Energy Advisor. You’ll receive an EnerGuide label and Renovation Upgrade Report tailored to your home.

Step 3

Plan your upgrades. Review the HEA Rebate Guide (PDF) to ensure you understand all program rules and equipment eligibility. If a heat pump is one of your recommended upgrades, look up eligible models with the tool below.

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Before starting renovations, homeowners who are eligible for the Canada Greener Homes Grant and who wish to make major renovations to their homes may be eligible for an interest-free loan of up to $40,000 through the Canada Greener Homes Loan to finance these renovations. For more information, visit the program’s webpage or begin your application.

Step 4

Complete your upgrades within 12 months of your assessment. 

Need help finding a contractor? Search our Efficiency Preferred Partner online directory to find a trusted professional.   

Step 5

Book your final HEA to assess the improvements to your energy usage.

Step 6

Receive your provincial rebate within 90 days of your final HEA. Federal rebates may take longer to process. If applicable, your Canada Greener Homes Loan payment will start once the work is complete.

Understand your eligibility based on income


This program is open to homes in Nova Scotia that are at least 6 months old, and for those who have not begun renovations yet.

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You may be eligible for a free HEA if you’re currently heating you home with oil and your household income qualifies as median or below, after taxes.

Eligible customers must demonstrate that they meet the moderate-income threshold by providing a copy of their most recent Notice of Assessment from Canada Revenue Agency.

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If your home is heated by oil and your household is at or below the median household after-tax income, then you may qualify to receive up to $15,000 to transition from oil heating to a whole home cold-climate heat pump system.

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Get an HEA for $199 or for free if you qualify

What’s included? The $199 fee covers the two Home Energy Assessments conducted by a registered Energy Advisor. A funding initiative from the Province of Nova Scotia and Government of Canada is available to help low- and moderate-income Nova Scotians. If eligible, this funding will cover the $199 fee.

Moderate Income Threshold for Free Assessment

Number of People Living in the HomeMaximum Annual Household Income
1 person$37,260
2 people$77,050
3 people$98,900
4 people$120,750
5 or more people$126,500

How much can you save with an HEA?

Homes Energy Assessment, Canada Greener Homes Grant*, Moderate Income Rebate, and Oil to Heat Pump Affordability (OHPA) program rebates can be combined. Please review eligibility criteria carefully, as they may differ between programs.

*The Canada Greener Homes Grant program closed to new applications effective February 12.

Ceiling InsulationUp to $750Up to $1,800$0
Exterior Wall InsulationUp to $1,500Up to $5,000Up to $2,000
Foundation InsulationUp to $1,200Up to $1,500Up to $1,500
Heat Pumps$300 - $600 per ton$2,500 - $5,000$1,000 to $3,000 per ton$15,000
Wood/pellet Burning Equipment$500 - $1,000$0$600
Solar Photovoltaic System$0Up to $5,000$0
Resiliency Upgrades$0Up to $2,625$0
Heat pump hot water Heaters$400$1,000$500
TOTALUp to $5,000Up to $5,000Up to $10,000

Regular HEAs are only completed by a Home Energy Advisor, please contact one from the lists below:

Enercheck Solutions
Qualified to assess multi-unit residential buildings.
Services Halifax and Hants counties only.

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Qualified to assess multi-unit residential buildings.
1-902-708-0447 (Halifax)
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Buildingexpert Consulting Services Inc.
Qualified to assess multi-unit residential buildings.
Excludes: Cape Breton, Kings, Annapolis, Lunenburg, Queens, Digby, Yarmouth and Shelburn counties
Book online

Greenfoot Energy Consultants
Qualified to assess multi-unit residential buildings.
Book online

Acumen Energy Consultants
Qualified to assess multi-unit residential buildings.
1-902-706-8098 (Halifax)
Book Online

Amerispec Home Inspection Services
Qualified to assess multi-unit residential buildings.
1-902-700-5341 (Halifax)

Clean Foundation
1-902-701-6918 (Halifax)

Homesol Building Solutions
Qualified to assess multi-unit residential buildings.
Book Online

Trinity Energy Group

Sustainable Housing
1-902-435-3637 (Halifax)

DOMTOR Energy Services and Consulting Incorporated
Qualified to assess multi-unit residential buildings.

Book online

Low- to moderate-income households can submit an application to receive an HEA for free. Once approved, a Program Navigator will reach out.

Government of Canada Delivery Partner of the Canada Oil to Heat Pump Affordability Grant in Nova Scotia