Home Energy Assessment

 

 

A Home Energy Assessment is the best way to discover how to save energy in your home. One of our energy advisors will come to your home and perform an EnerGuide evaluation, checking it over from attic to basement, looking at insulation levels, air leakage, and mechanical systems. The assessment typically takes 2 to 3 hours, and your energy advisor will help you with information and expertise along the way.

The EnerGuide for homes rating system is being used across Canada to help homeowners understand their energy usage and identify upgrades to help improve energy efficiency. Your home will get an EnerGuide label which includes a rating of its energy performance. You’ll also get a recommendation upgrade report that has prioritized efficiency upgrades that you can use as a road map to save energy and money.

 

Rebate Overview

UpgradeAmountDetails
Ceiling InsulationMax $750 RebateView Insulation Rebate Tab
Basement InsulationMax $1,200 RebateView Insulation Rebate Tab
Exterior Wall InsulationMax $1,500 RebateView Insulation Rebate Tab
Heat Pumps$300 - $600 per TonView Heating System Rebate Tab
Wood / Pellet Burning Equipment$500 - $1,000 RebateView Heating System Rebate Tab
Solar Equipment$400 - $1,000 RebateView Heating System Rebate Tab
Other Upgrades$30 - $300 Rebate View Other Upgrades Rebate Tab

 

Next Steps

Make your home more comfortable and energy efficient by keeping your valuable heat inside, with heat pumps, better insulation, draft-proofing, windows, doors, and other upgrades.

For $99, one of our Certified Energy Advisors will fully evaluate your home’s space and water heating energy efficiency – from the attic to the basement and everything in between – and provide you with customized recommendations to help you save energy and money.

 

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To get started, contact one of our partners.

 

Benefits

Think win-win-win. An energy efficient home is:

  • Less expensive to operate
  • More comfortable to live in
  • More environmentally friendly

Save your money: During the home energy assessment, your Certified Energy Advisor works like a detective – searching your home for any spot you can save money. On average, participants save about $800 a year.

Stay comfortable: Your heating system only turns on when your home gets colder. The better your home is able to retain heat, the less you have to pay. It can even help keep your home cool in the summer, increasing your home’s comfort level year round.

Save our environment: Because every kilowatt of electricity you use is up to 70% fossil fuel-based, any upgrade you make to your home is also an upgrade to our environment. Cutting your power use immediately cuts greenhouse gas emissions in Nova Scotia.

 

 

Funding for the program

This program receives partial funding from the Government of Canada’s $56 million-dollar commitment to Nova Scotia from the Low Carbon Economy Leadership Fund.  Efficiency Nova Scotia is administering the program for the Province of Nova Scotia.

 

 

Get Started

Follow these simple steps to ensure you’re taking advantage of the good things efficiency brings.

 

 

1. Book an initial Home Energy Assessment for only $99.

  • You have 12 months from the date of your initial assessment to complete your work and have your final Home Energy Assessment conducted.
  • Additional eligibility requirements apply.
  • Home Energy Assessments are $99.
  • To book an assessment, call an Efficiency Partner in your area:

 

Amerispec Home Inspection Services
Mainland Nova Scotia (excluding Cape Breton)
1-855-592-5633 or 902-700-5341 in Halifax area

 

Clean Foundation
Province-wide.
1-844-394-9972 or 902-701-6918 in Halifax area

 

Enercheck Solutions
Central Nova Scotia (excludes Cape Breton and Yarmouth, Shelburne, and Digby Counties)
1-844-256-7708

 

Homesol Building Solutions
Mainland Nova Scotia excluding Yarmouth, Shelburne, and Digby Counties
1-844-394-8564 or 902-701-9333 in Halifax area

 

Sustainable Housing
Province-wide
1-844-294-8243 or 902-700-8059 in Halifax area

 

Thermalwise
Mainland Nova Scotia (excluding Cape Breton)
1-855-758-7851 or 902-708-0447 in Halifax Area

 

Trinity Inspection Services
Mainland Nova Scotia (excluding Cape Breton)
1-844-326-6945 or 902-701-6788 in Pictou County

 

 

 

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Look for an official Efficiency Nova Scotia Partner ID Badge to confirm their identity when they arrive.

 

 

 

2. Review the recommendations from your Energy Advisor.

Approximately 2 weeks from your initial assessment, you’ll receive an EnerGuide label and a renovation upgrade report tailored to you and your home, with prioritized recommendations to help you save energy and money.

Choose the projects you’d like to complete; we can help you decide which ones are right for you.

