Recently, Premiere-designate Doug Ford announced that he would be ending the Liberal government’s Green Ontario Fund. This means an end to Ontario homeowners’ ability to claim rebates for energy-efficient home upgrades on items like windows, thermostats, heat pumps, and insulation.
As per the GreenOn website, homeowners already signed up will still receive their rebate, if they have a signed agreement for work to be completed by August 31, 2018, and if the rebate application is submitted by September 30, 2018. For more information, please visit GreenOn.ca.
You Can Still Save
The rebate program may be gone, but it didn’t take your future savings with it. Upgrading to higher efficiency windows and HVAC products will still allow you to see savings, as will upgrading your insulation. No, you won’t receive the up to $5,000 up front, as the rebates promised. However, over time you will notice a drop in how much you pay for home heating and cooling.
Did you know that windows and doors can be blamed for up to 25% of the heat lost from your home? That means your HVAC system needs to worker harder to compensate, and in turn, you must pay more on your energy bill.
Sometimes, taking on a few repairs can remedy the problem of leaky windows. You may choose to replace the weatherstripping or repair damaged latches and cranks. However, your best bet just may be to replace the window in its entirety. If you choose this path, you’ll want to look for windows with double or triple glazing, inert gas fills, insulated frames, and other energy-efficient features. These types of features will allow you to maintain a more comfortable home while spending less on your energy bill.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
If your home is still equipped with a non-programmable thermostat, you are well past due for an upgrade. That doesn’t mean that you’ll need to go all the way up to a smart thermostat, simply opt for a basic, programmable unit. This will allow you to have your HVAC system cycle down during times when your home is empty, or at night when everyone is asleep.
A thermostat upgrade is probably the most affordable upgrade for homeowners to make, and it is an excellent first step toward creating a more energy-efficient home.
A well-insulated home is a home that experiences fewer drafts, and costs less to heat and cool. Yet, many homeowners seldom think about the insulation in their home or have any plans to upgrade it.
The best way to discover if you home is in need of an insulation upgrade is to hire a local HVAC contractor to perform an energy audit. They will do a thorough check of the common areas of energy loss and check the insulation in your home. Additionally, if you’ve noticed that your home’s upper level is too cold in winter and too hot in summer, or if you’ve noticed ice dams forming along the edges of your roof in winter, there’s a good chance that your home’s insulation needs some improvement.
Now is the time to contact a local insulation contractor about upgrading the insulation in your home’s attic, basement and exterior walls.