Grants & Incentives

Financial incentives for green building and renovations

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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 emiss...

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 g...

Blown-in fiberglass attic insulation

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 in...

Green building financial incentives

Beyond just lower utility bills, there are other financial incentives to buy or build green homes. Here is a list of some federal, provincial and municipal programs that could save or even make you some money.… Important to note: some programs may be discontinued, some new ones may be out there. Please help us keep ...

Backyard solar panels

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 th...

Electric vehicle charging station

Electric Vehicles getting help from the provinces

Badly needed infrastructure for charging electric vehicles coming from the provinces, along with financial incentives for purchase… There is no question that the best way to lower emissions as we scurry about a city is to travel by foot, bike or public transportation, yet it’s unlikely we will see the end of the per...

60 Minutes On This Bicycle Can Power Your Home For 24 Hours (In Theory Anyhow)

Can you really power your home with a bicycle generator?

Would you exercise for an hour every day if the workout powered your home for twenty-four hours? EcoHome investigates if Bike Generators cut the mustard...… Mitigating climate change at home, get on your bike! As we look for ways to mitigate climate change, improving home energy efficiency and decentralising powe...

Photovoltaic solar panels

Solar heating and energy generation

It has been estimated that the sun provides as much energy in 15 minutes as humans use in a year. By taking advantage of that with heating and electrical generation, we can work to end our dependence on fossil fuels.… Solar energy Our future truly depends on us continuing to develop and implement renewable energy...

Decentralized Energy Generation for LEED, Passive House & Green Homes

Which is the Best Type of Home Energy Generation for Green Homes?

Solar panels good, coal-fired power plant electricity bad. If only it were that simple to choose. We discuss the best alternatives for producing your own power at home, from solar to wind turbines to generator bikes...… Home Energy Generation, which option is best? How the electrical grid is fed near you will be ...

tidal power generators

Tidal generators offer a predictable supply of renewable energy

Renewable power sources such as sun and wind present challenges for grid operators in being able to consistently meet demand. Tidal and river generators remove that unknown, and Cornwall, Ontario will soon benefit from a river turbine pilot project.… A project started in 2002 by Verdant Power Inc. saw tidal turbine...

Powerhouse: the new standard for positive energy design

The new Powerhouse standard factors the entire energy consumption and life cycle of buildings from cradle to grave.… Powerhouse is a new building standard that originated in Norway, one that certifies buildings that produce more energy over their lifetime than they will use. There are already many positive-productio...

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