If you have any questions during your project, feel free to contact Efficiency Nova Scotia. We will be happy to answer any questions you have and provide you with advice and guidance as needed, on topics such as:

  • How to use your upgrade report to its fullest;
  • Finding and working with a contractor;
  • Understanding the science behind energy efficient home renovations;
  • Identifying the upgrades and energy efficiency products that are right for you.

To contact Efficiency Nova Scotia, please call 1 877 999 6035 or email info@efficiencyns.ca.

 

 

 

3. Plan your upgrades.

Efficiency Nova Scotia can help cover the cost of upgrades with up to $5,000 in rebates and/or access to financing (on approved credit) up to $25,000.

  • If you’re interested in obtaining financing, please refer to our financing page for more information.
  • Otherwise, review your rebate guide, upgrade report, available budget, and start planning your upgrades.

 

 

4. Complete the upgrades of your choice.

Need help finding a contractor? Search our Efficiency Trade Network to easily connect with contractors through an online list, searchable by region, expertise and services:

Search our Efficiency Trade Network for a Contractor

Listed contractors are independent businesses that are solely responsible for the performance and quality of their work; Efficiency Nova Scotia does not guarantee and is not responsible for any work performed.

  • Keep all invoices and receipts of upgrades performed and take photos of work in progress.
  • If you need extra time to finish up your project, contact your Energy Advisor. They can grant extensions on a case by case basis. Participants who do not contact their Energy Advisor within 12 months of their initial assessment for an extension will be ineligible for rebates.

 

PLEASE NOTE:

  • It’s recommended that you contact your home insurance provider to ensure upgrades are covered by your policy.
  • For all upgrades, please ensure that you obtain all applicable permits and follow local building code requirements.

 

 

5. Book your final Home Energy Assessment.

Once all your upgrades are finished, book a final assessment with your Energy Advisor to verify all upgrades and update your home’s EnerGuide rating.

During the final assessment, your Energy Advisor will verify any upgrades you performed, and perform a blower door test to measure the change in air tightness of your home. You will also receive an updated EnerGuide rating and label to reflect the work you performed and the improved efficiency of your home. Your final Home Energy Assessment is included in the $99.

 

 

6. Receive your rebate or start your loan payments.

Rebates – Payments are made by cheque and are usually received within 90 days of your final assessment.

Financing – Submit all completed forms to us and we’ll finalize the loan. You’ll receive notification that your loan has been activated and your contractor has been paid. Your monthly payments will start 30 days after the signing of loan documentation.

Re-enrollment – If you’ve previously had a Home Energy Assessment and are planning more work in the future, you are welcome to participate again 6 months after your final assessment.

Financing

Are you interested in obtaining financing for your upgrades?

We work with financial lenders to offer financing on approved credit for loans from $2,500 up to $25,000.

PLEASE NOTE: for the interest rates listed below, Efficiency Nova Scotia  will still provide rebates on eligible upgrades.

 

LenderInterest RateTerm
CUA7.65%Up to 60 months
FinanceIt9.99% ($2,500 to $4,999) / 8.99% ($5,000 to $25,000)Up to 120 months

 

To apply, contact your energy advisor or call us at 1-877-999-6035 or email info@efficiencyns.ca.

 

 

Is your home heated with electricity?

For electrically heated homes, we also offer low interest financing in lieu of rebates as an option.

PLEASE NOTE: This low interest financing rate is in lieu of rebates. Rebates will not be paid if you choose low interest financing.

 

LenderInterest RateTerm
CUA4.49%60 months
FinanceIt4.99%60 months

 

To apply, contact your energy advisor or call us at 1-877-999-6035 or email info@efficiencyns.ca.

 

 

Insulation Rebates

Insulation upgrades are some of the best investments you can make in your home.

Following are important items to note for eligible insulation rebates:

  • Rebates are only available when at least 20% of the area is upgraded.
  • Rebates are pro-rated based on the percentage of the area upgraded (for example, if you upgrade 60% of your attic, you will be eligible for 60% of the rebate amount).
  • Homeowners must provide legible copies of receipts/invoices, and interior/exterior photos of all upgrade work completed, and new equipment installed.
  • For a semi-detached or end unit row house, foundation and exterior wall insulation rebates are 75% of the amounts shown. For a middle unit row house, rebates are 50% of amounts shown.

