Grants & Incentives

Financial incentives for green building and renovations

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What is a Free Home Energy Audit Canada?

Free home energy audits in Canada

Take advantage of green home energy-efficiency renovation tax credits & incentives to help improve home performance. It starts with a free home energy audit, find out here what that is & how to identify which home improvements save the most money.… What is the free home energy audit? An energy audit is a home inspecti…

Free Energy Audits, Net Zero Home Grants & Interest Free Home Renovation Loans

0% loans & Grants for Green Home Renovations & Construction - A Boost for Canadians in 2020

Green Home Renovation Tax Credits, Net Zero Home Grants & interest free loans & incentives for home renovations will all help Canadians to live more sustainably in 2020 & beyond - Ecohome has the details...… Green Home Incentives: Net Zero Home Grants & Zero Interest Home Renovation Loans for 2020 Whatever the politic…

Ontario climate change action plan

Ontario announces ambitious climate change action plan to reduce emissions

The Ontario climate change action plan will invest in renewable energy, green infrastructure and incentives to reduce GHG emissions… Learn how the Ontario Climate Change Action Plan can benefit you directly.  In June 2016, the Ontario government adopted a new Climate Change Action Plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissio…

HERD Home energy rating disclosure

Ontario's Home Energy Rating and Disclosure plan (HERD) is great news for home buyers

The HERD plan will require all homes in Ontario to include an energy rating before listing so buyers will have a better idea of what a house will cost to operate.… As part of its shift to a low-carbon economy, the Ontario government just released its Five Year Climate Change Action Plan to promote the reduction of gre…

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2016 budget renovation tax credits are good news for everyone, homeowner or not

Some welcome announcements in 2016 provincial budgets about tax incentives for energy efficiency home upgrades.… Some provincial budgets have made big announcements regarding renovation tax credits. This is excellent news for everyone, as it could be argued that renovation tax incentives offer as good a return on inve…

Green building financial incentives

Learn what incentives and rebates are available to help you get a better performing and healthier home for less money.… Important to note: some programs may be discontinued, some new ones may be out there. Please help us keep this page updated if any of these don't work out or you know of others out there and drop a n…

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The Ontario MicroFIT program

The Ontario Feed-In-Tariff program has made micro-energy generation projects not only a noble gesture, but a profitable one as well.… According to Natural Resources Canada, over 20% of the energy consumed in Ontario is used to run homes. Of that 20% chunk, 80% is used for space and water heating alone. That means that…

Solar panel installation

Ten questions to ask a solar panel contractor

Ten things to know that will help you get the best value out of a photovoltaic solar panel system… Diligent research is absolutely essential for any homeowner looking to install a photovoltaic (PV) solar panel system on their home. But at some point, you need to hand the reins over to a trustworthy contractor. To get …

Blower Door Tests - What's the Cost & Who Does Them?

What is a blower door test? What's the cost? How do you find a company to do one?

A blower door test identifies air leakage in a home; you can find and fix those air leaks for a more airtight, mold & rot-free and energy-efficient sustainable green home.… What is a blower door test? Blower door tests are becoming part of many State and Provincial mandatory building codes - the new BC Energy Step Cod…

Phase change building materials - natural heat storage in buildings

When a substance melts or solidifies, it absorbs or releases energy. Materials that do that at room temperature can help regulate temperatures in homes.…   This article was inspired by a podcast I heard at Positive Energy, where I have yet to hear a podcast that I didn't want to listen to a second time, so check them …

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All about green home certification programs & rating systems for USA & Canada

Green Home building certification programs & rating systems offer an independent & credible third party appraisal of the health, durability & performance of homes & buildings… Why Green Home certification? As more people pursue high efficiency Green home rating certifications, they become increasingly well known and t…

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