Earth Day seems like the perfect day to share some good news on the ecoEnergy front.
On March 31st of this year, the Federal government abruptly announced an immediate end to their very popular ecoEnergy Retrofit Homes Program. Under that initiative, homeowners were able to access grants of up to $10,000 of combined Federal and Provincial contributions for specific home energy retrofits. with it.
Earlier this week, the Ontario government announced it was continuing with their half of the program for the time being. According to the Ministry of Energy website, “Ontario is reviewing its options to create and deliver effective conservation programs to Ontarians. Until such time a decision is made and notice given, Ontario will continue to fund new pre-retrofit audits. This means we will continue to pay 50% of your home’s audit, up to $150. Audits will qualify you for up to $5,000 in provincial retrofit grants.”
In my opinion, the audit is well worth doing regardless of any grants but the reality is that the funds have been the incentive that drove homeowners to participate in the program. The contributions allowed many people to carry out retrofits they may not have been able to do otherwise and the end result is that many thousands of Ontarians have improved the energy efficiency of their homes and the health of the Planet.
If you have not already booked an audit, how about doing it today on Earth Day? Locally, you can contact the Environment Network by phone or online to arrange a visit or, you can search for a certified audit delivery agency here.
Marg Scheben-Edey is a Broker with RE/MAX four seasons realty limited, Brokerage in beautiful Collingwood, ON. With three decades of experience, Marg is a leader in the local real estate marketplace and is ready to help guide both Buyers and Sellers in achieving their real estate goals. Email Marg