Contractors must sign up to make GreenOn list
By Jillian MorganGreen Technology
Rebates to complete low-carbon, energy-efficient renovations are now available to Ontario homeowners through the Green Ontario Fund, a non-profit provincial agency funded by the province’s cap on pollution and carbon market program.
The incentive program covers insulation, ground and air source heat pumps, existing heat pump repair, and replacement windows. Homeowners and tenants can also receive a $100 smart thermostat rebate through a partnership with Save on Energy.
The rebates include:
- Up to $7,200 for new insulation, with a $100 rebate for air sealing.
- Up to $20,000 for ENERGY STAR certified, geothermal ground source heat pumps, or $4,500 to repair existing heat pumps.
- Up to $5,800 in rebates for air source, ENERGY STAR certified heat pumps, or those that meet program requirements.
- Up to $5,000 for qualifying replacement windows.
In addition to the incentives program, the province is launching a free over-the-phone service – GreenON Support – to help consumers learn how to save money and reduce their carbon footprint through home upgrades.
The rebate program aligns with the province’s Climate Change Action Plan, which aims to cut greenhouse gas pollution to 15 per cent below levels recorded in 1990 by 2020, 37 per cent by 2030 and 80 per cent by 2050.
Green Ontario requires homeowners who take advantage of rebates to work with a qualified and screened contractor listed on the agency’s website. Contractors interested in participating must meet established criteria and complete training for specific, low-carbon renovations. Hopeful participants can sign up online at greenon.ca/contractor-signup. www.greenon.ca