We all aspire to be good stewards of the environment. The inconvenient truth is that we can all do better. So, it’s important to be part of the solution and take advantage of climate-friendly government programs. For instance, the Federal Government is making it more convenient for Canadians to make their homes more energy efficient. They’re doing it through their Our Action Starts at Home – Home Energy Retrofit Initiative.

The initiative appears to be a win-win situation. As the Government of Canada’s website states, “Buildings, including our homes, account for 17 percent of Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions, so helping Canadians make where they live more energy efficient supports our environmental objectives while making homes more comfortable and more affordable to maintain. This will also create good, middle-class jobs in our communities as the energy efficiency sector accounted for more than 436,000 direct jobs in 2018.”

Take Advantage of the Government Home Energy Retrofit Initiative

Grants of up to $5,000 to help homeowners make energy efficiency upgrades

The Home Energy Retrofit program will cost $2.6 billion over 7 years, starting in 2020-21. Firstly, Canadians will be able to qualify for grants of up to $5,000 for renovations to improve the energy efficiency of their homes. For example, an insulation upgrade. Plus, the grants will be available to homeowners retroactive to December 1, 2020. Secondly, the funding will cover the cost of providing one million free EnerGuide energy assessments. Finally, there will be an increase demand for energy advisors. So, the funding will pay for the recruiting and training of energy advisors to perform the work.

The Government Home Energy Retrofit Initiative will complement other energy efficiency incentive programs available in every region of Canada. Discover energy efficiency incentive programs available in your province.

Click here to learn more about the Our Action Starts at Home – Home Energy Retrofit Initiative.

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