 

Ceiling Insulation

CriteriaStarting PointRebate
Increase 100% attic insulation to R-50R-12 or less$750
Increase 100% attic insulation to R-50Greater than R-12 and up to R-25$375
Increase 100% attic insulation to R-50Greater than R-25 and up to R-35$125
Increase 100% flat roof or cathedral ceiling insulation to R-10R-0$500
Increase 100% flat roof or cathedral ceiling insulation to R-28R-12 or less$750
Increase 100% flat roof or cathedral ceiling insulation to R-28Greater than R-12 and up to R-25$250

 

 

Foundation Insulation

CriteriaRebate Amounts
Add between R-10 and R-23 to 100% of basement foundation walls$600
Add >R-23 to 100% of basement foundation walls$1200
Add between R-10 and R-23 to 100% of crawlspace exterior walls$480
Add >R-23 to 100% of crawlspace exterior wall$960
Add >R-23 to 100% of floor above crawlspace$240

 

 

 

Exterior Wall Insulation

CriteriaRebate Amounts
Add between R-3.8 and R-9 to 100% of exterior walls$900
Add >R-9 to 100% of exterior walls$1500

 

Heating System Rebates

Space and Water Heating Equipment Rebates

 

Some rules to keep in mind when installing new heating, hot water, or solar equipment:

  • Rebates are not available for the replacement of working equipment. If replacing non-working equipment, please contact us prior to making your purchase to ensure the new system will meet all of our eligibility requirements. We must receive a letter/email from your contractor stating your old system was non-functional. Rebates on the new system will not be issued until that letter is received.
  • Participation in the Home Energy Assessment program precludes homeowners from receiving rebates for the same upgrades in other Efficiency Nova Scotia programs such as Green Heat. Only rebates from one program will be issued for any particular measure.

 

 

Heat Pump Rebates

System typeIncentiveEligibility RequirementsHSPF Region 4 (HSPF Region 5)SEEREERCOPInstallation Requirements
Ductless Mini-split Heat Pump$300/tonMust be on our cold climate heat pump list
efficiencyns.ca/minisplits
Must be installed by certified Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic (RACM)
Centrally Ducted Heat Pump$500/tonENERGY STAR® V5.0 or Newer≥8.5 (7.4 or greater)≥15.0≥12.5N/AMust be installed by certified Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic (RACM)
Air-to-Water Heat Pump$500/tonCSAC656-05 or ANSI/AHRI210/240-1994 or equivalent≥8.5 (7.4 or greater)≥15.0≥12.5N/AMust be installed by certified Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic (RACM)
Geothermal Heat Pump$600/tonENERGY STAR® V3.0 or NewerN/A≥16.0≥15.03.1Must be installed by certified Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic (RACM)
Heat Pump Water Heater$400ENERGY STAR® V3.0 or NewerN/AHeat Pump Water Heater must be installed by certified plumber.
DEFINITIONS:
1 Refrigeration ton = 12000 Btu
HSPF: Heating Seasonal Performance Factor
SEER: Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio
EER: Energy Efficiency Ratio
COP: Coefficient of Performance
Please Note: Nova Scotia is located in climate region 5, however most manufacturers produce system specification for climate Region 4 (U.S.).

 

Wood / Pellet Burning Equipment Rebates

Wood Burning EquipmentIncentivesCertification RequirementsEmissions RequirementsInstall Requirements
Wood Stove or Fireplace Insert$500/UnitCSA-B415.1-10 or US EPA CRF Part 60 AAAEPA or CSA emissions of < 4.5 g/hr. or < 0.40g/MJ for TPMMust be inspected and approved by a WETT Certified Inspector or installed by a Wood Energy Technology Transfer (WETT) Certified Installer
Pellet Stove or Fireplace Insert$500/UnitCSA-B415.1-10 or US EPA CRF Part 60 AAAEPA or CSA emissions of < 4.5 g/hr. or < 0.40g/MJ for TPMMust be inspected and approved by a WETT Certified Inspector or installed by a Wood Energy Technology Transfer (WETT) Certified Installer
Wood Boiler or Centrally Ducted Forced Air Furnace$1,000/UnitCSA-B415.1-10 or US EPA CRF Part 60 AAAEPA or CSA emissions of < 4.5 g/hr. or < 0.40g/MJ for TPMMust be inspected and approved by a WETT Certified Inspector or installed by a Wood Energy Technology Transfer (WETT) Certified Installer
Pellet Boiler or Centrally Ducted Forced Air Furnace$1,000/UnitCSA-B415.1-10 or US EPA CRF Part 60 AAAEPA or CSA emissions of < 4.5 g/hr. or < 0.40g/MJ for TPMMust be inspected and approved by a WETT Certified Inspector or installed by a Wood Energy Technology Transfer (WETT) Certified Installer

