Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Canadian ecoENERGY Retofit Renewed

Have you wanted to make some economical and sustainable improvements to your house, yet you don't quite have the capital to go ahead with it?  The Canadian government has renewed the ecoENERGY Retofit program.  This program has been established to help encourage Canadian households to improve the efficiency of their homes.  The programs set out to do this by offering rebates for various household improvements.  This program is great for those with older houses, the best way to cut your utility bills is to improve the efficiency.

In order to be eligible for the program you must register with the program and then undergo a pre-retrofit evaluation.

The program is broken is several different categories:

  1. Heating systems
  2. Cooling systems
  3. Ventilation systems
  4. Domestic hot water equipment
  5. Insulation
  6. Air sealing
  7. Windows/doors/skylights
  8. Water conservation
 Some of the easier retrofits include (rebate value in brackets):

  • Installing a digital thermostat ($40 for 5)
  • Installing low flow toilets ($65 per toilet, up to 4)
  • Replace your doors and windows ($40 per unit)
  • Air seal your place to meet Evaluation requirement ($190)
  • Attic Insulation ($250-$750)
  • Install a drain water heat recovery coil ($95-$165 per unit)
  • Replace your hot water heater ($315-$375 per unit)

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