ecoENERGY Retrofit Program a Big Win for Homeowners and the Environment
TORONTO, April 12 /CNW/ - Canadian homeowners will be big winners now
that the Federal Government has officially launched its ecoENERGY Retrofit
initiative, offering financial incentives to Canadians who improve their
home's energy efficiency. Natural Resources of Canada's (NRCan) program is a
replacement for the extremely popular EnerGuide for Houses program cancelled
by the Government last May.
NRCan has licensed AmeriSpec Inspection Services, Canada's leading home
inspection company, to perform residential energy evaluations that identify
how homes use energy and where it is being wasted. AmeriSpec evaluators will
show homeowners how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reduce heating and
cooling costs and improve comfort in their homes, while ensuring adequate
ventilation for a healthy indoor environment.
To take advantage of the program, homeowners first must complete an
assessment by a licensed energy evaluator who will determine the home's
current energy rating. The service includes: a detailed energy evaluation of
the home, a blower door test to find air leaks, a printed report that shows
where energy dollars are being spent, recommendations on what homeowners can
do to improve their home's energy efficiency and an energy efficiency rating
label that shows how efficient their home is compared to other homes in their
Using the report's recommendations, homeowners have 18 months to complete
upgrades. Grants of up to $5,000 are available based on individual retrofit
initiatives. The average grant is expected to be close to $1,100. Homeowners
can expect to receive their cheque within 90 days of the follow-up evaluation.
Many provinces have recently announced that they will cover a portion of the
evaluation cost and/or offer additional grant monies.
"With this new program, homeowners can determine exactly what grants they
may expect when they complete energy upgrades to their homes," said Colin
Smyth, Business Leader, AmeriSpec of Canada.
According to NRCan, once homeowners complete their required energy
evaluation and make some or all of the recommended improvements; they can
expect federal grants such as:
- Furnace upgrades - up to $600
- Install a heat recovery ventilator - up to $300
- Upgrade your central air conditioner to an Energy Star(R) unit- $200
- Retrofit doors and/or windows to Energy Star(R) - $30 for each unit
17 percent of all energy used in Canada goes towards running our homes.
As many as 140,000 homeowners are expected to benefit from this national and
"By completing all of the retrofits recommended by an AmeriSpec
evaluator, homeowners should be in a position to decrease their average annual
greenhouse gas emissions by about 4.6 tonnes per year, per house and they
should also be able to reduce their energy bills by 38 percent - a huge win
for everyone!", Mr. Smyth added.
To book an appointment, or for additional information on the ecoENERGY
program, call 1-(866) 284-6010, or visit www.amerispec.ca/ecoenergy.
AmeriSpec of Canada - celebrating its 20th anniversary this year - is
Canada's Leading Home Inspection Service. As the recognized industry leader,
AmeriSpec - owned by ServiceMaster - has performed over 250,000 building and
home inspections nationwide and is Canada's single largest provider of energy
retrofit evaluations. AmeriSpec of Canada is now working under license with
Natural Resources Canada, with over 70 franchise locations from coast to
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