 

Solar Thermal Equipment Rebates

System TypeIncentivesCertification RequirementsEmissions RequirementsInstall Requirements
Solar Thermal: Air to Air$400/SystemCSA Class 2831-06, 2831-07, 2831-30, 2831-37 or Class 8854 (Previously CSA F378/F379)System Installation: must be designed for heating season operation and installed according to best practice and manufacturer's instructionN/A
Solar Thermal: Domestic Hot Water$1,000/SystemCSA Class 2831-06, 2831-07, 2831-30, 2831-37 or Class 8854 (Previously CSA F378/F379)System Installation: must be designed for year round operation and installed according to best practice and manufacturer’s instructionsMinimum R3 on all piping connecting the solar storage tank to the solar collector(s) and existing water heater

Other Rebates

Eligible UpgradeRebateRequirements
Air Sealing$200Achieve the air sealing target identified in your report
Windows, doors & skylights$30/rough openingENERGY STAR® qualified unit rated for climate zone 2
Basement header insulation$150Add at least R-20 to 100% of the basement headers
Exposed floor insulation$200Add at least R-20 to 150 square feet or more exposed floor
Basement slab insulation$200Add at least R-3.8 of insulation to 100% of the basement slab
Drain water heat recovery$200Install a unit with greater than or equal to 42% efficiency
Heat recovery ventilation (HRV only)$300Install an HVI certified HRV (may replace a non-HVI certified HRV)

 

Eligibility

Home Eligibility

 

We can help with rebates and/or financing if your home meets the following conditions:

  1. Is located in Nova Scotia
  2. Is at least 6 months old from the date on the occupancy permit
  3. Is at least one of the following categories:
    1. Single-family homes
    2. Semi-detached homes (i.e. duplex)
    3. Side-by-side row homes (i.e. townhouse)
    4. Homes with two or less units that share a common passageway
    5. Year-round cottages
    6. Mobile homes on a permanent foundation
  4. Has all interior and exterior finishes in place (including, for example, siding and drywall) and has a functioning automated heating system.

Product Eligibility

  • Upgrades must be purchased and installed after the date of the initial assessment.
  • Participation in the Home Energy Assessment program precludes homeowners from receiving rebates for the same upgrades in other Efficiency Nova Scotia programs (such as Green Heat). Only rebates from one program will be issued for any upgrade.

Insulation

  • Rebates or financing are only available when you insulate at least 20% of that component. For example, if you only upgrade 18% of your basement foundation wall area, no rebate will be paid.
  • Rebates are pro-rated based on the percentage of the building component area insulated. For example, if you only upgrade 50% of your attic, you will receive 50% of the rebate.
  • When the roof consists of more than one type (i.e. attic, cathedral ceiling, and/or flat roof), ceiling rebates are pro-rated based on the overall ceiling area and roof type. For example, insulating two ceiling types does not result in obtaining the maximum rebate for each ceiling type.
  • For a semi-detached or end unit row house, foundation and exterior wall rebates are 75% of the amounts shown. For a middle unit row house, rebates are 50% of the amounts shown.
  • Foundation rebates are pro-rated based on the overall percentage of basement wall area insulated. When both a basement and crawlspace are insulated, rebate amounts are combined to a maximum of $1,200.

Heating, Hot Water, and Solar Equipment

Ductless Mini-split Heat Pumps

  • Must be on the Efficiency Nova Scotia Cold Climate Heat Pump product list: efficiencyns.ca/minisplits.
  • All units on this list meet the following eligibility criteria:
  • Single zone system Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF) for Region 4 ≥ 11.00 (Equivalent to region 5 HSPF ≥ 9.565)
  • Multi zone system HSPF for Region 4 ≥ 10.0 (Equivalent to region 5 HSPF ≥ 8.696)
  • ENERGY STAR (version 5.0) qualified
  • The Coefficient of Performance (COP) at maximum capacity operation for -15°C outdoor temperature & 21°C indoor temperature must be ≥ 1.75

 

Centrally Ducted Heat Pump

  • Only ENERGY STAR (Version 5.0) qualified heat pumps are eligible.

