Greener Homes Grant FAQ

 

1. What is Greener Homes?

  • The Greener Homes initiative offers grants of up to $5,000 to help homeowners make energy efficiency retrofits to their homes. To qualify, Canadians must obtain an EnerGuide assessment prior to installing any upgrades.
  • The Canada Greener Homes Grant is retroactive to December 1st 2020, provided homeowners completed their pre-retrofit evaluation on or after April 1, 2020. Only upgrades installed on or after Dec 1, 2020 are eligible for rebates.
  • If your pre-retrofit assessment was conducted before April 1, 2020 you will need to book a new assessment.
  • More details on the federal grants are available here: https://www.nrcan.gc.ca/science-and- data/funding-partnerships/funding-opportunities/funding-grants-incentives/greener- homes/23230

 

2. What if my EnerGuide evaluation was conducted before April 1, 2020?

  • If you conducted an EnerGuide evaluation on your home before April 1, 2020 – you will need a new evaluation.

 

3. What eligible upgrades are included?

  • Eligible upgrades include: home insulation, windows and doors, solar panels, heat pumps, and smart thermostats. A full list of eligible upgrade categories, specific models eligible and additional details on the program are available on the Canada Greener Homes Grant website.
  • To be eligible for reimbursement, homeowners must conduct at least one home upgrade that is both recommended by an energy advisor and on the list of eligible activities. Canadians will receive their grant once the post-retrofit EnerGuide evaluation has been completed.

 

4. Who is eligible to apply for a retrofit grant?

  • Canadian homeowners with a property in Canada are eligible for an EnerGuide evaluation and can apply for the Canada Greener Homes Grant. Homeowners will be required to provide documentation demonstrating that the property where the upgrades are to be completed is their primary residence.
  • Landlords are not eligible for the Canada Greener Homes.
  • The Canada Greener Homes Grant is retroactive to December 1st 2020, provided homeowners completed their pre-retrofit evaluation on or after April 1, 2020. Only upgrades installed on or after Dec 1, 2020 are eligible for rebates.
  • If your pre-retrofit assessment was conducted before April 1, 2020 you will need to book a new assessment.
  • New Program Registrants: To book a Home Energy Assessment, please contact one of our approved Energy Advisors (direct them to this list).
  • Current Program Registrants: If you’ve already booked your Home Energy Assessment, are on a waiting list to receive an assessment once COVID restrictions are lifted, or have already completed your pre-retrofit assessment, you will be automatically registered for the federal Greener Homes grants. Remember to keep all receipts for any upgrades you complete prior to your post-retrofit assessment. Please note: if your pre-retrofit assessment was conducted before April 1, 2020 you will need to book a new assessment. Remember to keep all receipts for any upgrades you complete prior to your post-retrofit assessment.
  • Past Program Registrants: If you installed eligible upgrades after December 1, 2020 and have already completed your post-retrofit assessment, you will be contacted to confirm your eligibility for Greener Homes grants.

     

    5. How do Nova Scotian homeowners participate in the Canada Greener Homes Grant?

    • In Nova Scotia, the Greener Homes initiative will be available as part of Efficiency Nova Scotia’s Home Energy Assessment program. This means anyone who enrolls in the Home Energy Assessment (HEA) program will automatically be registered for the federal Greener Homes program.
    • Efficiency Nova Scotia will be contacting past HEA participants who may be eligible for retroactive grants. Customers can also contact us directly at info@efficiencyns.ca

     

    6. How long will it take to be reimbursed?

    • Homeowners will be reimbursed when all steps of their home retrofit journey are complete, which includes the pre-and post-retrofit evaluations/assessments.
    • Payments are issued after NRCan approves your post-retrofit evaluation report (with your final receipts and documentation) your Energy Advisor submitted to NRCan. The COVID-19 pandemic may impact timelines.

     

    7. Will homeowners be reimbursed for the $99 Home Energy Assessment?

    • No. Efficiency Nova Scotia provides a discount of more than 80% on the cost of your energy assessments to reduce upfront costs and help make the program accessible to a wider range of homeowners.

     

    8. The Greener Homes website states that a homeowner can get a grant of up to $5,000 , but they can only get a portion of that for each eligible upgrade (e.g., new windows). Why isn’t the government providing the full $5,000?

    • A maximum reimbursement amount for each eligible upgrade activity (e.g., insulation, doors and windows, solar panels) has been set to incentivize homeowners to undertake upgrades that result in higher levels of energy savings.
    • Canadians who complete a number of different home upgrades can benefit from a total reimbursement of up to $5,000 or they can reach that total through a single upgrade such as a heat pump or the installation of solar panels.

     

    9. Can a homeowner can go through Greener Homes more then once? Is there an end date or until they exhaust the $5000?

    • A homeowner can go through more than once until they have exhausted the maximum $5000 in rebates.

     

    10. Can the Greener Homes heat pump rebate go to the contractor who is offering financing to the customer?

    • No, the rebate can not go to the contractor, it will always go to the homeowner.

     

    11. Can the Greener Homes Grant be stacked with other rebates already in place?

    • We’re still working with Natural Resources Canada on the rollout of Greener Homes grants in Nova Scotia. The new grants will only be available through the Home Energy Assessment program and we expect most to be stackable with our existing program rebates in the Home Energy Assessment program.

     

    12. What if I don’t want to wait for an assessment?

    • An assessment is the best way to know which upgrades will result in the most savings for your home. Nova Scotians can still access rebates for upgrades like heat pumps and solar PV systems through other Efficiency Nova Scotia programs without obtaining an EnerGuide assessment.
    • On solar: Nova Scotians can choose to participate in either the Home Energy Assessment program to receive a rebate capped at $1.00/Watt up to $5,000 OR the SolarHomes program to receive a rebate capped at $0.60/Watt up to 25% of eligible system costs (excluding HST) or $6,000 whichever is less.

     

    13. Can I do SolarHomes and still go through HEA for other upgrades?

    • Yes. Nova Scotians who participate in the SolarHomes program are still eligible to participate in the Home Energy Assessment program to receive provincial and federal rebates for other efficiency measures, such as insulation.

     

    14. With COVID-19, what steps will be taken to ensure that homeowners are kept safe and healthy given energy advisors will be entering their homes?

    Along with maintaining social distancing between staff and customers, we have put additional health measures in place to keep each other safe:

    • Screening for symptoms and other health-related safety considerations before making a visit to your home or business;
    • Ensuring gathering limits are followed where social distancing cannot be maintained due to location size;
    • Wearing non-medical masks and gloves while working in your home or business;
    • Mandatory training on proper procedures to put on and remove non-medical masks and gloves;
    • Using hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes and cleaners;
    • Frequent cleaning of equipment and high touch areas of vehicles; and
    • Electronic document submission wherever possible.

     

    15. How long will this program run?

    • The Canada Greener Homes Grant will be in place for seven years. We anticipate the uptake of this program will be high. We would encourage anyone interested in access the Greener Homes grants to get registered as soon as possible.

     

    16. How do I become an energy advisor?

     

    17. If someone has received our Solar Rebate for their home and perhaps have a second home, can the second home go through Greener Homes for the solar rebate?

    • Only primary residences are eligible for Greener Homes. People can go through as many programs as they want, but they can’t claim rebates for the same measures through multiple programs (i.e. no double-dipping). So, they can go through SolarHomes and get our current solar rebate, and still go through HEA to get rebates for insulation, windows and doors, etc. Greener Homes rebates are only available through HEA.

     

    18. What is happening with the CCHP list and the GHI funds?

    • We are still exploring this development and will update you as soon as we have more finalized information and assess the impact. For now, if customers are looking to leverage the Greener Homes rebates they must make sure it meets NRCan’s

     

    19. Is the Cold Climate Heat Pump (CCHP) list changing to meet the eligible specs outside of NS and Quebec?

    • We are still exploring this development and will update you as soon as we have more finalized information and assess the impact. For now, if customers are looking to leverage the Greener Homes rebates they must make sure it meets NRCan’s

     

    20. Can solar be taken out of the HEA to avoid capacity issues with advisors?

    • This incentive is part of the Greener Homes program and not something we can alter or change. We are continuing to offer solar rebates through SolarHomes that do not require Nova Scotians to first have an energy assessment.

     

    21. Can contractors do anything administratively to help with capacity issues? Has there been anything done to expand the list of advisors?

     

    22. If a customer has already signed up for an install, would they qualify? Can they cancel the install and rebook under HEA?

    • Customers MUST be enrolled in HEA to qualify for the Greener Homes grants. They can cancel install and rebook under HEA, but the EnerGuide evaluation has to happen before they install any upgrades and Greener Homes incentives are only available on upgrades that are recommended by an EA in their report.