 

Air-to-Water Heat Pumps

  • All air-to-water heat pumps must be third-party tested to CSAC656-05 or ANSI/AHRI 210/240-1994 (EER) or equivalent.
  • Air-to-water systems must meet the following efficiency requirements:
  • Split System
    • SEER greater or equal to 15.0
    • EER greater or equal to 12.5
    • HSPF Region 4 (US) greater or equal to 8.5
    • HSPF Region 5 (Canada) greater or equal to 7.4
  • Single Package
    • SEER greater or equal to 15.0
    • EER greater or equal to 12.0
    • HSPF Region 4 (US) greater or equal to 8.2
    • HSPF Region 5 (Canada) greater or equal to 7.1

 

Ground Source Heat Pumps

  • The system must be installed and certified by a Canadian Geoexchange Coalition (CGC) qualified installer.

 

Wood and Pellet Stoves and Furnaces

  • Eligible wood/pellet equipment must meet either the CSA-B415.1-10 or the US EPA 40CFR Part 60 AAA standard. All wood/pellet stoves must be EPA or CSA certified with emissions rating of ≤ 4.5 g/hr for total filterable particulate matter(TPM). All wood/pellet furnaces or boilers must be EPA or CSA certified with emissions rating of ≤ 4.5 g/hr or ≤ 0.40g/MJ for TPM. For a list of potential equipment, visit EPA’s website.
  • All wood/pellet systems must be installed by a Wood Energy Technology Transfer (WETT) certified professional that has either “Technician” or “Sweep” certification. Alternatively, an installation can occur by a non-WETT certified installer, however the entire system must be subsequently inspected and approved by a WETT certified inspector.
  • Outdoor wood/pellet furnaces or boilers are not eligible for rebates or financing.

 

Hybrid Heat Pump Water Heaters

  • The hybrid heat pump water heater must be ENERGY STAR certified.
  • The equipment must be in a room at least 1,000 ft3 in volume (roughly 12ft x 12ft).

 

Solar Systems

  • All solar collectors (both Air and Domestic Hot Water) must be certified under one of the following CSA classes:
    • CSA Class 2831-06, 2831-07, 2831-30 or 2831-37
    • CSA Class 8854 (Previously CSA F378/F379)
  • Qualified Solar Domestic Hot Water Systems can be found at Natural Resources Canada’s website – Performance Directory of Solar Domestic Hot Water Systems.
  • The Solar Domestic Hot Water System is designed for year-round operation for domestic water use (although other applications may be incorporated into system design e.g. space heat).
  • The equipment is installed according to industry best practice and manufacturer’s instructions.
  • A minimum of R-3 pipe insulation is installed on:
    • The first 3 metres (10 feet) of the cold and the full length of hot water piping (if accessible) connected to the
      conventional water heater.
    • All piping connecting the solar storage tank to the solar collector.
    • All piping connecting the solar storage tank to the conventional water heater.

 

Air Sealing

  • Achieve the air sealing target identified in your renovation upgrade report to be eligible for the rebate.

 

Windows, Doors & Skylights

  • Please note that windows, doors & skylights are not eligible for low interest financing. In the event that you decide to finance other upgrades and still install eligible windows, doors or skylights, they will be eligible for rebates.
  • Windows, doors, and skylights that are ENERGY STAR qualified for climate zone 2 (previously climate zone B), and which are installed into pre-existing rough openings are eligible for rebates.
  • Each qualified model comes with a temporary label/sticker showing the appropriate ENERGY STAR climate zones. Keep these stickers on the windows/doors until your final Home Energy Assessment is complete.
  • Rebate amounts are calculated per rough opening, not per number of windows. For example, a bay window with three window units installed into one rough opening is eligible for only one rebate.
  • Inserting an ENERGY STAR qualified window unit into the existing frame of an old window qualifies for rebates, however, replacing the glass, sash, or door without a frame is not eligible for rebates.

 

Basement Header Insulation

  • Add ≥R-20 to 100% of basement headers.

 

Exposed Floor Insulation

  • Add ≥R-20 to at least 150 square feet of exposed floor area (e.g. floor over an unheated garage).

 

Basement Slab Insulation

  • Add at least R-3.8 of insulation to 100% of the basement slab.

 

Drain Water Heat Recovery

  • The equipment must have a heat recovery efficiency of greater than or equal to 42% as determined by an independent testing facility.
  • Qualified drain water heat recovery systems can be found at Natural Resources Canada’s website.

 

Heat Recovery Ventilation

  • Certified by the Home Ventilating Institute (HVI) as a heat-recovery ventilator (HRV) or energy-recovery ventilator.
  • If replacing pre-existing air exchanger, the HVI certified HRV must replace a non-HVI certified HRV.

 

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